My last blog post was a little angry, and I definitely flew off the handle a bit. I probably offended some people in the process, and honestly probably contributed to the madness that was happening at the time -- despite the whole point being to encourage people to stop it. Instead of focusing on such things and letting the negativity fester inside myself, today I am thankful -- not just because it's Thanksgiving, but because I truly have many great things in my life to be thankful for.
I am thankful for my job. I don't make a ton of money, but I have flexibility to live life the way I want. Most importantly, I work with great people and absolutely love what I do -- it's fulfilling.
I am thankful for simple pleasures like coffee, yogi teas, wine, bourbon, potatoes (I have a problem), pasta, and pizza.
I am thankful for my family. I have really lucked out in this area of my life -- they're all pretty great. They've been my biggest fans and supporters through everything in my life -- big and small. I miss them all like crazy, but they've been awesome about staying in touch and keeping me updated. I can't wait to see them for Christmas.
I am thankful for simple pleasures like air fresheners, sheets washed with downy, swiffer products, and a good sweeper. It's the Danny Tanner in me.....I can't help it.
I am thankful for my tiny little self-made family: Will and Mozzie. They fill my life with love, laughter, and joy everyday. I am incredibly lucky to have these two boys in my life. They're also both pretty cute........ridiculous, but cute.
I am thankful for things like Amazon Prime, bikram yoga, Netflix, my fitbit, NPR programs, starbucks rewards, good internet, memes that make me laugh, and my "stories" like Once Upon a Time that have become guilty pleasures. None of these things are necessary, but they're wonderful luxuries that I'm very thankful for.
I am thankful for my future in-laws. I could not ask for a better family to become a part of. These amazing individuals welcomed me with open arms and have treated me like a long-lost daughter ever since.
I am thankful for my education and training, and the amazing musicians I've had the pleasure of training and working with over the years. I'm thankful for the love of music that my family instilled in me when I was young. It's such a huge part of who I am -- I can't imagine life any other way.
I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface with that list, but it's enough to put things back into perspective again. I am thankful for many things. I'm a happy and lucky girl.
Facebook is a terrifying place right now. This is the third presidential election I have been through while on Facebook, and it is by far the worst. I have not been totally silent about my dislike of how the election has gone, but I also have not gone on a rampage on social media like many others. Everyone is SO angry right now. Facebook is a literal sh*t storm of anger, insanity, immaturity, and everyone's "opinions." It's basically a bunch of monkeys throwing their poop at each other -- and it's exactly why Facebook should never have allowed anyone but college kids on their site. I don't really mean that, but yet I do.
My freshman class was the last round of college kids that entered Facebook when it was in its "purest form." Granted, Facebook remaining in that "pure form" would mean that I would no longer have access to Facebook.......but if that would reduce the amount of stupidity that is blowing up at least ONE part of the internet, it would be worth it. I would gladly revoke that "right." I'm not saying that college kids aren't also guilty of the insanity that is currently being posted, but people........the epic political posts, the propaganda, the memes that you think are funny that showcase your "opinions" you hold so dear, and the downright nastiness has got to stop. There's a difference between being active in politics and just being an a-hole. Unfortunately most people are the latter.
And those "opinions?" This is how I feel about them right now:
The reason why I don't want to hear them is not because I don't think you are entitled to them......it's because so many people are confusing their "opinions" with facts. Just because you believe something strongly does not make it a fact, and it certainly does not give you the right to treat others so poorly. I've seen families get in epic arguments on Facebook over this damn election. FAMILIES!!! It's embarrassing and appalling.
Look.......I didn't want Clinton OR Trump to end up in office. They both suck. SUCK. Every single election people talk about voting for the "lesser of two evils." The "lesser" depends on your opinion. That opinion you are allowed to have -- still not fact, but you are entitled to it. But when it comes down to basic human rights, you are NOT allowed to have an opinion on that. Basic human rights are not negotiable. Bottom line: one candidate was threatening those rights and one was not.
And forget about abortion........If I see one more person compare gay rights to abortion I'm going to scream. STOP. They are not the same. You cannot compare the rights of people who are currently existing in this world to the rights of those who do not. I digress..........
The bottom line is that unless you are one of the people that is going to be affected by the choice our country just made......STOP. Please.........stop.
I usually try to keep my posts positive and steer clear of things like this, but I'm angry too. It sucks that we're where we are -- it truly does. That is undeniable. It sucks that our political system is so broken and corrupt to where Clinton and Trump were the only candidates we could come up with. So where do we go from here???
All we can do is love and support each other. Regardless of how you voted or how you feel, I beg you.......please stop spewing hateful things. Stop getting into fights on social media. Stop making the people who are disappointed feel like they're wrong for being upset. They are upset for reasons you cannot possibly understand. Like with all presidential terms, we will get through this. But it will be a hell of a lot easier if we start treating each other as equals and stop the BS.
I feel like I'm teaching kindergarten......."Children.......CHILDREN!!!! Let's put on our listening ears. If you can't say something nice............." and all the children say, "don't say anything at all."
Jamie out. (*drops mic*)
I'm an "adult," or so I've been told. I do "adult" things, I have an "adult" job, I pay bills, and I drink bourbon and wine. I have great friends and family, an amazing husband, and generally a pretty good life. I have achieved many things, yet so little at the same time. I'm in my 30s, yet I feel more clueless than when I graduated college. This is how I "adult."