While the girls and I were driving around Fayetteville on Friday, one of the topics of conversation between the daughters and me involved the political postings on Facebook. Now, you all know how political I can be. You all know how vocal I am about the issues affecting many of us here in the US.
I had an epiphany! I realized this is detrimental to my mental health and well-being. I read about something that is going on in our country that will have a negative impact on some of my family members and many of my friends and my blood pressure goes through the roof. I have found myself going from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other faster than you can blink. Every night I go to bed more emotionally worn out than from physical exertion. More often than not, I find myself wanting to pick up my flat edge shovel (not the round spade, the flat one has more surface area) and bash people across their face. Yes, I am harboring a LOT of anger.
I don't have a hard solution for this. I've taken a few days away from Facebook and when I come back I feel much better ... for about an hour. Then the ignorance and negativity rears up again and I'm right back to where I was when I took a break. By now I'm sure you are saying, look, Vickie, you go through this a few times a year and once you get it worked out you get yourself back to normal. Usually, I would agree with you, not this time though. I'm making some changes to the things I see on Facebook, the things I watch on the telly and the people I interact with.
IMO, the US has gone to hell in a hand basket and as long as #45, the idiots he has appointed to his "cabinet" and the other scumbags (aka: the Republican House and Senate) are in control I don't see anything good happening for the foreseeable future. So, while I will never be all light and love, I'm refusing to read, talk about or post anything related to the political climate in MY country until there are some major changes made. I've begun removing Facebook pages that are political, I'm unliking things that have begun posting more articles of a political nature and I'm skimming over many of the posts from my friends. Why? Because I can and I won't give up my sanity or my mental health for something I have no control over ATM.
Yes, I "used" to be extremely politically active, and I still am if the truth be told, I did write a bunch of letters to my representatives, and I honestly do not think my words had any impact on any of them. In case you have forgotten, North Carolina is a RED state and our senators and representatives here could give a rats ass about how any of us feel. As long as they get theirs, they just don't give a fuck about any of us. Even our own Democratic Governor can't do his job because his hands are tied with the new laws that were implemented by the childish, ignorant and heartless outgoing governor and the Republican state legislature.
I'm more than frightened by the changes being made, just to spite the first black President we had. Anything Barack Obama did is being undone, steamrolled and completely removed simply because he was a very well educated black man. Those good ol boys in the Senate can't have none of that, that darky needs to remember his place. FUCK THAT SHIT!! Unfortunately, this is what the United States has become. We are the laughing stock 0f the world. And I'm sick, worn out and exhausted. I'm just done.
So for now, politics won't be discussed here on the blog, shared or discussed on my Facebook page. I have no idea what I'm going to be writing about nor do I know how long this "break" is going to last. I do know if I keep going as I have been I'm either gonna have a stroke or kill someone. Neither of those options sound acceptable to me.