It has been a long while since I have wanted to blog. But I have found a reason to come back to this format. I have spent a lot of time on Social Media like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. I think that it is a wonderful place to share friendships and family relationships and celebrating life.
However, I have found it a toxic environment for discussion of Politics of any sort. If you value your family and friends above your opinions, I suggest leaving the social media format and move back to blogging. I want very much to “voice” my opinion, but not at the expense of my relationships. So I have come back to blogging as a place to put my voice on subjects of a political nature.
I think that this is where I can speak my truth.
I think this is where I can speak about my rage when I want to. The fact that I do not feel comfortable speaking my truth outloud without upsetting people I care about on Social Media is crazy, but I have lost relationships over this. So I have to be careful not to go there. If I do, some friends and family pounce on me with their opposition and to some extremes, unfriend me or argue to the point of uncontrolled anger.
My nephew J called me recently and wanted to engage me in discussion. He even asked me who I was leaning toward in the next election. Really? We are polar opposites in our beliefs. Why would I even consider going down that path with him. It is none of his business who I would vote for. I would definitely not discuss this with him on social media. I am not interested in debate. I have my own thoughts, I do not need theirs…and they don’t really want mine.
There is no real way on social media to find common ground. That is not what people do. They argue relentlessly back and forth, tit for tat, trying to one-up each other, there is no such thing as compromise. There is only making your own point.
And in an effort to be transparent, I am just as dug in on my point of view as they are with theirs. I don’t want to hear the other side. I want to give voice to MY TRUTH. So here I am, back on my blog where it is permissible to say exactly what I want to say and not have to defend my feelings or opinions. My opinions are my own. Feelings come from the heart. The heart knows what the heart knows.
That is all.