Uncharted Territory

I am in a spot. It’s not a good spot, it’s not a bad spot. It’s a spot. I have so many things swirling in my head; it’s the main reason I haven’t written in more than a week. I’m not sure which direction to go in. I think I might have to bullet point it because together, it’s not necessarily cohesive.

  • Donald Trump is the President of the USA. It’s strange for me type. It’s surreal to hear it said. But it’s real.
  • I didn’t vote for him, but I DO accept that it is real. My discomfort with this fact doesn’t make me “a baby” or “unwilling to move on.” I respect the office of The President of the United States of America as I did when Barack Obama was president, when George W. Bush was president, and so on. My hope has and always will be that the person in that position along with the rest of the country respects the position. Of course, it needs to be said that throughout the realms of American history, this has not always been the case. (So please, you look silly when you insist people aren’t respecting DJT enough. I won’t post the burning Obama in effigy pics.)
  • I want to be wrong. I WELCOME being wrong. I pray to sweet Jesus that I backed the wrong horse in the 2016 election, and that Donald J. Trump ends up being the best president we’ve ever had. I would love it if those who voted for him gleefully tell me, “I told you so!” For the sake of this nation, I am dying to be wrong.
  • I don’t know how to act. I have something to say. I never sought to be a political activist or someone who even had a strong opinion about politics. I mean, I created this blog as an outlet for everything unimportant. I don’t like to fight with people online (or in person, for that matter.) I don’t need to change people’s minds.
  • But, I do get angry. I get angry when I see women who bash millions upon millions of women worldwide who peacefully protested in cities of all sizes. Those women (and men!) protested for a variety of reasons, but above all, they protested against OPPRESSION. I don’t care who you are or what political party you affiliate with. If you want to oppress human beings on the basis of gender, age, race, class standing, sexual orientation, sexual preference, or religion… then you are a shitty person. There. There is the lack of political correctness so many have been waiting for. You got it.
  • I get angry when people won’t listen to reason. I can’t fathom how educated (or even uneducated) citizens of the world hear blatant lies and still find ways to make it okay. They are fine with the lies. They accept the lies. The lies become their new reality, and they want to force lies down everyone else’s throat, too.
  • Yet, I have to exist in this divided society. I have to go to work. I have to make conversation at the dentist’s office. I enjoy being a part of the social media world and don’t really want to quit. I don’t want to cut people from my life because I don’t agree with or understand them.

So I’m in this spot. I don’t know how to stand up against ridiculous shit, while being respectful, while being inclusive, while loving the people I love. I think underneath it all is that I don’t want to upset anyone. I need to get over that.

I feel that after the results of the election, I tiptoe around because all of a sudden, I am “the other.” I was shocked to find how many people have starkly different beliefs than I do. I don’t know how to not think of those opposite beliefs when I’m having relationships with people. I’ve never experienced a time in my life before where political, spiritual, and fundamental belief systems give me pause when I’m interacting with friends, colleagues, family, and even strangers.

I guess I don’t have answers. I am learning as I go. I don’t want to be silent, but I don’t want to go on high blood pressure medication. I don’t believe it’s appropriate to discuss politics/religion in the workplace and it’s not necessary to do on Facebook. But, I want to say something sometimes. I want to enjoy people from every walk of life no matter who they voted for or what they believe, but I also can’t ignore bigotry and stupidity.

This is a genuine question (feel free to tweet me.) How are you (no matter what background you hail from) dealing with this political divide? How are you moving forward- together? How are you biting your tongue- or not? I have this outlet that folks can choose to read, or not, but is it too much? Is it not enough? This is uncharted territory.

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