MONDAY! Happy Monday Friends! I hope every one had a fabulous weekend, and you’ve started off the new week on the right foot, with a lot of coffee.
So I know I said that I was going to pack for the race this weekend, but I haven’t yet, it’ll probably happen the night before around midnight, just to be honest. I really think I’m putting it off because I don’t even know where to start, plus I still need my running clothes for the beginning of the week, so I can’t really pack it. That’s okay, I wasn’t really planning on sleeping this week anyway.
I got my estimated running times, and let’s just say; 2am, oomph- I’m gonna need a caffeine IV.
I couldn’t sleep last night, it was one of those lay there with eyes wide open, counting sheep all night- kind of nights. It wasn’t that I was awake though, I wastired, but I have trouble getting past things that people say sometimes- stupid statements stick with me, mostly because I want to figure them out.
I grew up in a house where my parents discussed politics regularly, so did my aunts, uncles, grandparents- everyone had an opinion. My parents made multiple newspapers more than available to us- by having them delivered to our front porch every morning. They encouraged us to watch the news, and look into topics that interested us. But the most important thing to them was that we were giving accurate information, we had to know what we were talking about before we opened our mouths, or else we’d be called out.
Regardless of how much parents discussed issues, one thing they never did- ever, was tell us who they voted for. They wanted us to make our own decisions and form our own opinions. So, like my mom, in this little rant, on my part of the internet, I’m not going to tell you who I’m voting for. I love politics, but I love them because they give me options, they allow me to believe and have opinions on topics I think are most beneficial to myself and society as a whole. I know what’s going on in the election, I have since intermission from the last one was over, but I never voice it- not at work, not at school, and definitely not on the internet.
So, are we all clear on that? What I’m about to write has nothing to do with my political opinion, it has to do with my confusion with the American people and how they act towards each other during an election year;
- Why are people being mean to each other? Like, seriously? This- I don’t agree with your opinion so I’m going to make fun of you on facebook- thing has got to stop. It’s like, 7th-grade-bullying-out-of-control. It’s cool if you have an opinion- that’s what it’s about- but ya know what? It’s cool that someone else has a different opinion. See, that’s why our whole system works, we’re allowed to have different point of views, and no one is supposed to be criticized for that. I know that people won’t stop being vocal until the election is over, but can you be vocal in an adult way? Like, maybe, do you see how calling someone a name because of a different stance on a subject is not, lets say, mature? Why not say; “Hey I can see where your opinion comes from, this is mine….”, and if your goal is to get more people to be on your side, playing nice like that is more effective than giving an entire political party a bad name. This is basic, be nice to your neighbor stuff, right?
- If you don’t vote, you don’t get an opinion. I have heard too many people tell me that they aren’t going to vote. The reasons range from; I don’t know how to register, all the way to hulk smashing our whole political system. So, if you don’t know how to register, let me help you; go to the post office- it’s all there- it’s easy- do it. If your reason for not voting involves anything to do with how you hate our current political system; I suggest you take an United States Government class. If you can’t get into one, I’ll give you a brief summary of why your reason is a stupid one not to vote; we vote, to change things we don’t like; if you don’t like what’s happening, do your research and vote for someone who will work better for you. That’s it. Easy.
It’s awesome that so many people want to be involved, and want to have a say for themselves, their children, and the homeless man down the street- but just play nice. And know what you’re talking about, don’t be surprised if you start spewing facts that your brothers-neighbors-cousins-kid said and someone mentions that you may want to look up some info to back it up. Be an informed adult.
Thank you for listening.
-Steps off soap box-
Anything really been bothering you lately?