I've decided to mostly stay away from Facebook for the next month, at least until after the election is over. My feed has become a 24/7 blast of screaming election noise, and I can't take it. I wake up in the middle of the night panicked at the idea that Donald Trump could be our next President, worried how I can convince everyone I know to not vote for him. I am so disappointed with it all. And you know, it's all based on where we get our news. It's entirely possible in this country for two equally intelligent people to come to completely different conclusions based on which station they tune their radio to on their way to work in the mornings, which channel they're watching when the nightly news comes on. And we surround ourselves with people who think like us, so we repeat the same stories to each other, making fiction into fact, or embellishing fact into fiction.
Anyhow, Facebook moratorium. Sort of. Mostly. For today, so far. I turned off the notifications on my phone, but I didn't delete it. So there's how you know I'm not completely committed here. I can feel a difference already, though. Seriously. My mind is quieter, I'm not as anxious. I'm legit scared about the potential outcomes of this election, but I can't bear to think about it anymore. I'm practicing my serenity prayer, practicing the power of positive thinking, reminding myself that I cannot change the way things will be - that I only have one vote. I do not have the emotional strength to try to change peoples' minds. I do not want to have debates with people I respected up until we started this election cycle. So I'm going to try really hard to avoid any mention of politics for the next few weeks. I'm not going to think about what is hanging in the balance. I'm going to focus on my family and myself instead of rich people who don't give one single fuck about me. I'm going to do the best I can each day to recognize and appreciate how awesome this life is, right this minute, and I'm not going to worry too much about the big looming questions of the future and what may be.
Tonight, for example, after dinner, instead of me sending the girls off to play while I got more and more angry at the internet and all of the dumb people on it, my phone stayed in my bag, and Cora and I took Finn for a walk around the block. It was awesome - we chatted and ran and laughed. She's getting so big so fast, and I'm missing so much of it just for the fact of having to work and be away from her most of the day 5 days a week; I really should try harder to not waste the little time I do have with them with my face buried in a screen, my blood pressure spiking over things I can't control.
They started a new daycare this week, and I'm so glad and excited for it. This one is so far above and beyond what we had; they have a curriculum! they have two teachers in every classroom! they have cameras recording constantly! they are organized! In short, I love this new school. It's closer to my office, and so far seems to have adjusted our commute in a way that gets us home in much better time. Or maybe that's just the shifted traffic pattern now that the bridges and roads are opening back up along the KY/IN border, but whatever.
Life is good. I need to remember that in the moment, and not just at the end of the day, after a beer or two, when I'm getting all sentimental and reflective. Life is so so good. And so short. I should not sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff. When did I get so uptight? What's got me all wound up and bitchy? Maybe I need to disconnect from everything for a while, see if I can get down to the fundamentals. I'm sure there are journals and study guides out there that help you discover yourself, right? I'm not going to spend my money on one, but I'd consider reading some information like that online for free.
I'm starting to talk crazy talk. I think maybe it's time for bed. Sweet dreams. :)