I’ve been struggling trying to decide what to write about for the last week. Having multiple thoughts whirling around in my mind has made the choice difficult. This morning, I decided to let you in on what’s whirling.
Last weekend, I spent three days in NYC to recharge my batteries so to speak. A lovely little European-styled hotel on the upper east side was just what I needed. The BEST thing about this little tucked away gem – NO television. I spent the weekend walking, lots of walking, eating, drinking coffee, and taking pictures.
When I got home on Sunday night, the whirling thoughts re-emerged. After greeting the hubby, dog, and cat, I turned on the television, MSNBC to be precise. Immediately, my brain began spinning and has continued to do so.
Though there’s a long list of things running through my mind, politics tops the list and that’s today’s focus. Yes, I know…a taboo subject.
I realize what I need to do – turn OFF the news, but unfortunately it’s like someone telling you to not look at a train wreck. No matter how horrid it may be, natural curiosity makes you look. That’s how it is for me anyway. I want to know what’s going on in the world, how it will affect me, my friends, strangers, the nation and the world as a whole. North Korea, China, Russia, Syria, MOAB, chemical warfare, Somalia, taxes, healthcare, education, social unrest, and accountability, or rather the lack of it.
I’ve never been one of those political people. It wasn’t that I didn’t know a bit of what was going on or that I didn’t care; it was more that I had no interest in becoming involved. I’m still not necessarily THAT involved, but I am definitely more interested. I think I owe that interest to Donald Trump. I believe he has activated people in this country in a way that hasn’t been seen since the 60’s and 70’s, whether or not he intended to do so.
I do believe people should be involved in politics, if for nothing else, their own education. With that being said, everyone should also take a break from it, otherwise it WILL consume your life. To keep from being consumed, I took my trip to NYC to settle back into myself, ground myself, recharge myself. There may be more television-free getaways needed to keep my sanity in these fascinating political times. Whatever happens I will remain strong like the little girl facing the bull on Wall Street.