Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The closest thing to a political post I will ever write.

I was reading my friend Prairie Gumbo and it got me thinking. I was going to leave her a comment but realized it would turn into something much bigger.
I have also be labeled apathetic, once by someone I love.
After many years of growing up, and six months of therapy I had an epiphany. I cannot fix everyone or everything. No matter how hard I try or the amount of guilt I pile on it just cannot be done. I can only be mentally and emotionally responsible for those living breathing beings in my little house in Jeff.
That is not to say that I am uncaring or unfeeling. I just have x amount of energy and it must be saved for the things I can actually do something about. Things I can change, things that directly affect me and mine. 9-11 was tragic, the war in Iraq, Bush should he stay or should he go, AIDS, gun control, illegal immigrants, I could continue two or three more paragraphs. While these are very important issues and do affect me in certain ways, I cannot fix them. Even my extended family, who I love, will become my burden to carry. If I allow even a little bit of my energy to become focused there, it will begin to consume me. I will begin spending every minute trying to figure out how to help or fix whatever may be going on.

Some days I have to turn off the news, I just can't take in all the horrors that are happening. I know it seems like I am burying my head in the sand, sometimes it feels that way to me.
So I don't even know all of the ridiculous things that Jerry Falwell had said. I may not be very religious or attend church, but I try to live a life of acceptance and tolerance. Even of things I feel are wrong. Everyone has the right to live the way they want(lest their life is hurting others) without me or anyone else trying to force our beliefs on them. We all know about the freedom of religion and speech, well we also have the freedom to care or not to care. Or in my case, to care as much as I am able.


  1. BRAVO!!! I feel very much the same way as you do. I'm so glad you wrote this.

  2. Well said! You are using your energy in the best way possible.


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