Perhaps you are too young to remember this. Remember the days where you would write to the newspaper with your opinion on a topic? You’d write a letter to the editor, perhaps. It was always signed with your name and address. Then others might read your letter and take the time to compose their own letter to you. They would share their name and address and let you know how they felt about your letter. Perhaps they disagreed and listed their reasons why. Or perhaps they agreed with you and were delighted you decided to publicize this information. It was a time of ladies and gentleman. What a concept – well thought out, respectful communication.
Today what do we have? We have these so called keyboard warriors or online trolls. They spend hours spewing their hateful comments all over the World Wide Web or social media in the comfort of their anonymous homes. They are brash, quick and ready to fight because they believe that their opinion is right -or they are just there to be disrespectful, just for fun. And the worst part is, they can go online and delete anything they’ve said and easily deny the whole thing. This very example must be listed under cowardice in the dictionary.
I miss the days where ladies and gentleman existed. And for you #MeToo folks I don’t mean ladies who sat idly by because of their so-called place, I mean people who made statements based on research and truths because it was the right thing to do and because they felt strongly about it. They read, they listened and they respectfully discussed. What a novel idea. How can we get that back?
One of those things you must read.
ISB is home sick on the couch today. Boo. But, it’s a good excuse to sit down and blog. I decided to revisit my not so “resolutionary”resolutions from 2017. Here’s last year’s post with some commentary on how I did:
1. Less pop music, more podcasts EH, not so much.
2. Less iPhone more film cameras TOTAL failure.
3. Less typing, more handwriting NAILED IT.
4. Less social media, more time with friends QUITE POSSIBLY!
5. Utilize the resources ahead of me and see what inspiration springs forth Not sure!
I’ve never been a goal-oriented person simply because there are too many things I’d like to do!! SO the list I made last year was a bit above the bar. I’ll admit I completely failed at number two. I knew I would. I tried my hand at podcasts and couldn’t really get into them. Instead, I continue listening to audiobooks from the library. As for number four, I did go out with friends last night and hosted friends at home a few times this year! I deleted (but returned to) social media. I broke out of the habit of scrolling the feed first thing in the morning. I think all the reports about the President and all the online fighting really turned me away from social media. My best efforts were number three. I started writing articles for the local paper about my library. Some were typed up, but a few I wrote by hand. And I must say, the better quality articles came from those written in pencil in a notebook. I quit the paper pretty quickly (did I mention it wasn’t a paid position) and decided to start writing a book. It took me along time to try and figure out exactly what kind of book that might be. I certainly don’t want to write a biography. I don’t want to do research for a non-fiction book and I sure as hell can’t write a novel!! I thought maybe if I combined my photographs and writing I might just get it right. And so far, I have. I got a little inspiration from the book Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky. His sweet book features a photo accompanied by a short story. So I think maybe that is the way I will start writing. I hope to start typing up the stories soon, add a few more then find a publisher.
So now, on this last day of 2017, it time for another list. Of all the things that happened this year, I think the most negative has had the biggest impact on me – negativity. It was a year filled with scandal, sexual abuse, terrorism and hate. Hate is all over social media and it makes me so annoyed. It is incredible how much time humans waste fighting back and forth with complete strangers on Facebook about politics. I consider them losers, really. I realize that is a strong word. I’d much rather them take the time to contact their local government officials. I wish people would try to send a more positive message. I obviously can’t expect anyone else to be positive, so maybe it should start with me. Positivity attracts positive people. Negativity attracts negative people. Maybe I can send a positive message. I think my blog does that but only to a small group (and by that I mean my friends, husband and my MOM!) I’ve had Youtube on my brain lately. I wonder if it would be a good outlet for me and my message(s). It is a terrifying thought though, having my face on Youtube. I may be a slightly eloquent writer but I am not the best speaker. I wonder who would watch. My father always says, nothing ventured, nothing gained. When I was younger, I would roll my eyes at him, but as I get older I realize he is right. So onto the 2018 list:
- Finish writing the book and get it published.
- Start a Youtube channel and make a difference
- Read more (typical I know)
- Walk or bike to work more.
- Sew at least 4 projects
Sometimes I feel like this world is spiraling out of control. Often I feel so consumed by online news, social media and even TV. We are a spoiled, ungrateful culture with every answer and luxury at our fingertips (PHONES) and it is getting on my nerves. People spend hours of their lives arguing on Facebook with complete strangers or violently march the streets claiming they are better than others and will have it no other way. Yuck. Just yuck.
I never imagined I would be sick of music but when you have a digital subscription like Apple Music or Amazon you can search any song, any time and play it whenever you like. This has prompted me to try to become more mindful these days. I am trying to go back to my analog ways. And that has started with giving up digital calendars for paper and cancelling my digital music subscription. SO nice to take the time to read and write with pencil. In addition, we purchased a record player a while back. I have never appreciated music more than I do now. Daily, I carefully choose an album from our collection, play it and when it is over, I have to get up off the couch and flip it over. I am so aware and it feels great. I even take the time to notice the album cover art. Remember how excited you’d be when buying a new CD – to open the CD and unfold the inserts?! Even to read the dedications by the artist?! WOW!
We had a day off and wandered up to the shops in the big cities. We found a great comic book store wth a wonderful selection of records. We had a great time. Browsing for records always prompts conversation between my husband and me – that’s right – TALKING FACE TO FACE. Remember that? That’s another thing that has died thanks to digital everything. We both expressed how excited we were to return home to play the records and sip wine.
Am I nostalgic? YES. But I am certainly no fuddy-duddy. Really, I’m not!!
As a matter of fact, earlier in the day we were on Youtube looking up 70s, 80s & 90s TV commercials. We had A BLAST reliving our childhood. And I was so thankful for the ability to do so.
I do believe in “everything in moderation.” Now if I could only apply that to my sugar and wine consumption…..