Last week I decided to take a break from almost everything related to the election.
Instead of watching/reading/worrying about election noise, I got to focus more on other things like, a nice sunrise this morning.
I was getting a major case of election burn-out since I am not voting for any of the candidates at the State or National levels, it will be who or what I am voting against and I have already made up my mind on things.
Yes, I know how important this election cycle is and am not downplaying that…it just got to the point where the vitriol, rhetoric, lies, propaganda and divisiveness from all corners were taking me to a dark place and I needed to get off the feeding frenzy of hate.
What did I do
I really believe that Facebook is part of the problem for many of us. Yes, it allows us to share what is going on in our lives, see what old friends and even family are doing, but it also allows a considerable amount of unnecessary negativity into our lives.
So, if someone shared something on Facebook, I would go up to that little tab and either “hide post” or “hide all from”.
I did this without regard to whether it was democratic/republican, liberal/conservative and especially to whatever meme, P.A.C. or other politically affiliated group that was being shared. I have good friends on both sides of most issues and both sides believe just a vehemently that their beliefs are valid, well reasoned and justified.
I did unfollow a few people, who were, well just being complete arseholes on both sides of the issues, not because I disagreed with their views.
This morning my Facebook timeline is mostly about the New York Marathon (Go Jen, Gary and all the others), some news stories, what people are doing in their lives and a few posts on guess what – RUNNING SHOES.
It is almost free of election crap, which is what I wanted.
My Twitter time line has had very few politically related Tweets and those were easily dismissed, since I don’t really do all that much there anymore.
I have also purposely not read more than a very new articles relating the election. When election commercials come on the television, I have learned to simply tune them out or I have taken to watching movies/playing video games and on the radio in the truck, I just switch the station.
How did work out?
I am a lot more relaxed, not feeling as anxious or as depressed about how the election will turn-out. I will vote and see what happens, that is all I can do for now.
I just want Tuesday to be over with and we get to figure out where we go from here.
At some point, we have to come back together as a Country and get back to:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Not two ideological camps who will not or cannot compromise for the common good.
If this keeps up, nobody wins.