A Birthday Fit For 2016

This year, 2016, has been the worst year of my life for a multitude of reasons.

You would think the year of the car accident would be the worst year.

Or, perhaps, one of the Pain-Off-the-Charts years that followed.

But, even when all of that accident/pain stuff was at its worst, there were still many good things in my life.

But …?

This year has just sucked in nearly every possible way.

So, of course, it’s only fitting I had the worst birthday of my life last week – right?

Why not just finish off the year in a pile of YUCK like the entire rest of the year?

My kids called on my birthday night to chat and that was truly the only positive in the entire day.

Every other person I’d expect to think of me that day, celebrate with me, or reach out to me – forgot or didn’t bother.

I spent the day alone and/or doing errands and chores.

I cried a zillion times because I’ve never felt so unloved.

(A feeling I’m not over still.)

And, eventually, I made the decision I will plan all my future birthdays myself.

Speaking of negative sh*t …

Tomorrow is election day here in the United States.

I think we’ll all be glad when the election is over since this has been the most negative, hate-filled, campaign in our country’s history.

I, honestly, wonder if our country can heal from how badly it’s divided right now.

The other day I heard someone spouting off all sorts of nonsense about the candidates and I was left shaking my head.

Where did this person get their information?

Did they fact check any of it?

It is 2017 and you can google “fact check” after every debate, campaign speech, etc and discover what the ACTUAL facts are.

Guess what?

They often are NOT what you’re reading on Facebook, hearing from a candidate, or hearing in ads and/or the media.

Also?

I would encourage EVERYONE to not only fact check, but to listen to news/read publications from whatever they consider the “enemy camp.”

Yes, that’s right – if you think a network or newspaper/magazine is too liberal/too conservative for your belief system –

I encourage you to read/listen to what is being said with an open mind.

Making an educated decision on a candidate, or proposition, means truly understanding both points of view.

If you only read/listen to things that support your preconceived ideas then you aren’t fully educated on the issues.

Lastly, regardless of the outcome of the election, I hope you will do your part afterward to help heal our country and not further divide it.

We don’t need more hate.

We don’t need more name calling and divisiveness.

Most human beings are good people hoping for a positive future.

Our political system may be flawed, but constantly attacking it (or each other!) won’t solve any problems.

Wouldn’t it be a nice change if people worked WITH the system,

And made changes to it in a nice, pleasant, manner within the laws and structures we have to do so?

I am so ready for 2017!

6 Responses to “A Birthday Fit For 2016”

  1. Julieanne

    Awwww Suzanne!!! That’s so sad!!! I’m thinking of you down here in Oz and sending belated birthday wishes as well as sending my luck for your election, we will be glued to the telly (tv) here all day to see what the outcome is. Hope you have a positive day soon xx

  2. Missy Stalcup

    A well written “birthday vent”. I too have always loved celebrating my birthday, no matter my age, and I am sorry you weren’t celebrated in the way you deserve. Now on to the election-OMG this has gotten out of control and like you I am nervous for November 9th. I am encouraging everyone I know to do their part and vote, if they haven’t done so already. I would like to close with an observation-I haven’t seen bumper stickers and frankly I would be afraid to put a sticker on my car for fear of the car being vandalized. Sad commentary on the state of our politics.

  3. Judi

    Sorry it was such a crappy birthday. I agree 100% that it’s important to understand both sides, and to read outside your echo chamber of like-minded people. My hubby and I are on opposite sides, and we had a loooooooong talk yesterday really trying to get to the root of our beliefs and values. I can’t wait until this thing is over, but you’re right that there will still be a lot of work and healing to do no matter the outcome.

  4. Michelle

    I’m so sorry that all except your kids forgot your birthday! I’m not on media every day so I missed it too. :c

    On the other hand, I can see you are totally ready for this year to be over! – “It is 2017 and you can google “fact check” after every debate, campaign speech, etc and discover what the ACTUAL facts are.” 😀

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