I’m tired of talking about politics. I really am. It’s exhausting watching news feeds all day trying to figure out what is going on with our country.
But you know what? I’ll keeping doing it. I will continue to talk, share and post about current events on my social media feed. I would be thrilled if I didn’t have to think about the current administration every minute of every day. But at this moment in history, engagement is key to survival. As tired as we are less than a month into a new presidency, we can’t let fatigue, apathy or our collective sense of overwhelmedness (yes, that’s a word now, I’ve decided) stop us from speaking out against injustice when we see it.
I would love to only post about my animals and my kid, and I am sure some of my friends would like that as well. But that’s not reality. My reality is fighting for our friends and neighbors who are scared. My reality is attending demonstrations, rallies, and marches. My reality is showing up and lending my presence to those who need it. My reality is three waves of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in just as many weeks. It’s immigrants and refugees losing their lives and livelihoods while waiting for the freedom that they earned and were promised. It’s addressing the continued oppression of people of color and religious minorities. It’s continuing the fight for equality for all, not just for some.
One day, I hope to go back to sharing harmless memes, adorable anecdotes and silly pictures of my dog and cat cuddling. I really do. But right now, all my energy is focused on how to ensure that the world I leave my child is one of kindness, respect and justice. And if that means your Facebook feed is a little more politics-fueled than you’d like, that’s a small price to pay.
Or you can always unfollow.