Warning. Snark Alert.
Oh yeah, this one is going to be a little snarky. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you are aware that most of my writing is on the ‘upbeat’ side. There’s usually a lesson learned or a happy ending and so forth. I try not to make it too cheesy, but I like to put a positive spin on life’s little ‘events.’ It’s how I get through them. And I hope that maybe it might help some of my readers see their own situations with a new positive light. Hey, it could happen. No point floating through the world only seeing the bad, right? Might as well make lemonade and whatnot.
Sometimes things just piss me off. And I’m not so sure there’s going to be a positive spin to put on it. So, brace yourself.
Now, I fully understand that my writings and the things I share aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s cool. Whatev. I’m not writing for you. I’m writing for the ones who do want to read it. (And I’m writing for myself – unloading some of this stuff in my brain to make room for other important things.) So, basically, if you don’t like my stuff, that’s fine. My blog and my Facebook posts are not required reading on some syllabus. Move along. It’s that simple.
But someone criticized me pretty harshly the other day. They remarked that not everyone wants to read about my frilly, unimportant love life and that there are bigger things going on in the world. And most notably – that I should stop all of these “cries for attention” with my Facebook and blog posts.
Let me tell you a little something.
I’m not stupid. I don’t hide my head in the sand and refuse to see the events of the world around me. You think I don’t know that bad things are happening in the world? You think I don’t know that there are children starving in other countries? You think I don’t know that our own country is being ripped apart by differing views on gay rights, abortion stances, lingering racism, etc. You think I’m an idiot? Well, I’m not. I have a newspaper. I have the internet. I have a brain.
But you know what makes me different from you?
I purposely and actively choose to pay attention to the things that make me happy.
“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.”
– Jose Ortega y Gasset
Yes, those things make me sad. Yes, I care. Yes, I wish there was something I could do about it. But there’s not. Yes, it sucks that Paula Deen was/is racist. Yes, it sucks that that signifies that there are still racial issues in this country. But my choosing not to jump on the bandwagon of criticism and shunning her does not make me uncaring. And it most definitely does not make me a racist. I just understand what I can and cannot change. One woman being an ass is not something that I have time and energy to devote to right now. Who knows what was said and done by her? And frankly, why should we care? Really. Why? Is it a shock to you that someone in this world is racist? Well, it shouldn’t be. A lot of people are. A lot of people also hate gay people and think they shouldn’t be afforded the same rights as the rest of us. A lot of people still think women shouldn’t be in affluent positions. A lot of people are jerks. This shouldn’t be a newsflash.
So, no. My blog is not centered around Paula Deen or racism or third world countries. You’re right. It’s not. It’s about the things that I have in my world on a regular basis. It’s about the battles I choose and not about the ones I don’t.
And yes, maybe I do write for “attention.” I mean, is that really a shocker? I’m a writer, for God’s sake. We write to be read. I’m also an actor. Hello? An actor looking for attention? SHOCKING! It’s who I freakin’ am. And besides, I’m not doing anything any different than anyone else who ever posts a Facebook status. We all just want to be heard. Regardless of the topic. Regardless of whether it’s uber important current issues, or whether it’s the cutesy happy events of everyday life. If you don’t want to hear about my everyday happy life, then move along.
And hey, just for good measure, let me just wrap this up with a little lovey dovey picture of me and Richard.
Awwwww. Ain’t it sweet? We’re so in love.
Oh and hey. Here. Look at this picture of a cute little puppy.
For my regular readers, I apologize for the sarcasm. I hope you’ll be back. This is just a temporary vent. It happens.
But to my criticizer?
Thanks for the attention. 😉
But hey, on a serious note: I truly hope you can find happiness in your life so that you can stop focusing on the things that make you miserable. I used to be just like you. It’s a sad, sad place to be. When you want to enact change, focusing on the negative is not going to work. Broadcasting the negative is not going to work. Screaming at the people who disagree with you is not going to work.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
You want things to change, something to disappear, something to go way? Stop feeding it. Stop spreading it.
If you have an unwelcomed dinner guest, stop setting a place for them at your table.
It’s that simple. (Believe me – I’ve had to learn that lesson myself lately.)
You alone cannot change how someone else thinks – you can’t change the whole world with one mean-spirited Facebook post. But you can change your world. Choose what you concentrate on. Choose where you put your energies.
I’m not saying one person can’t eventually change the world. Maybe they can. But I’m certain that they should probably start with changing their own world first.
“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
– Wade Boggs