There’s a quote that I saw a long time ago that makes me think every once in a while.
“If you aren’t outraged, you haven’t been paying attention.”
I said it makes me think every once in a while. Why only think? Why aren’t I more outraged with what is going on in the world today? Why am I not standing up and shouting from the rooftops that I am not going to stand for any of this crap anymore? Why aren’t there more people shouting from the rooftops?
I think it’s because there’s too much. There are too many things to even begin tackling any of it and feel like anything is helping. The rich get richer, the middle class are slowly being phased out, and America, the country I love, is slowly shifting to the curb as far as effectiveness, change, and progress.
Where could I start? With my senators and congresspeople? I’ve written to them and received canned responses time and time again. Local school boards and people around me? Sure, I guess, but how much would I honestly effect? Or is it affect? That always confused me 🙂
I feel like I’m drowning sometimes with work, with finances, with lack of time, lack of energy. I feel like …. I was watching Eat Pray Love the other day with Fae and one of her Italian friends was talking about how Americans work so hard and give up so much just to say “It’s Miller Time and I deserve time off, or this vacation” and it really made me think and rethink how I go about my day. Is that what it’s all about? About moving things forward, working as hard as I possibly can, just to have a week or two off and during that week or two I’m so consumed with sucking everything out of every moment, it creates stress sometimes.
How many of us really live, every day? How many of us are truly happy with who they are instead of with what they have or what they’ve done. Truly content to look in the mirror and see a good, confident, happy person.
Is that too idyllic? (Is that even the word I am looking for?) Am I naive for even thinking that I can do my job, be with my family, accomplish some of the things in life and be happy? Again, how many of us poke our heads up from our every day and really take a moment, a second, a breath to think what’s happening around them? Even if it’s just in their home, community, state, nation, planet?
I think that as a nation, not only have we become deadened to the things going on in the world around us, complacent with the backseat our nation seems to be taking lately, but lethargic and lazy. I think we’re outraged for a moment and then we go back to just getting by, surviving, by trying to keep our heads above water.
Okay, I’m rambling. It was a long day today, but I took some time and spent it with Fae and Gillian, Aidan was at a friends for most of the day. Lets see if I can come out of my torpor a bit tomorrow and even just go for a walk or do some kicks and punches. Physically shrug winter off once and for all and get my blood moving.