I’m almost afraid to get on social media these days with all the constant posts and articles about the election. For months, we’ve been tormented with intense media coverage, slander, lies and debates that have begun to scramble my brain like eggs on a Sunday morning.
I’m equally afraid to post anything even remotely related to politics as well. All of us are entitled to our opinions on social topics and issues, but it feels like we spend more time arguing about who is right rather than trying to be decent human beings to one another.
We can’t let the petty, nonsensical, he said she said of this United States election trickle down and allow us to behave like animals. We are all one people living together in one country, so we should at least be able to argue or disagree with some sense of togetherness.
Here is what we absolutely cannot let this election do:
Define who we are
We are all raise with morals and develop, through the years, a sense of right and wrong. This allows us to gauge how we feel on different social issues and voice our opinion on solutions.
We shouldn’t skew these morals or beliefs to fit into some party or to fit the ideas of some candidate. Maintain who we are. Voice what it is we want to see in the world and share our ideas for change, rather than debate how one person is better than another.
This has got to be one of the most ridiculous occurrences during the election. Go on Facebook for 5 minutes and you’ll find two “friends” arguing about which candidate is the right choice and, very clearly, ruining whatever relationship existed.
If we discussed every issue with our closest friends, of course we would find ones we disagree on. But because of the election, the pressure is heightened and our friends are now labeled “a supporter of that candidate”.
Support your friends and respect their opinions. We shouldn’t ruin a relationship that took years to build over some person we’ll likely never even meet.
Make Us Depressed
Whether it feels like it or not, the United States has faced many adversities throughout its existence. I hope I don’t have to rattle off a list of wars, conspiracies, tragedies, or possible catastrophes that we’ve survived to remind us that this shouldn’t mean the end of the world.
Regardless of whose elected, the truth is that life for many people won’t see much of a change at all. We’re still going to have to go to work the next day and live our lives as normal. Let’s not let all this chatter scare us and make us feel like the country is doomed. Life is going to go on.
Ruin Our Focus
With any big life event, we can often lose focus of everything we were doing before that event occurred. For example, we often find it difficult to get back into the swing of things following a loss of a loved one.
This election shouldn’t be one of those big events.
Keep the focus on what it is we want out of life and the goals were striving to achieve. Keep the focus on living a long, happy and fulfilling life. One that you’ll be proud to have lived.
Even if the goal is to help the world, we must firsts always help ourselves.
It doesn’t matter which side we’re on or who we’re voting for. The main question we need to ask ourselves is what are we going to do to make our mark on the world.
How are we going to help?