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I know I am not the only affected.  It's not unusual for the 2 weeks before and after the anniversary of Aries' death to be really hard for me.  This year there were a few other factors that made it even harder.  

But the state of the country has made it nigh impossible to bounce back.  The hostility that is often too subtle to be able to report at work has been more constant.  My anxiety over whether we will ever be able to come back from this brink keeps me up at night. 

I am not an activist.  I never have been.  I contribute in various behind the scenes ways because that is what I can do.  I rarely discuss my view on politics due to very deep personal issues. 

But the events of the past week have been soul shattering.  It is history repeating itself and as a historian, I know that it is bound to happen.  Humans are not always very good at remembering and learning lessons of history. 

That does not help the sleep stealing and near paralyzing anxiety.  My productivity this week has been almost  non-existent due to our nation's leader demonstrating racism, tolerance for white supremacist and ignorant expressions of whatever that was to Spain in its time of need.  

That does not help the bone chilling black hole of depression.  The feeling that I can no longer respect the Office of the President.  Which is something I thought I would never say. 

I am not an activist.  But I do have something to say.  You are not alone. 

If you are upset about current events, you are not alone.

If you have lost faith in leadership, democracy or our country, you are not alone.

If you are staring at the black hole of depression, you are not alone.

If you are feeling immobilized by anxiety, you are not alone.

Try to reach out for help.  Try to reach out to others who feel the same.   Try to be kind to yourself and those around you.   Try to do something that will help you feel better.   It does not have to be big.  But it can be if you wish it to be.

We are not alone.  We are a strong and powerful group.   We can make a difference both small and large.



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OK, most people who know me, know that I hate politics. I will more likely walk away from a political discussion than even listen to it, never mind participate. But this chick has really pissed me off.

Healey's fearmongering ads are insulting, disgusting and WAAAAAY out of line. What deranged thinking is leading her to believe that this is a good idea? How can she possibly defend these ads with a straight face? The fact that she can defend them at all is disgusting to me.

I'm dumbfounded...just dumbfounded.

If she wins this election, it will be a very sad day indeed.
taura_g: (tat)
OK, most people who know me, know that I hate politics. I will more likely walk away from a political discussion than even listen to it, never mind participate. But this chick has really pissed me off.

Healey's fearmongering ads are insulting, disgusting and WAAAAAY out of line. What deranged thinking is leading her to believe that this is a good idea? How can she possibly defend these ads with a straight face? The fact that she can defend them at all is disgusting to me.

I'm dumbfounded...just dumbfounded.

If she wins this election, it will be a very sad day indeed.

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