I understand that it was Blue Monday yesterday. Apparently it is the day where reality hits hard: The bills from Christmas start to arrive (none here), one realizes that the New Year’s resolutions set on Dec. 31st have not become a primary focus yet (not an issue here as I don’t make resolutions like that anymore), the winter weather lacks sunshine and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors (also not an issue for me), in general life appears to become overwhelming and it is only a little over two weeks into a new year. I can honestly say, that none of these apply to me (at least not this year!) as I have returned to eating clean, spending time in the studio engaging in some low level creative endeavors and am keeping moderately active.
What concerns me, and many of my friends around the world, is a major event taking place in just a few days, the President Elect will be sworn in. Many of us are wondering what might be ahead, and the speculation is lively with the ongoing banter between two major world players. The feeling of uncertainty and unpredictability has the world in an icy grip and a virtual state of holding its breath.
The concerns were already grave when I spent time in Germany shortly after the US election last November. These days I know that everyone’s guard is up in part due to poorly informed, personal opinions voiced by Mr. Trump further reinforced by recent interviews conducted by reputable German newspapers. These reports have heightened everyone’s concerns. I don’t usually engage in voicing my political views, however these are not times we can stick our heads into the sand and play ostrich. It is up to all of us to be not only careful observers but also vigilant and outspoken about the many non-truths spread via Twitter and other social media. It is vital to maintain a clear head to evaluate statements and watch for injustice.
I tip my hat to the countless women who have banded together to participate in the protest walk on Washington on January 21st. I know that several such walks are being organized in cities outside the USA. Show your support by joining in, whether you own and wear a pink hat or not! I will supporting this event in spirit in hopes for change.
At this time I realize that some readers/followers of this blog are staunch Trumpkins and the result will be a decline in official followers. So be it! I am tired of listening and watching a man who uses vocabulary incorrectly. Syrian Refugees in Germany are NOT “Illegals”.
I am practicing freedom of speech today, a passionate fire ignited by following the developments world-wide. While I anticipate that we are in for some turbulent times I hope in my heart that I am wrong. I am Canadian and so very proud of my citizenship, especially these days! I also feel it is important to support my international friends by speaking out!
Today I started out with the intent to write about some new personal creative endeavors in the studio… Instead I engaged in a stream of consciousness essay. It took on a life of its own and reflects my personal views and impressions – we are still all entitled to that. Thanks for sticking through my rant. I consider writing one of my creative outlets… this piece spilled over from my journal.