Family and Friends Where Have You Gone?

Can you guess by the title what this could be about? If you think it is about the effect of the emotional climate of this country and social media for the last couple of years and mostly the last one, you would be right.

I always thought and said I would not write about politics here and I am still not really. I think writing about politics has been done over and over and much better by others. What I can and want to write about is how the difference of opinions and how sharing and sure, over-sharing has done to me and my life.

For example, Facebook used to be a kind of fun place where you shared about family and with family and friends about what was going on in your life and where you might share things that you found funny, touching or important.  Things changed a lot with the politics and the huge divisions of the last presidential election and the months since. I know I am very passionate about my beliefs and I was sharing a lot. I am pretty sure some family and friends already had unfollowed me but that sharing increased that number much more. I know it shouldn’t matter, but it does.  If anyone knows anything about me, you probably know how I have always worn my heart on my sleeve and take pretty much everything people say or do to heart. Hey, I can’t even watch commercials without crying!

I have watched family and friends always commenting and posting on everyone else’s posts. I won’t lie, it can hurt.  I have had a few that stayed around along with a few friends. I appreciate that, am grateful for it. I actually had some friends unfriend me, too.  I guess I don’t understand why something like politics can make that all happen when there is so much to a person than there political beliefs.  Does it say more about them than me? Maybe, still, the sting is there. I was really taken aback when someone told me they unfollowed me and we even have the same political beliefs. Ouch.

I stopped sharing all the political stuff a long time ago. It is only once in awhile now that I do. I figure we are all bombarded so much and does it really do any good? Maybe. Maybe not. Sure there is still stuff I might believe in so much I share. But guess what. You can disagree and still be my friend and family. I don’t have to agree with you or you with me to still like you, love you or have you in my life.

 

4 comments

  1. I have found I have stepped away a lot from social media. I enjoy my days when I am off working or doing other things and I find I shut the computer earlier at night. So much easier on the mind and heart these days! I think I need a place to travel to again! and thanks…I do love taking pictures and sharing them!

  2. Hi Joy!
    I don’t usually comment on political comments as I’m a Canadian. I certainly could comment on that “Buffoon” in the White House but I too don’t want to get into a political war with anyone! I have been finding that I don’t go to Facebook as often anymore as there are way to many ads and news stories. If you click on them it’s like they give birth to two or more ads! Also too many recipes. I have a Pinterest account I find I don’t use it that much either. By the time you get to my age you usually have all your favourite recipes and the wonderful recipes from your Mum & Mother-in-law as well. I’m sure you will agree that Facebook has changed and in my opinion not for the good. JMHO. I find myself going to Instagram more. While I like the pictures I miss the conversations we used to have on Facebook!
    Oh and I always like your pictures when I see them! They are always nice.
    Darla

    • Hi! Yes, it has changed so much! I also find myself going to instagram a lot more! And thanks about the pictures…you know, I found I wasn’t taking a lot of those this year, either! I am trying to change that!

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