Winter is funny for me. I sit in the house too much, read too many Facebook posts, and don't get enough sunshine. I know lots of Wisconsinites know what I mean. Too much time alone means too much thinking and too much thinking leads to bad things for me but sometimes the bad is the push I need to find clarity so it ends up ok. Oh I am a bundle of contradictions ain't i?
What's really kind of hitting me lately is our need as humans to get everyone to agree with everything we think and when they don't we instantly get insulted and claim we are being disrespected. It is just being put in front of me over and over and over lately. It makes me aware so I am grateful but it frustrates me and makes me want to curl up in bed and go away from all social media at the same time. When I was shoveling the other day (something I actually enjoy) after a Facebook disagreement the quote popped in my head.....let's stop confusing opinions with disrespect. Because it's not important.
For example right now the movie American Sniper is wildly popular. I don't know the true life story of the man portrayed in the film and to be honest I'm not sure I will watch the movie. While I completely respect those who serve our country and protect our freedoms I just cannot take the emotional ride I'm guessing this movie will take me on. It's not my thing to watch war movies and if I'm just being honest I cry at commercials for coffee so I'm quite sure it would wreck me for days. But here's the thing with this movie some people feel it is not the story of a hero and they have expressed their opinions publicly. Thousands maybe even millions have expressed their positive opinions but 2 people expressed something different and that is all anyone can focus on. They are being called traitors and there is even some saying that they are not worthy of living here. Really? Really? Here's the thing....they don't matter. Their opinions have no effect whatsoever on anyone's lives. We give them so much power it's so so silly. We put all this energy into hating what two people expressed that we forget to love. We forget to speak kindly. We forget what it means to be human.
I have a friend who may be on her last stretch of life right now. Her life has inspired so many. Her strength through sickness, her grace in the face of adversity and her smile ... that even though I only saw one fun night in Connecticut at Art Is You ... is forever a part of my memory. That is what we need to start focusing on. Because life is too short to care what anyone thinks of you or what an actor thinks of a movie. Stop feeding the crap and start doing more of what we love.
So while the world gets hung up on meaningless stuff lets just spread some love. The drawing above is one I did for my friends at Art Is You. Allison passed away from cancer a short time ago and to continue her legacy of doing what you love the AIY family has devoted 2015 to honoring her spirit. So when you post something that made you giddy with happiness or something you did out of the kindness in your heart for others tag #AAoK in Allisons honor.
I'm always grateful for lessons in my life. So when I get the blahs and feel the need to ramble on about stuff like this I hope that everyone understands it comes out of only good intentions. My thoughts are never meant to hurt anyone. If you don't like them that's cool but instead of focusing on them do something you love. That's all.