Today's blog challenge was for me to write a letter to anyone, and I chose Americans because this has been heavy on my heart for the past several weeks. I originally posted this on my personal Facebook page.
With politics heating up in the race to the White House, the negative ads are in high volume as is the mud-slinging which brings me to the point of this letter. I simply don't understand why all of the name-calling is necessary. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, there is such a thing as common decency. We're never all going to agree on what changes this country needs, but making fun of the candidates, calling them names, and/or wishing ill will toward any of them is beneath all of us as human beings.
I have plenty of friends whose politics I don't agree with, but we manage to still be friends because we respect each other. Our views are just that. Our views. Just because your views differ from someone else's doesn't make that person stupid or incompetent.
We are ALL entitled to our opinion, regardless of whether or not you agree with it. And my opinion differing from yours doesn't make mine any less valid. I wish we could all just accept that so that we don't spend the next several months in a contest to see who can be the nastiest about the candidates. Disagree with their policies, their opinions, but attacking them on a personal level accomplishes nothing.
We are not schoolyard bullies, and we can use language to describe our views without tearing someone down in the process. These candidates have families and loved ones just as we do. Whatever they believe, they are human beings.
So today's challenge is to write something about a photo I took myself. I take so many photos! It was interesting looking through my galleries to find one that jumped out at me and said "write about me". Ultimately, I chose this one, which is the Royal Palace in Madrid.
I had the amazing opportunity to go to Spain in 2012, and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The Royal Place really is as opulent on the inside as it was on the outside, but we weren't allowed to take pictures inside.
As I walked through the hallways with my friend, I imagined the kings and queens who'd lived there before. There was so much to see that it was difficult to tear myself away from each room. From the gowns to the china and busts, it was the ultimate look at Spain's history. And I can't wait to pay it another visit!
Today's post is a little more difficult because I already have a long list of facts about me posted right here! How much more can I tell you? I guess that's why it's called a challenge so I'm going to try not to duplicate. If I do, it's an honest mistake!
Though the challenge is something I miss, I'm changing that to a someone instead.
Her name is Theresa, and we were the best of friends in college. She was a year ahead of me, and when she graduated, she took a staff position there. As I finished college, we drifted away. I don't even remember saying goodbye to her. I do remember looking for her several times after college. That was long before the Internet so the search was even more difficult.
Lately, I've started looking for her again to no avail. I regret not keeping in touch with her. She kept me sane my junior year of college, but what I remember most about her is her laugh. She loved life so much that it was impossible to be down around her. I wish I could find her.
So I'll end today's blog with this: if someone is close to your heart, keep them there. Your life won't be the same without them.
What is your response when you get asked this question? If you haven't been asked the question, think about it for a moment. My answer is always the same. Tomorrow.
I'm always excited about tomorrow because it's a fresh day where no mistakes have yet been made, and you can correct the ones you made yesterday. While I am excited about today as well, tomorrow just gives me the promise of more.
I wake up with a clean slate, with a list of things I want to get accomplished, and gratitude that I've risen to see another day. Life is precious, and I never want to take that for granted!
I could cheat and just name my friends, but since I'm aware that would be cheating, I'll do this right. I am abundantly blessed so these five things are only the tip of the iceberg for me!
Today's writing challenge is a fun one for me! I think "what if" all the time, but the main one I think about is what if I was born in a different time period. I've only written a couple of historical novels, but it really helped to imagine myself in that time.
I wonder if I'd been born in the 1800s if I'd have been in a family like Laura Ingalls Wilder, having no wealth but a lot of love. Or would I have been born into a wealthy family? And if I'd been born in a poor family, how differently would I have turned out back in the 19th century?
I think about how differently my life would be if I had been a teenager in the 1950s. My friend had a 1950 themed party for her husband's 60th birthday as he was born in 1950. I got to wear a poodle skirt and black and white shoes with a headband. We had a jukebox and danced to all the oldies, and it was a blast, but I know times weren't all rock and roll back then. Every era has its ups and downs, but I sure do wish I could take a spin in that time-traveling ship used in Legends of Tomorrow. I could spend the rest of my lifetime exploring the past!
My thoughts, experiences, challenges, and goals. Right here. At least once a week or so. Oh, and opinions, too. Those will definitely come in. Join me!