A few truths

By the time you are reading this, the election will be over and we will all knew who won. I DO have a preference – I’m not gonna lie. But whoever wins, I will be so glad that this election season is finally done. Here is a list of some (not all) observations that I have made:

1 – I am really tired of the belief some people seem to have that if they repeat something enough times, it will make it true. It won’t – so stop it.

2 – You have the right to deny that you said something, but if it has been recorded, don’t be surprised that we don’t believe you.

3 – Science is real – we have only one earth to live on. It is important to take care of it.

4 – People talking over other people will rarely make anyone change their mind about anything. In fact, when we talk over each other, it becomes increasingly difficult to be understood. It is not true that the loudest person wins – at least I really hope it is not.

5 – It is NOT OKAY to be a misogynist in any form or situation, even if you are rich. Having a lot of money doesn’t make you anything but rich – it does not grant you special powers (other than purchasing power) or privileges.

6  – Women are people. As Hillary has said – women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.

7 –  You are welcome to your religion – but do not try to force it on anyone else. I believe what I believe. Go ahead and believe what you believe.

8 – A woman’s body is HER body and HER business. She has a right to say when she will or will not share it, and she has a right to make the decisions about what happens to it.

9 – Life is not black and white – it is made up of many, many shades of gray. If you want to live your life as if it were black and white – go for it. But you do not have a right to make anyone else live that way.

So, as I write this, I am a little frightened on a couple levels. I have that underlying fear that I often get that people will not like what I have written. And I have come to grips with that – this is me and these are my feelings. My truths get clearer as I get older. My life does not depend on everyone liking me or my work. Read me or not – that is your choice; my choice is to write.

And my other fear has to do with what will happen when the election is over. But I still believe that we are all doing the best we can with the information we have at the moment. Things are going to be okay in the end – and if they’re not okay, it’s not the end.

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