Like most Americans (and, I’m sure others across the globe) I’ve spent the first week of 2021 crying my eyes out in disbelief, in anger, in frustration, and, in fear.
I want to say that this is not my America… but I’m no longer certain that statement is true.
I’ve done little more than doom-scroll through Twitter, watched endless, pain-filled hours of breaking news (and then the rewatching of the same). Not much else happened beyond reacting to the horror unfolding before my (and the nation’s, the world’s) eyes.
I cannot stay in this state of mind any longer. It’s time to get back to work, back to doing what I enjoy… and that involves escaping into other worlds. Once enjoyable, right now necessary for my sanity as a way to pass the time, and stop thinking of what is happening to my nation, my home right now. I am sad beyond belief — but if I continue in this mindset then evil wins, and that cannot be allowed to happen.
I hope you are finding your own unique, individual way to cope with the events of January 6, 2021, and beyond. As an American I know “we” are better than this, “we” will get beyond what was done – yet, as in all things horrible, we must not forget what was tried, what was done. Otherwise, we learned nothing.
Take care of yourself today. Then get back out there and live your life.