It is an absolutely beautiful morning and my plan was to head to the beach. The beach is my Zen spot, my oasis. I got up this morning, weather is perfect and I thought “meh”. WTF?
So I made a cup of coffee, a PBJ on Ezekiel bread and am sitting on my patio. I have told myself that I don’t have to go immediately and that helped. I am thinking I should walk as part of my beach time, so I am not a walrus on the sand the whole outing. Meh.
I have recently discovered that avoiding the stress of current events is nice. I am a print news junkie with subscriptions to 3 daily papers, 2 magazines, 1 biz journal. I read them all almost every day. Perhaps I need to slow down. I need a bit more escapism.
News this week has been both uplifting and cruelly distressing. Men in space – amazing. The upheaval around George Floyd, heart-rending. The actions of Amy Cooper disgusting. The politicians – disappointing. I won’t get started on that because everyone is so polarized I won’t change anyone’s mind, so why waste the writing space? Perhaps I will write more about that, but not now.
One thing I don’t understand is how wearing a mask has suddenly become a political act. WTF? Have people lost their common sense? Can they no longer put the greater good above their own self-centerness? During WWII, people bought war bonds, planted victory gardens, obeyed blackout orders, had rationing. We pulled together as a nation. Can you imagine if the government issued ration stamps on TP? What happened to our patriotic cooperation?
It you claim to be a patriot today, many will think you are some far Right extremist. Since when did they get exclusive rights to that term? When did being brown or black relegate you to second-class citizenship? Why am I, a privileged, educated white woman, now a Karen? Or even an OK Boomer (even though I am on the cusp and identify as a Gen X).
There are so many rotten things under the thin crust of our outwardly successful appearing country. 2020 has exposed so much of these rotten underpinnings. Our healthcare system is collapsing, the record unemployment increase has been breathtakingly swift, the fragility of our essential workers has been exposed, the economies of small businesses collapsed as politicians failed to protect them adequately. We are a hot mess.
And here I sit today debating if I go to the beach. Perhaps I should because obviously I need to clear my head. I think a day of salt, sand, water, heat will soothe my soul. Off I go….