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Dear No One,

It’s 2 am. My 10 week baby is sleeping, and I am wide awake. Normally when I can’t sleep, I scroll through Facebook or Instagram until I’m tired again. I did that. Now I’m just even more awake and angry.

I know I’m not the only one. I’m not the only one who gets on social media to find a wave of political CRAP! Yes. Crap. Hatred. Anger. Arguments.

While I believe everyone has the right to say whatever they want, and while I will not get into my political views, I’m very proud of the people that are standing up for what they believe. To a certain extent.

Let’s be honest, though, folks. Most of us believe what we believe. We are already on one side or the other. There is no post or video or angry rant that is going to make me think, “huh…NOW I get it! My morals and beliefs were completely wrong, and now I think I am going to side with you.”

Nope. Not going to happen. I have always hated politics. I have always hated how it divides people. Normally I tell myself to just make it through the election. Then everyone can get on with their lives. Well our new President is making that extremely hard to do. I get that. Whether you are defending the changes he is making or fighting against it, I get that it is hard to stay silent.

But…is your post on Facebook going to really change someone’s opinions? Are those arguments between a conservative and liberal going to make either one of them even more understanding of the other’s views? Does anyone CARE what your views are?

Facebook is not where you will make change. Unless you are posting to inform others the steps they can take to make a change or support something, is your post going to make a difference? And do you really think most people haven’t already blocked your posts from showing up on their newsfeed?

I use Facebook to keep up with family, friends, even people I barely know that just want to see pictures of my son. I use it to see what my friends are doing. Keep in touch with former teachers. Post a thousand pictures of my baby. (I can’t stop. Don’t try to make me.) That is how my family and friends get to see me and my baby and my life. Exactly what Facebook is meant for…in my opinion.

I know my silly post will not change anything. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. Everyone has the right to share it. But right now, I’m crying writing this post because I am more afraid that we, as a nation, are dividing ourselves. A divide created by hate.

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I am not asking you to stop standing up for your beliefs. Please do that. Call legislators. Protest (peacefully). Inform other people how to stand up for what you believe is right.

But, I am asking, as your quiet, oversharing picture mother, to stop and think before you post something. Will it make a difference? Will it really give you a voice? If you ask yourself that question and the answer is “no,” consider posting a picture of your puppy instead. Child? Family gathering? Friends doing stupid things? I love seeing what is actually going on in your life. You are sure to get a “like” from me (maybe even a “love” or “haha”).

As for the hate, let’s leave it behind. Maybe we all need to take a Facebook timeout, go into the real world, and spread love. Do something nice for someone else. I bet they don’t ask your political views afterwards.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

I try to live by this quote. My wish: to see more love and spread more love. Whether it is in a drive-thru, a checkout line, or in my own home, I try every. single. day. to make someone else’s day a little bit better.

Keep standing up for your beliefs. But I, personally, do not care what your political party is as long as your heart is full of love and your posts are not driven by hate. I’m ready to come together and show each other a little love. Are you?

All my love,

Betsy

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