Dream On

7 Nov

So, this is a political post.  This is a political post that does not take a political position or align itself with any party.  This is a post that contains what I believe to be logical and reasonable thoughts.  You may see this as the ideological ramblings of an unrealistic lunatic.  We will agree to disagree.

At the risk of sounding like a toddler hippie Rodney King “Waaaaaaa can’t we all just get along, man?”  Here I go.

This election season, I have witnessed more negativity than I can recall in my 31 years.  I think part of that has to do with the prevalence of social media compared to the past elections, but I also think that many of us have just become nastier people.  You are either a dirty hippie handing out free stuff to bums, or you are a backwoods idiot who is scared of gay people.  I mean come on!

We are each supposed to have the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  This is going to mean different things to different people.  What makes me happy is not necessarily going to make you happy.  That does not make you wrong or me wrong for that matter.

I like to look at things in a different way to evaluate if they make sense in another context.  So, I am going to take the Democrat vs. Republican feud (be honest that is what it is) in the context of weight loss and fitness.

There is a fitness contest going on in an office.  Sally is championing for diet A with exercise plan Z.  I am pushing for diet B with exercise plan Y.  I don’t think that Sally’s diet and exercise plan are healthy or sustainable.   She feels the same about mine.  Ultimately her plan wins in the vote.  So, does it make sense for me to sit in the corner and just throw up my hands and yell that everyone is going to fail because I do not like or agree with Sally’s plan?  How does her failure lead to a victory for me…because I was proven right?  Wouldn’t it be more important to embrace the challenge and try to make it work for the greater health of the office?  I could possibly suggest some tweaks as we go and try to reach some compromises at times, or I could try to do everything I can to prove my point and ensure her failure.  Who wins if I do that?

Do you see how ludicrous  this sounds in an everyday situation?  Sometimes you get what you want and sometimes I get what I want, and in the end we work together.  Isn’t this a lesson that we teach young children?  I think we as adults tend to forget this basic life lesson, along with how to disagree but still remain respectful.

The point is that regardless of who won last night, we have to move forward together and try to figure out how to function for the greater good, not our own personal egos.  I know that is laughable considering the reputation of politicians, but we, as voting citizens, have the ability to grow and shape our country.

I admit that I am an every four year voter.  I would like to challenge myself as well as all of you to be committed to knowing the issues and voting even when the presidency is not at stake.  Those local and state positions shape our country and our future as well.  I also challenge us to not get boxed into party designations and really vote based on what will be for the betterment of our country, state, and cities.

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Thanks for letting me rant and basically have verbal diarrhea.  I needed this purge after all the political drama of late.

Feel free to comment your agreement or disagreement for my comments, but please don’t get into a red vs. blue debate on my page.  I think we all are ready for a break from that business.

The only acceptable Blue vs. Red debate on the FCTFC page!

(Insert Best Ron Burgandy voice)

Stay Strong and Keep Moving…America,

8 Responses to “Dream On”

  1. Laura @ Chaotic Domestic November 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Great post. There has been a lot of obnoxiousness throughout this election. I think you hit the nail on the head. People need to get informed and they need to be respectful.

    • fatchicktofitchick November 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      Thanks Laura! I tend to keep political opinions to myself, but this was a bi-partisan post that I feel strongly about!

  2. trixfred30 November 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    We Brits like watching the American elections because its nothing like over here. Over here we are all (mostly) well behaved but in the States its like an (English) football game – all out war, viscious and no prisoners taken. Everyone seems to go a bit mad.If politicians said the things they said in the States in the UK they would probably get knicked (jailed)!!

    • fatchicktofitchick November 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      HAHA! Further proof of why that we are a joke to many other countries. Thanks for sharing your Brit insight! I did not realize you were British. Just so you know I will enjoy reading all future comments from you in a British accent in my head. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Szescula Flanagan November 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    This is a very well thought out and very well written piece. And I think most of America would like to see everything you say happen. We forget that we are going to disagree when everyone’s version of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is different. We are going to disagree – we just need to disagree respectfully. My way it not your way nor is it his way or her way or their way. I think that’s what we all need to work on (myself included).

    I am relieved the election is over if only that the tension that was covering this country has disappeared. I don’t watch TV, listen to the radio or use social media THAT much (or leave my house and see other people for that matter) so I didn’t think it was that bad. I was surprised when I woke up this morning and noticed that the tension and anxiety that had followed me around was gone. Hopefully we can all learn from this and keep pursuing our individual and collective dreams.

    • fatchicktofitchick November 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Thanks for you comments Jennifer! I too am relieved that the election is over. I however, do not have a release of tension quite yet. I still think both sides have a lot to learn in way of compromise or our country is headed in a bad direction.

  4. Kara November 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    I am a new reader and I just have to say…very well said! I know the election is over but everyone’s negative attitudes really bothered me! And I love how you related it to fitness 🙂

    Also, fantastic job on your big weight loss – you are so inspiring! Keep on keepin on lady!

    • fatchicktofitchick November 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      Thanks so much Kara! I keep my mouth shut when it comes to politics, but this was my one and only vent about it. Glad I got it out of my system! Now if everyone would just chill out and work together! Thanks for reading, following, and for the encouragement. I appreciate it so much!

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