Watching the news leaves me irritated and feeling unsettled so mostly I don't watch it. I catch snippets of headlines as I'm helping people in the evenings and Mr. Bobb and Mrs. Hatley always tell me something of interest when they come in and I read things as they float by in my Facebook newsfeed. It's not that I don't care about current events; it's that I care more about my mental health and lately, it's been precarious at best.
Gossip doesn't entertain me. I wish tabloids didn't exist and there was no need for paparazzi. I wish that people would stop killing other people and that cops wouldn't shoot people of color on sight and then ask questions later (or more accurately, cover it up later.) I wish that people didn't feel it necessary to malign all police officers and I wish the phrase "all lives matter" hadn't entered into anyone's lexicon because let's face it: It's true that if you are a person of color you stand a significantly greater chance of losing your life over something as dumb as failing to signal a lane change or stealing a $1 candy bar than if you look like I do. There's a sign on a business nearby that says #alllivesmatter and frankly, every time I see it, it irritates me. There was a serious missing of the point when they put that sign up. I told them so too because sometimes I have to open my mouth or else my head will pop off and I was told that I was the one missing the point. At which point, I realized that stupid is as stupid does and I decided this was a battle that I would not ever win but it didn't stop me from trying.
Sometimes, that's all you can do.
This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.