Freaking Myself Out

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NASA Sees Hurricane Sandy as the “Bride of Frankenstorm” Threaten U.S. East Coast (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

 

That’s it. I think I might have to take a break from all forms of social media for a while.

 

Why?

 

Because I can’t handle the stress or the terror that it creates in me.  Here are a few things that are frankly freaking me out:

 

  • First we have the daily inundation of political e-mails and Facebook posts that indicate the possible destruction of everything that I believe in. I am truly terrified of what will happen if Romney is elected. I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t get political anymore on the blog, but its the reality. I’m SCARED.

 

Please people, get out and vote.

 

  • Next we have the news about the Frankenstorm heading my way. Trust me, I believe in being prepared and we are doing our best to prepare. However, everyone else’s panic about every possible result is making me want to hide under the covers and cry. I am too terrified to follow the path of the storm. Add to that Mark’s brilliant, hilarious,  yet terrifying, post about the implications of the storm with election over at The Idiot Speaketh and I don’t  think I can read blog posts anymore. Is there anyplace I can hide?
  • Of course, then there are the fun forms of fear that I can’t help but watch at this time of year. I love reading stories with a creepy twist, like this one by Andra Watkins or She’s a Maineiac’s reflection on psychic experiences. Now, normally I love the chills and thrills and ghostly imaginings, but things that go bump in the night are too close to our current reality. I feel like we are living in a horror story of epic proportions, so perhaps this year I have to forgo the spooky moments and stay away from them all together.
  • Finally, I just can’t take the inordinate amount of stupid things being posted lately. I’m not talking stupid silly. Those make me smile, but the evidence about the pure stupidity of human beings. Hatred, prejudice, denying global warming, greed, stupidity about education, a girl shot for speaking for the rights of girls to be educated etc. etc. etc. I cringe whenever I look at a social media site. It makes my heart hurt for the world and makes me want to lock myself away in a fallout shelter somewhere only to re-emerge in a world that has come to its senses.

 

So what do I do? Do I continue to face the freakiness or do I hide away, sucking my thumb, hugging my teddy bear and writing about a world where things work out for the best?

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stuart Nager
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 14:48:26

    it’ll all be ok. we have to believe that

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  2. Andra Watkins
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:10:04

    Thanks for the mention.

    I’m in the same boat as you, Lisa. I even installed an app on Facebook to block political commentary – both sides of it – until after the election. It makes me really sad to see the true natures of some people, and I can’t believe the things people have been willing to type and hit ‘post’ this election season.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:12:52

      Where do I find that app?

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      • Andra Watkins
        Oct 28, 2012 @ 17:06:31

        unbaby.me

        It was made to block the constant chatter of parents who overshare about their children, but I changed the key words to political terms. Every time someone posts one of my key words, a picture comes up instead with the words ‘baby removed’ next to their face. It is pretty funny.

        Here’s my key word list, in case you don’t want to start from scratch. I was sick of all of it, so it blocks pretty much everything.

        Obama, obama, obamacare, Obamacare, obama care, Obama care, democrat, Democrat, democrats, Democrats, republican, Republican, Barack Obama, barack obama, Mitt Romney, mitt romney, Paul Ryan, paul ryan, Romney Ryan, romney ryan, political, politics, political campaign, campaign, president, President, presidential campaign, run for president, run for President, presidential race, Presidential race, nikki haley, Nikki Haley, governor haley, Governor Haley, 2016: Obama’s America, election, elections, Election, Elections, idiot, asshole, ass hole, ignorant, hate monger, hate, stupid, dumb, Republicans, republicans, Joe Biden, joe biden, Biden, biden, Obama Biden, obama biden, birth certificate, legitimate rape, Akin, akin, Todd Akin, todd akin, socialist, socialism, RNC, rnc, DNC, dnc, Republican National Convention, republican national convention, republican convention, Republican Convention, Republican convention, Democratic National Convention, democratic national convention, Democratic Convention, Democratic convention, Democrat convention, Obama’s, obama’s, Romney’s, romney’s, Democrat’s, democrat’s, Republican’s, republican’s, abortion

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  3. joannevalentinesimson
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:44:17

    Hang in there Lisa. It’ll all be better in a couple of weeks. Or decidedly worse, in which case, go ahead and hide in a closet.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:51:45

      If it is decidedly worse, I believe that hiding in the closet will do no good. Drastic measures of some sort will have to be taken. Fight or flight is then the relevant question.

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  4. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:45:11

    You got room in that closet for a visitor? I’ll hide out with ya until the meteorological and political storms have passed :) Do I have to bring my own canned goods and water? :)

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  5. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 16:15:55

    It just so happens that I have a month’s supply of Skittles that I canned…… just in case………… :)

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  6. termitespeaker
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 16:16:00

    I can’t do anything about the storm, except to advise everybody to move to the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains where I live. We don’t have to worry about ocean storms, and being in the lee of the mountains, we hardly ever get tornados or monster snow storms (because the climate is so dry). But not everybody can do that. And I do wish you good luck with this storm!
    As for politics, I sympathize and know exactly how you feel. I just cast my vote for Obama, btw. But I’ve outlived eleven Presidents (if I’m counting correctly) of both political persuasions, and believe it or not, the world never has ended yet! That’s why we don’t elect Presidents-for-Life – at least the American system works (or has up to this point) and we get change at least every eight years whether we want it or not! So keep calm! Political storms come and go and life goes on!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 28, 2012 @ 16:22:22

      I miss Durango, CO where I only had to worry about the fact that our snowblowers kept breaking which meant a lot of shoveling. Sigh.

      Wise words about politics. I just worry about the damage that can be done in a short time by extreme fanatics of any persuasion. Double sigh.

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      • termitespeaker
        Oct 28, 2012 @ 16:44:27

        Let’s just keep hoping that our system of checks and balances continues to work. I do wish people in general had more good sense, though. And re all the bombardment by vitriolic and mean-spirited political ads and robocalls and internet material – I’ve never known the situation to be this bad! Can’t wait for it to end! Of course, in my earliest days all we had was newspapers and posters and radio and then black & white TV.

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  7. lisaspiral
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 16:27:54

    Be brave and hope for the best. I too have days where I just can’t take all the gloom and doom and potential for disaster that’s out there. I think we all need more photos of baby animals and less yelling at each other.

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  8. Sandra Tyler (@SFiberworks)
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 17:00:19

    I’m with you both on Obama and freaking out about this storm. NOt sure where you are but we’re on Long Island. We will be without power most likely for 7-10 days. But before I lose touch with cyber, I wanted to invite you to join my FB writing workshop Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sandraswritingworkshop/
    You sound really interesting! I went to Amherst, down the road from Smith, then went on for my MFA in writing from Columbia University. I am the author of two novels and professor of writing for years — until I married (late!) and I too have an eight year old (boy) and a 7 year old boy. My eight year old is very into theater! ANyway, be great to keep in touch.
    my blog is: http://www.awriterweavesatale.com

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  9. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 21:45:36

    Hang in there, Lisa. I’m fortunate to live in a state that doesn’t seem too terribly inundated with political ads on TV, but then I don’t watch much either. And stay safe during the storm. I assume you all are expecting snow. Love the image of teddy bear covering his eyes.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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