It’s been literal months since I’ve blogged last. A lot has happened, a lot worth posting about.
I took some time off, I went to England for a month, went to Paris for the day (walked way too much that day), came home, started a new assignment in Salem, had a hiccup or two that first day (I hate hospital orientation), and am now a month in. Each of those things alone could take up a whole post. Never mind the anecdotal things that occur to me when I’m at work.
Except I haven’t wanted to post. I also haven’t wanted to get on Facebook much either.
I’m not going to go in on safe spaces, but I will say that even prior to the issues with data selling, Facebook wasn’t the best place. Politically and socially, it got nasty. People I believed to be strong believers have posted things that have made me sad. It’s escalated to the point where I’d rather be on other mediums than Facebook. The solution would be to delete it all together, but as a traveler I depend on the resource. Plus not everyone is on Instagram or twitter.
Restricting my visits to once or twice a week means I can see who just had a baby and say happen birthday occasionally. The downside being I don’t have as much to say on my blog as I hoped I would. Words fail where they hadn’t in the past.
I’ve been struggling with my view of certain institutions that were once very important to me. The church is one of those. The last year and a half has almost cemented my aversion to the point that the last time I was home I couldn’t bring myself to attend.
Like Facebook, I’ve had to ask myself, “who are these people I thought I knew?” The people who I thought would protect me when I said things weren’t okay have stopped being that safe place to land. I don’t want to make it all political, but when you’ve gone that way, I have to make sure I’m doing what I can to stay sane. Maybe some of that is on me, and that’s fine, but one has to wonder when people who trusted you don’t any longer things may be a problem.
It’s not all bad, but the bad is pretty stinking bad. My hope is it’ll get better if I hang in.
Anyway, I’m off. Hopefully ideas and thoughts burble up and I can continue to use this blog to babble about traveling. Watch this space!
Travel on, road warrior.