Monday, June 13, 2016

Just sad.. & cutting ties with Facebook.

Just writing to write today. There's probably going to be a lot of grammatical and spelling errors and run on sentences and things that don't make sense. But this is therapy for me, so I'm just rolling with it.
Most of you who read this blog already know that I call Orlando home, but some don't. Orlando has been home for the past 15 years. Fifteen years spent living in the 'happiest place on earth', the theme park capital of the world. And Sunday morning, one man turned the city into a dark place. I did not know any of the victims personally, but I have friends that did and my heart is breaking with and for them. While I don't usually frequent the club scene in Orlando, I do know the last time my friends and I were down there, we didn't think twice about which clubs we were walking in to. We would have walked into Pulse nightclub, knowing it was Latin night at a gay bar and thought it would have been the happiest place to be.

It's just all so sad. I'm sad for the victims, the families, the city.... just sad.

Which brings me to my next topic... Facebook.

I made the decision this morning to deactivate my Facebook account. I removed it from my phone, turned off the notifications and then went online and deactivated it. I did it for a couple reasons, the main one being that it just isn't a happy place anymore.  

It used to be fun. It used to be a place to share funny stories, show cute pictures and announce exciting news. Sure, some people still use it for that, but it is riddled with hate, fighting and politics. Yesterday, I watched friends fight over gun laws and race and sexuality before the dust had even remotely settled from the worst attack on US soil since 9/11. I appreciate that people have strong opinions on such heavy topics, but those opinions mean nothing if you aren't working towards change. And change doesn't happen on a silly website designed to share photos of your lunch and cute babies. Do you want to know the worst time to discuss changes to gun laws? Forty-five minutes after the worst shooting in recent history. Yesterday (and today and the next few weeks for that matter) was a day for mourning the loss of 49 lives, not a day to argue about trying to fix a problem. That should have been happening a long, long time ago.

So it was somewhere between fat fingering an accidental 'like' on a political post that I couldn't have agreed with less (and then immediately un-liking and yelling 'shit, shit shit') and seeing a friend of a friend of a friend say 'it's a shame all those people that got shot won't be going to heaven', I decided Facebook just isn't for me anymore.

Most of my blog views come from my Facebook links, so I know that my readership will go down. And that's ok. If you do want to stay connected here you can sign up for Bloglovin' to be automatically notified when I put up a new post and to continue to see the pictures I post (let's face it 9 times out of 10 they are of Abigail), I am still on Instagram (jenniferhuff13) and Snapchat (jlhuff13).

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