Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
You know what? I'm not in the mood for ranting today. I haven't been in the mood for ranting in a while, actually. Back in law school, I was always ranting. You seriously didn't want to be my facebook friend at the time, because I always had something to say about a case I just read or something I saw in the news. I thought that whoever wasn't ranting wasn't paying attention. I still think that. And I know now that I'm not ranting now because I'm really not paying attention. And this bums me out. I don't want to be complacent or apathetic- especially with all that is happening in my home country these days. But it's hard to keep up with it all from so far away. I'm "just" a stay-at-home-mom now. I don't have legislation to keep up with or colleagues to argue with between classes. And that's my fault, really. Just because it's not as convenient or unavoidable to keep up with current events doesn't mean I shouldn't. I definitely have a lot more time on my hands now.
I used to think that life would be less stressful if I stopped paying attention to what the government was up to- if I lived my life convincing myself I wouldn't be able to change anything anyway. But it's really not. At least in my "ranting" days, I felt like I was doing something. On several occasions I actually had people tell me I changed their mind about something. This was phenomenal to me. On other occasions I worked with groups that were actually successful at changing legislation (and some that are still in the process of doing so). These groups were filled with people ranting. People who rant do make a difference. People who rant are the ones that change the world.
Wow, I started this post thinking I had absolutely nothing to say. It ended up inspiring me to get back to ranting. Don't worry, I'll refrain from doing so on my blog (like, for the most part, I've always done). But I need to get back to spending more time learning about things like why Big Bro was spying on news orgs and what they really knew about Benghazi. Because if the people don't hold them accountable, nobody will... and I certainly don't know enough about it to rant... yet.
One thing I definately won't rant about? The new A Beautiful Mess app. I never could get into the blog, but I'm all over the app bandwagon. Yes, I'm mostly just using this as an excuse to include pictures in an otherwise-pictuerless post. ;) Here are a few I've made so far: