So March is Autoimmune Awareness month. I know I've spammed my Instagram with memes on the subject but even as I do the minimum and simply post a few memes, it's brought a little bit of awareness to what I've been doing lately. I've been down on myself for not feeling up to being the person I want to be. The person I think I should be, if that makes any sense at all. The fact is that it is difficult, at times, to have the energy for exercise, housework, etc. Throw in my ADD and it's no wonder I feel all over the place. I don't always want to go out. I love being at home whether it's enjoying my river and deck or sitting at my computer rendering whatever comes to mind or working on a crochet/craft/writing project. Living above the snowline, my year tends to be half in absolute pain due to the cold affecting my arthritis and half in less pain but still with little energy due to the other half of the year. It sucks.
But.... this is me. I'm going to do me so you do you.
That's it. That's the post. :) #AutoimmuneAwarenessMonth
The second one should be in a couple of weeks. Had a bit of a reaction but nothing too bad. I did debate on whether or not I should get it because of my autoimmune issues but I also read that individuals with autoimmune issues tend to end up hospitalized with covid so... I just did it.
The argument against it appears to be based on how fast the vaccines came to be. Well the fact is that sars and covid are not new. This strain is new and it’s existence and spread is definitely suspect but I’m fairly certain a vaccine has been in the works for this in some form. Then 2020 hit, part serious issue and part politicized but a serious issue nonetheless. Thanks to President Trump, who put together Operation Warp Speed, they finally had money and resources to complete these vaccines. So, no, I don’t buy into the theory that these were created from scratch in just one year. Since I’ve continued to work throughout the pandemic I’m actually surprised we didn’t get sick. But I am over and done with lockdowns and masks. It’s time to live again and if we let the democrats running the show have this control over us any longer... they’ll just keep adding on more and more restrictions.
I'm not sure if people are changing or if it's always been this way and social media is simply augmenting the evening news and bringing it to our attention. It does seem like there's a lot of entitled attitudes out there. Gone are the days where if you wanted something you worked for it and earned it. People used to respect others whether it was their personal beliefs or their job... not any more though. Christian businesses are sued for trying to practice their beliefs, retail customers are more rude than ever before, the NRA is vilified for existing, criminals, shot while while exhibiting violent behavior/weapons and resisting arrest, are promoted to sainthood and police are vilified. It's insanity.
I'm a Christian who believes in gay marriage and gay rights and I believe in 'born that way' but I also believe that a person has the right to their personal religious beliefs. You'd think that would appease both sides but no, each side hates the fact that I believe in rights for the other. Cue the social media arguments where each side screams "tolerance" at each other yet not showing the other side any and there I sit in the middle. It's frustrating to feel the way I do and listen to others demand tolerance for *insert your cause here* but tell the other side they deserve none.
I've dealt personally with people of this mindset and you can't demand tolerance or defend it when it suits you while denying it when it doesn't. If you commend designers for refusing to work with the Presidents' wife while pushing that a Christian business be put out of business because they don't feel right baking that cake or printing one of those signs based on their religious beliefs then you are the very definition of a hypocrite who needs to take the word "tolerance" out of your vocabulary. If you are a Christian who wants tolerance for their beliefs you have to accept that there are others who don't feel the same as you. Personally, I would bake the cake or photograph the wedding but if you don't want to that doesn't mean you can stop others. And if you are told by a business that based on their religious beliefs they don't feel they can 'bake that cake', you've no right to destroy their lives and livelyhood when there's another 'baker' or 'photographer' around the corner who will do it.
It's how I feel and both sides (and/or anyone who disagrees with me) can suck it up and deal with it. Tolerance for all.
Yeah not art related and I don't plan to do this often but I had to rant somewhere. I'm off to create something. :)