Note: I need to reiterate what is stated in my about me page: the views expressed in this article are solely mine and do not represent the views of any else, most notably my employer. Many people who read this will disagree with what will be discussed. If you are someone who gets easily offended by differing ideologies, this may not be the best article for you.
I’ve delayed writing this post because I believed I needed research to support every idea I’m about to express. To give you an idea, I initially decided to write this post nearly four months ago, and it’s taken me this long to realize that there is no amount of unbiased research that can make this article a persuasive article. So, rather than using this as an opportunity to persuade anyone, this is going to be me expressing my beliefs. I’m sure I will get comments of people refuting or supporting me, and I’m sure for every point I make someone can find research supporting and refuting it. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that if anyone was capable of indisputably resolving these issues, they would no longer be issues. As such, what follow are my thoughts, my feelings, and my musings, nothing more and nothing less. There will be some research included, but mostly just my opinion. Here we go…
This may be a tough pill for some to swallow, so bear with me.
One of the things I’ve learned in my life is the danger of extremes; the inability or refusal of two opposing sides or ideals to find a common ground. Perhaps to use a more accurate word, I’m talking about polarity. The dictionary defines polarity this way: “the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.” Often, subtly and seemingly unnoticeably, those two opposite or contrasting principles manifest themselves initially in ways that don’t seem to contradict each other. Yeah the contrast comes from the way people interpret and act upon the principles. In this case, I’m going to talk about this concept in the sense of our looks and our bodies.
First of all, I’m going to address a kind of hot-button topic: political correctness. We in America have become so sensitive to criticism of any form, even if it’s positive. As such, we’ve pushed the notion that we have to stop criticism entirely. Now, I’m not in any way saying we need to start running around throwing insults at one another. But what I am saying is that we’ve gotten so sensitive to criticism that we’ve compromised a huge thing in return: accountability. We no longer push people to be accountable in the most important way: we no longer push people to be accountable to themselves.
‘Groundhog Day’ is on my list of Top 10 movies of all time. I especially love that after watching it once, I feel like I just saw it 8 times in a row. Some of Bill Murray’s best advice: “Don’t Drive Angry!” I’m a Groundhog Birthday Girl, so this holiday and the movie are near and dear to my shadow and my heart. Sorry about the shadow this year; the polar vortex reached Punxsutawney PA, and Phil waved the white flag. Bummer. I think it’s high time we all consider moving to San Diego!
Speaking of Phil, Groundhog Day 2014 left me with a heavy heart, learning about the tragic, though unsurprising death of Philip Seymore Hoffman – such a talent, and a humble man when greeted by fans. My hope is that something good can come from something so sad. I work in an ER in Philadelphia, where I see life-threatening and end-stage disease in very young people on a WEEKLY basis, as a result of Narcotic Drug Abuse – often times in the form of IV drugs, but also in the form of prescription meds such as percocet. Aside from the Hepatitis C that leads to cirrhosis and Liver Cancer, the HIV, the MRSA abscesses that can lead to limb loss and sepsis, a new batch of heroin is out there that is “laced” with fentanyl – giving people (click on it) a HUGE UNEXPECTED FATAL dose of opiates . My hope is that celebrities, who have used in the past, will come forward to educate our young people from a Survivor’s point of view. Here’s an example in Russell Brand. Addiction is one of the hardest diseases to beat; it requires the ultimate conviction of the patient to want a cure. Prevention is where it’s at, and the media has such powerful influence. As a child of the 80’s the mantra ‘Just Say No’ has been on my mind the last few days.
Switching gears, who doesn’t love puppies? You know you want to see it again – that Budweiser Commercial!!!