Day 16: On Speaking Up

This is not about politics. It's about talking about politics. Not about any particular issues. 🙂

If you want to annoy family and strain friendships, talk about politics. If you want to be defriended, do it on Facebook. I've been vocal. Too vocal it seems. I first started speaking up when rhetoric that was posted on Facebook in 2012 supported laws being passed that would harm my son who is autistic. I did not understand how hard disabled people work to just exist in this world (before I had a son with a disability). I hoped it might make a difference in people's perspectives. 

Narrator voice:  It did not.

A few weeks ago, when I was looking at garden plans, I clicked over to the Facebook page of a doll making friend to ask about a garden post. I found I could only see posts I was specifically tagged in and none of them were garden posts. I had been placed on a restricted list. And in a flash of hurt and sadness, I clicked unfriend. What is the point in having an online friendship where they could see into my world and I was restricted?

I fully see that speaking up caused this issue.

Moral of the story?  I'm still thinking about it.  Maybe it's speak up where it makes a difference?

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keep you from doing what you can do."

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