It’s been a bit, kiddo. I haven’t kept up my end of the bargain, writing enough to satisfy my own assumption that there will be words never read by you. In the event you are still listening, I am still writing, and there’s much to say.
Every Little Thing, Is Gonna’ Be A’ight.
First off, we’re going to be okay. That sounds stupid when reading it aloud, or reading it at all, but for this moment in time, it’s difficult to feel optimistic. We have, in this country, just recently been given a leader that is something far less than desirable. In fact he’s terrifying. In our personal lives, we’ve been given news that is also far less than desirable and terrifying. Things are hard right now, kiddo.
To take a step back and look objectively at our state of the mess, we’re going to be okay, but times are hard. The assumption of issues to arise is far worse than what is happening now, to be sure, but that doesn’t stop the lingering black cloud that’s beginning to form. 2016 was rough, and 2017 is shaping up to be one of the worst, friend. To save time here’s some bullet points:
- Trump is president–what the absolute fuck?
- Our country is very quickly being stripped of liberties
- Cancer is a motherfucker
- I’m really an adult
Poli-Kick in the Ass
Lets quickly address politics: You’re going to lose your insurance, and your grandparents will likely lose theirs. Our friends could lose the ability to openly celebrate their marriage. People across the world will likely be denied access to the U.S. to escape war. Women will not be able to make their own decisions about their bodies without ramifications. Your education system could move away from facts to fiction. And the whole world is going to continue to be destroyed because an orange man nominates an oil executive to be secretary of state.
When It Hits Home
Personally, life is hard because we haven’t done a good job of taking care of ourselves. Our bodies are machines that have to be constantly maintained, and we have not emphasized being healthy as one of the main requirements to maintaining our machines. We need to eat well, exercise, stop smoking, and cut back on alcohol and bad shit. We haven’t done most of these things, and the consequences of omitting health is beginning to reach you.
We’re going to begin losing family, kiddo. I’m not quite sure the best way to tell you about it either. The people you love can’t be around forever though, and that’s why life, and every day, is so special. This is why your parents all say they love you so much, because we all do, and we have to tell you all the time. Not because we’re afraid you’ll forget, but because we want you to never question it.
We’re going to have to have some tough discussions sooner than I had hoped, and I am not quite sure how. But remember, we’re going to be okay.