Woke up this morning raring to go to write a post about some conquering life awesomeness, only to have my morning plans thrown into a tailspin as I browsed through the flood of hateful and ignorant comments regarding the outcome of last night’s election. The one that really struck me the hardest was from a person I had always considered a friend saying,
“If you can’t beat em’ join em’ today I officially become disabled… Send me my Check”
Now I know the bigger thing for me to do would’ve been to keep on scrolling, and pretend that I hadn’t read a thing, but you know after all the other terrible comments I had read this morning I decided that enough was enough, and wrote back to this person saying,
“Wow, isn't that a stupid thing to say… Wouldn't you just love to be disabled… Really, it's so much fun”
Only to be attacked by a flourish of comments saying,
“I’m too touchy”
“can’t take it”
“why don’t you just fall down and say your crippled”
“you and i could both draw checks, but we choose to work through the pain, can you imagine your combine office being your couch ALL day? me either. hahaha!!!”
“When you through a rock into a pack of dogs, the one you hit always barks the loudest.”
I kept my mouth shut and got more upset throughout the morning, honestly having my morning ruined as I watched these individuals laugh at me and my misfortune. Here they are laughing, poking fun of us who are forced to draw our measly check from the disability office, when there is nothing I’d rather do than be back working. If only they had half a clue.
As the day went on and I really took a step back to see why I was so bothered, I realized it had a lot to do with the overall disrespectful attitude of so many after this election. Yes, I know half the country doesn’t like who we elected, but when it comes right down to it we as a people all need to come together and try to support each other for the better good and respect our leader whether we agree with his policies or not. We need to take care of our wounded veterans, people suffering from debilitating injuries, and keep each other in check from abusing the systems that help those who need it so much. We need to work towards positive change and not belittle people for their minor differences of opinions and come together as a unified nation. Yes I know the disability system is broken, yes there are millions of people who abuse and take advantage of it. But to make light of these issues instead of trying to constructively solve them will do nothing more than dig us into an even deeper pit than we already are.
Lastly, as I really thought about this and how much my morning was disrupted I realized one very important thing:
Don’t let the stupid people in this world dictate how you feel.