By Victoria Lynn Hall
It’s getting to the point where I’m no fun anymore.
That’s not just a lyric from a Crosby, Stills and Nash song, but probably how some of my friends and family feel about me these days and definitely something a few acquaintances have made known to me recently. Apparently I’ve become one of those so called “political people” that some so called “non political” people find annoying.
I can understand that. I’ve felt like that with some people in the past and truthfully, I never thought I would become one of those “political people”. However, I really don’t think that I have changed that drastically. I’ve pretty much always cared about and talked about the things I do now: peace, love, kindness, equality and well being for all – I just do that in the context of politics these days.
And there’s a very important reason for that; I realized that our politics were not only standing in the way of those things but that our democracy was formed in an effort to help us achieve those things (thank you, Marianne Williamson for helping me with that).
The problem is that most “non political” people have not realized that and many “political people” seem to have forgotten that or, especially in the case of those with the most political power, just outright ignore or defy it.
No wonder I’m no fun anymore. I so often find myself challenging or being challenged by one of these two sides. But when I’m not, I’m “preaching to the choir”, which I believe also has some benefit, but not if that is all that you do.
Sometimes it gets frustrating and tiring and makes me cranky but the truth is I’ve always been a little cranky. I’ve always been disturbed by violence and injustice but at least now I’m a little more involved in fighting it or at least speaking out against it.
I’m no fun anymore? Really, when was I ever that fun? I’ve never been the life of the party. In fact, I try to avoid parties in general and when I don’t I usually wind up hanging out with the host’s pet. Do these “non political” people who are complaining about me “being political” now even know me?
I don’t think they do.
Come to think of it, the people who know me best and love me the most, are proud of me – even when I go on about corporatism or regime change wars a little too long for their liking.
In a recent episode of our “Ask Jesse” podcast, my friend Jesse Crall said, “You can’t have a politics in which you’re espousing hate but you have to be willing to accept the hatred of others.”
And of course he is right.
There are worse things than not being liked by someone. Like not liking myself. And I wouldn’t if I didn’t do and say what I feel is right.
And that would be no fun at all.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.