My frustration with Facebook reached a breaking point after the 2016 U.S. election. I thought of myself as an open person who valued different opinions, yet I couldn’t stand what I was reading in my feed. I also didn’t like pretending to be friends with people just because we went to school or worked together, or because they were neighbors or friends of my parents. I envied my friend, Jennifer, who had about 30 Facebook friends.
It's interesting what comes up for me when I write. I'm sure others have this experience too. It's a combination of resistance, fear, and procrastination that can be tough to overcome. But, I'm stronger than this and know that what's required in these moments is to just sit down and start writing, regardless of my inner feelings and dialogue.
I resonate with Gandhi's perspective that in order to change the world we must first change ourselves. For me this means developing greater awareness and respect for myself and others, and learning to accept things as they are. Even though I know that I must continue to focus on my own personal work, I also feel called to make a difference in the world, especially in areas that affect women.