politics are tricky (aka send help)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

If you follow me on social media, you know that I don’t make political posts.

I was raised to believe in the secret ballot. I honestly never knew who my dad voted for, his stances on political issues or if he had any party loyalties at all.

I’m grateful that my parents were thoughtful when it came to sharing their political views with me. They managed to teach me morality without viewing it through a political lens.

As a teenager, I was able to form my own opinions based upon the moral code I had already built. This led me to be more open-minded when faced with opposing viewpoints.

My dad was (and still is) a public relations professional and has always worked with governmental officials of both parties, which was why he had to be extremely careful about expressing political opinions. He is a smart guy (duh).

Social media wasn’t around when my dad was looking for PR jobs.

Having a strong online presence and image is now a necessity, therefore I am careful. I proceed with caution, because what I say could cost me a job.

Now here’s where things get crazy.

Recent events have led me to believe that staying quiet no longer adheres to my moral code. Compassion, equality and tolerance seem to have taken a backseat in today’s political environment.

In the future, I’m going to be a little more daring.

Social media has always been the best way for me to express myself, and it feels dishonest to continue to avoid certain topics.

If employers are turned off by my viewpoints, so be it. That means that I probably wouldn’t have been happy at their company, anyway.

I know that this is going to be tricky. I know that this is a risk, which means I will be doubly cautious when crafting content.

In this era of filters and Photoshop, I want to be the most genuine me I can be.

I want to be truth-y.

Thanks for sticking by me, magical creatures.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

photo: Nan Schamerloh Miller

 

 

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