I have had several people ask me why I don’t speak more about police brutality against Black people and other issues like transphobia and street harassment. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I do voice my opinion on these issues. One time, I voiced my thoughts on what it feels like to be a Black woman on this blog. But, why do I typically steer clear of them on this particular space?
The answer is simple: I have the right to unplug from the world around me and immerse myself in what makes me happy. My life is extremely busy: I work in the financial industry, write, and I have a family. I don’t get a chance to blog as much as I would like to so when I do come here, I want to use my voice to uplift and encourage others. I also follow witty and engaging blogs on WordPress. I have made a conscious decision to avoid negativity here and I won’t change. Every time I log onto Twitter, I am bombarded with horrific images of brutality, racism, sexism, and all other types of horrible crap. I can’t turn a blind eye because it is real. It is our life, our world, and whether we want to accept it or not, it is HAPPENING. I retweet and often join online conversations to spread the word and stand up for those who need support.
So, respect my right to unplug. I can be invested in #BlackLivesMatter and still enjoy #DoctorWho. I can build my own personal brand, achieve my professional goals, and still make time to watch Empire and Scandal. I can write about my suicide experience and also write about celebrity drama. And, you can do the same as well!!
Don’t let anyone make you feel some type of way for enjoying “trivial” things. Sometimes, we need an awesome TV show or a hobby to keep us sane in a crazy world.
5 thoughts on “Respect My Right to Unplug”
Good afternoon Tai. I totally agree. We don’t have to intake all the world’s issues. It’s healthy to disconnect, for the good of our collective sanity. And Dr. Who rocks. Lol.
Exactly. I find it ironic how people love to get online and complain about other people “wasting their time” on social media and/or enjoying a hobby…as if the amount of time you spend off Twitter somehow makes you a more productive member of society
Unplugging from reality and escaping to fantasy can help us keep perspective on life and keep us from going nuts. Social media can be a jungle.
It is a jungle. I have had many struggles with depression and suicide, so I have to take care of myself and step away from negativity! That’s one of the reasons I love Doctor Who…it allows me to temporarily leave my world and immerse myself in adventure 🙂
I think blogging is something you control and you can control who you allow to respond. Twitter and Facebook can be troll platforms that can do damage.