Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was quite a year. I titled this blog, I'm just sayin, a little bit of this and little bit of that because this blog is a mixed bag. I haven't written a blog for some time and I have run into a few people who have asked me when I would write another one. So, today I decided to write about whatever comes to mind. Let me begin with the fact that the world is still in existence, obviously, contrary to some beliefs that we were doomed to become extinct in December 2012. I didn't believe it, though I know many who did. The "Doomsday Preppers", prepping for the end of civilization. Is that even possible? And if it were possible, would one really want to be alive and eye witness the aftermath of sheer destruction and death? I don't believe if you ask those that have survived such tragic events like, The Great Depression in the 1930's, World War II, and the Holocaust in the 1940's, The Jonestown Massacre in the 1970's and the Rwanda Genocide in the 1990's. you would fiind any survivors of these historical events who would tell you a positive and uplifitng tale of what it is like to be a survivor. Yes. They lived through history and through history we learn, but that teaching would be painful to hear. That is why I don't give much thought to infallable beliefs. "I'm just sayin".
We need to continually stay mindful of our here and now and the future. I do give thought to our economy. It's like a person researching the classified sections for employment, I am on a daily need-to-know basis of where we are at and how things are going. Our economy has seen a slight growth 'spurt', and if you can picture a "spurt" or want to see one, you may need a magnifying glass to do so. This always boggles my mind, considering that small seedling of a spurt came by way of consumer spending. If nearly 45,000 jobs were outsourced in 2004, it's a no wonder that eight years later, many Americans are unemployed. Our employment population ratio stinks. I remember the days when you could leave your job, and within two weeks you were once again gainfully employed. What is it about Americans that we just allow this to happen? This country was and is sustained by us and it ticks me off that we just allow ourselves to be pushed out of the way and are left to find any means necessary to survive. Criminal behavior has rapidly risen and continues to rise. Some of the crimes I read about I have to scratch my head and wonder how insane the person really was before the crime was committed. People seem to be more stressed out, depressed and filled with anxiety then ever before. "I'm just sayin".
With sincere honesty, I can tell you that there really is no reason for anyone to personally digress. The thing to do is to now find your passion, be creative, get educated, and research any and all things you may have once thought of and make it happen for yourself. As I had mentioned in one of my earlier blogs my decision to go back to college. I have completed one year of college, and yes, I had to research many careers, ideas, and most importantly myself. It all starts with you and what you want to produce for your life. I have completed one full-time year and made the Dean's List twice. It's amazing how much you put into something when you're financially responsible for the greater portion of the bill. My goal is to be one of the best in the career I chose. I also have re-discovered my creative side and I am looking to put a product out that I think people will find useful. I have found my way to substantiate my life. With work, school, a family, and all of the other adult responsibilites, life must go on. One of my favorite sayings to people who have given up, is to get off the carousel and jump into a bumper car. You need to clear your the way in this circus of the world, and find which ride is going to kick start the thrill you yearn for. "I'm just sayin".
This is not that easy, as I have sincere compassion for those who have suffered in 2012. Hurricane Sandy destroyed plenty, small-town tragedies took place that were too eerie and devastating to even think about. But we should keep these people in our thoughts. Tomorrow can change everything as we know it and we all are well aware of this fact. That is why today is what matters most. Every minute and hour that your world checks and balances you should feel thankful. "I'm just sayin".
My one true wish for people is that we stop believing that our existence is the only one that matters. If this were true,then there would not be so many of us here. I still live in the old school beliefs that your child is my child, your mother is my mother, your father is my father, and so on. As many belive that everyone has a bad side, you should also believe that everyone has a good side and that is what I choose to find and focus on. "I'm just sayin".
The election, oh the infamous 2012 re-election of Obama. I have seen long time friendships end after, and some even during the debates. One man's election determined the strength of relationships and friendships. I am not talking about his election on a world-wide level, (I am not looking for a debate here), I am talking about his election on a personal level. I too deleted an "on-line friend" based on his choice of wording after the election. I was thinking to myself, "oh wow"! did he really just take his freedom of speech to that level? and because I could not decipher his words to mean something else, my delete was as straight-forward as his wording. Thank goodness he wasn't a long-time friend nor' someone I had ever met in person, otherwise I would have to have a sit down and re-hash his rant along with him, to ensure he was mentally going to be alright. Considering he never messaged me to inquire my reason for deleting him, I let bye gones be bye gones. Still a silly thing to do and I am guilty. "I'm just sayin".
I do not have any new years resolutions. I'm patiently waiting for the arrival of Spring. The Patch is doing an excellent job of keeping us infomed. in the community. The Waterford Police Depatment have a Facebook page that is doing an outstanding job with the community. I finally made my way to the improved Crystal Mall, it's nice. I do like the sitting areas. There's a sign of getting older. "I like the sitting areas". Oh boy! and again..."I'm just sayin".
So there you have it, a little bit of this and little bit of that. My deepest sympathy is extended to Bourgeois family, and the Seidel family and all of the families of the Sandy Hook Tragedy and my hope is that they can find peace in their lives. I'm hoping Mr. Macrino is enjoying his retirement, thank you for the years served.
I suppose the best way to end this blog, is to wish all of you a fantastic, safe, and amazing 2013! Be nice to one another, smile when you don't want to, and keep in mind that the best is always yet to come!. "I'm NOT just sayin". You truly can make your new year beautiful.