I’ve been talking with someone about the topic of being touched in public, or by various people. I’m somewhat fascinated by what other people’s feelings are on the subject. I’m very uncomfortable being touched by all but a few people in the world, and I’ve slways assumed that’s because of the abuse. That short list of people who can touch me includes no men. That’s a pretty good indicator that it’s an abuse issue with me, but other people seem to vary from being very touchy feely to not liking it at all too. On the other hand, even the most touchy-feely people in the world get freaked out in some situations or being touched by some people, so it all seems rather unclear. What’s your feeling? Do you like being touched? Are there people who you would just rather not touch you? Places where it always innappropriate, like work? I’m just curious. 🙂
But, that’s not what I want to talk about today, because, frankly, I think we’re all talked out on the subject, or at least I feel like I’m all talked out right now. If you don’t realize that anxiety and other mental health issues are sitting heavy on all of us this year, I don’t know that there’s anything I can say that will convince you of it. I want to talk about some good things, because, why not? I want to appreciate the following:
No matter what happens with the election, the sun rose today. It will set tonight, and rise again tomorrow. And I am here to see it.
I am thankful for the many friends and family members we’ve been in touch with in the last few days, even if it’s just to text and say “WTF”?
Laughter, because sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh, and it’s good for you.
You are here, reading this. You’re Alive!
Hope, that as long as there is a tomorrow for any of us, there is hope in the fact that things are always changing in the world, and in our lives.
Love. For each other, and ourselves.
The technology that lets us all check in with each other, across the world, at any time.
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