It seems that I am hearing more and more about the “war on Christianity” combined with the “War on Christmas”, despite my best efforts. Last time I checked, war involved physical violence or the threat of physical violence or oppression….I’m beginning to believe that this “War” is something that Fox News made up so they can have something else to blame Obama for. There is a huge difference between criticism of a religion and attempting to take away someones right to practice their religion..Huge. It’s quite annoying when any group challenges anything that has to do with the separation of Church and State..Christians that love Fox News freak out. Well…unless someone proposed swearing on a Quran instead of a Bible in court, or putting in Allah we trust on money…then the -ist Christians would go all “Revelations”. For clarification by “ist” Christians I mean …..Christians who are racist, and or sexist ,and or homophobic.
If anything it’s the opposite, some Christians are openly spewing ignorant, intolerant words loud and proud..then when they are criticized for it..it’s an attack on their religious beliefs. Then more of the ignorant, intolerant Christians flock to defend these people instead of defending the fundamental connections that binds us all together. We are all human, no one should be ostracized for something that they cannot help and that is not infringing on anyone else’s safety. I find it appalling….and it is one of the reason’s I do not care for Christianity or most religion in general.
As someone who is Atheist, Agnostic Atheist to be specific..I still celebrate Christmas because I enjoy it as a time to be with my family and a reminder to tell the people that I love, that I love their presence in my life; with that I will say Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. If someone chooses so say happy holidays or merry Christmas (I use both often) I will accept and appreciate your well wishes and hope others will do the same. Let’s make 2014 better for human kind, animal kind and this bright, beautiful precious planet that we live on.
Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity of knowing my maternal grandparents, but I have been lucky enough to know my paternal grandparents. I was also lucky enough to have step-grandparents that I have known and love all of my life. Now, I am the wandering granddaughter who never seems to stay home for to long; never being home for long enough was my excuse for not seeing them much. I saw my sisters, my parents, my cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances when I was home, but I often skipped visits to my grandpa’s and my grandparents homes. I told myself that I would see them next time, when there was more time. Now, in my family if you don’t visit your grandparents for long enough, you will get scolded and guilt tripped..which was my excuse for a time.
Around nine months ago, I found out that my grandpa had cancer, aggressive cancer. He fought for a long time, but he was tired and ready to go on to whatever awaits us after death. I was lucky enough to know about his condition and was able to see him while he was sick, but I wish I had more time. He passed away, I wish I had more time. Every time I hear an old man with a hoarse infectious laugh, I think of how I wish I had more time. Ever time I see an old man which a golf cap on and a smile, I wish I had more time. I am very grateful to have one living grandfather and step-grandmother, now I make it a point to see them whenever I am back home. People can never know how long loved ones will be around, be in their presence and love them while you can. I really wish I would have learned this lesson sooner.
This past fall I turned 29… as in I will be 30 next fall. Dooom sank in, mixed with panic about where I was in life..what the hell was I doing the past 29 years I’ve been roaming the country. Really, what do I have to show for the time I have been on this earth, student loan debt and Cats?!?! Then I really started to think about what I have gained, in these years on this precious earth..those lessons have been invaluable and are why I am the person writing these words. My life has been full of people who have helped to lift me up, and show me that I can accomplish whatever I want no matter what unintentionally uninclusive messages ( I hope) that I received during my adolescence. I am not the same person I was 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago or even yesterday. I have learned life lessons the hard way like most people, but I still have a heck of a lot to be grateful for…So I sat down to reflect about what I have learned through doing and being,after experiencing a tough loss. I will post those 30 lessons that I wrote down that day over the next few months..
we need more Nelson Mandelas to change this planet that we live on…