I am not a fan of making resolutions for the new year. I have never followed the time-honored tradition of making a list of things that, once they are scripted, seem somewhat ridiculous and marginally unattainable. I have known enough disappointment in my life to know that setting myself up for a possible failure, in a manuscript penned only by me, is not an option.
But this year something changed. A small cog in the wheel of my thought process became stuck for a short period of time and had me reflecting on the past year and the role that social media played in perpetuating a plethora of misguided and angry posts. No topic was sacred and no member of any social media outlet came out unscathed.
Friendships have been lost or irrevocably changed. Lines have been drawn in the sand and sides have been taken. The majority of posts I ignored and would not engage in a battle, political or otherwise, without the benefit of being able to see my opponent. It is easy to send a cascade of beliefs out into the cyber world without having to actually face your adversary. There is a level of comfort enjoyed when you are typing your emotional mitigation without the burden of having to face a rebuttal. You can simply turn off your device and ignore the reply.
So my resolution this year is simple and it came as no surprise. I have resolved to not post any negative statements this year. This does not mean I will not have strong opinions on many topics. It simply means I will hold my pessimistic views about any issues until a fair and just way of sharing those sentiments presents itself in a personal and neutral setting.
Social media makes voicing thoughts far too easy without taking that extra moment to calm down before we type. Just thinking about how many eyes may read what I write has made me want to be much more culpable for the content of my posts. Fingers crossed I can hold my tongue if the need arises!