Open Thread: Mid Month Check In, November 2016

(by chris the cynic)

What have you been doing of late?  How are you?  Are you still alive?  So forth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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5 thoughts on “Open Thread: Mid Month Check In, November 2016

  1. alexeigynaix November 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Long story. Very long story. I don’t want to discuss it in a public forum. But yeah. I’m still alive. Singing Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Sara Bareilles’s “Brave” and Ginger Doss’s “Warrior” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. I will survive. Hey hey.

  2. Firedrake November 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Still here. Not in immediate danger. Other people got way more troubles than me.

  3. anamardoll November 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I am alive. I am.

    [TW] Sometimes… I don’t want to be. But that’s not really different from the last 10 or so years. Kristy made a good comment on Ramblings about how to stay alive and I added one myself. I think it’s a day-at-a-time thing. I try to take it a day at a time.

    Right now I’m most worried for all my friends. I know so many people struggling with these fears and pains.

  4. christhecynic November 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I’m alive. I plan to remain that way. Always worried about money. Been hell these past 19.5 months and if I were the sort of person who could cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to fix things with any sort of speed or grace or whatever allows you to get shit done in order to fix things then I probably wouldn’t be eligible for SSI in the first place.

    Still, I have hope. This month I’ll finally finish that shit, get my SSI adjusted back to something I can live on, and thus no longer skate on the edge of financial catastrophe. And I have fear that that hope will prove as hollow as previous hopes.

    And as for the fucking election . . . I don’t even know.

    Somebody needs –well, actually lots and lots of somebodies need– to do a lot of activism practically non stop for the next 4 years, with a significant spike at the two year mark, and if I were the sort of person who could do that then I probably wouldn’t be eligible for SSI in the first place.

    It feels hopeless and selfish to be thinking, “Other people need to step up and save my country.”

  5. depizan November 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I’m alive. And trying not to think too much about the future, as that way leads to spiraling anxiety and depression. So many people I know will be horribly negatively affected by the Trump administration’s plans. And by Trump supporter horribleness. (Something that’s more likely to negatively affect me.) And I don’t have the mental stability required for activism. So, like chris, I’m stuck hoping other people will step up and save the country.

    I’m trying to convince myself that just being decent to people, and showing up for my job (which is heavily a customer service job) is a way to support the people who can step up. Because they may need all the pleasant smiles and friendly customer service people they can get.

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