Guys, I kind of can’t deal with social media these days. Have you noticed everyone is #woke? What’s up with that? Like, ev-er-y-one is totally #woke. Am I right? They share the latest headline about something fucking terrible, then add the hashtag… #WOKE.
Okay, I actually don’t hate it. I kinda dig it. I’m glad y’all think you’re ‘woke.’ However, I beg to differ. You ain’t woke. Oh don’t you worry. I ain’t woke either. But I’m ‘woker’ than most. Haha! But you guys are a little exhausting. You remind me of me…. like five years ago. I looked a lot like this:
Ha! I kid… Sort of. For real though. Everyone is all in a huff about how sucky our world is. Especially here in the great United States of America. Shit’s fucking turbulent over here! You literally can’t avoid finding out the next thing that is going to end it all unless you completely avoid all media. I wish I was kidding.
I get it. I’m with y’all… Shit’s hard right now! But we certainly are not #woke. So what, you ask, is woke? Woke is the holy dude that parted the sea… Who did that? No seriously. Who? I was raised Catholic, but I actually have no clue. Woke is Buddha. Woke is Jesus. I’d also probably argue woke is folks like John Lennon and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They were #woke. We are not. So what are we?
Well… we’re waking up. We’re becoming #woke. But we’re not there yet. Isn’t it fun! (Note sarcasm) Brutal. Guys, here’s the thing. All of us are going through this. At different times and rates. But we’re all going through this together. If you’re reading this and you’re all like, ‘What the fuck is this crazy bitch talking about?’, you’re one of the few people left with their head still in the sand. Don’t worry. You’ll join the crazy soon.
Anyway, what’s my point? Ahhhh! I hate when this happens. I always have a point, but sometimes I forget. It’s definitely the wine’s fault. I just poured my third glass… Sloooow down, Becky.
Okay, so my point… So, remember the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima? When that happened, I literally lost my mind. For me, it was definitely the thing that was going to end all things. I mean, I guess it still could, but I choose not to think about it. Anyway, you can fill in the blank. What’s your Fukushima? What is it that you fear? What is it that makes you angry? What’s your catalyst? What made you… #WOKE? Whatever it is, instead of fearing it, thank it. I know. I’m crazy. But hear me out.
Without that catalyst, you’d still be one of those folks you’re screaming at on social media to wake the fuck up. Right? Without that fear… Without that anger… You’d still be in a slumber. Walking through life completely unaware of all the terrible shit that’s happening. For a second that actually sounds kind of nice doesn’t it? To be blissfully unaware… But once you start waking up, you can’t go back to sleep. There’s no going back. So now what?
I mean, I guess you just keep going. Keep doing what you’re doing. But if you’re anything like me, holding onto that anger and fear will eventually get too exhausting. Spewing hate and intolerance towards those who oppose your point of view will continue to fall on deaf ears. Right? I mean, never in the history of arguments on social media has anyone ever changed anyone’s mind. Ever. Reading a thread of comments on a controversial article is like repeatedly smashing your head against a wall. Everyone walks away pissed off, and nothing changes. Seriously, what’s the point?
I know being informed is important. It’s entirely necessary for change to occur. I get that. But the fear and hate that seems to go along with the sharing of information is tiring. So I say folks should maybe consider just living their lives with purpose. Be the change you want to see… Right? Fuck all the noise. Just live.
Break free from the system. Unchain yourself. Turn off the news. Take a break from social media. And live. Take a few minutes each day to sit inside your heart… Take a walk. Or a nap. Hug your kids. Drive fast with your windows down and the volume up. Dance in your kitchen. Exercise. Meditate. Read a book for pleasure. Close your eyes and feel the light that resides within you. Love fiercely. And know that that feeling… When you’re in this moment. That is when you’re #WOKE.
Welcome to the new age.
Imagine Dragons feat. Kendrick Lamar~Radioactive