Wild Musings Day 2 with Renee Magnusson
I loved pondering today about my online communities and social media feeds. It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend a couple of years ago. She said she was thinking of getting off facebook as it was so negative. Many of her friends felt the same. I shrugged, knowing it can be. In her feed, in all the comments, such negativity, she said. I studied my facebook feed after that. Post after post was a painting, a joke, a gorgeous photo or a collective lovefest on someone who needed witnessing and had reached out. Interesting. To this day, it remains pretty much the same for me although my friend weeded through some of her friends who were constantly bringing her down and she remains on facebook, now with a happier experience.
A couple of posts I find frustrating once in a while, perhaps someone who seems to be continually wallowing in the same situation without any effort to change anything, but a quick glance and I can scroll on down without engaging.
I post on instagram every day so am most vulnerable to and familiar with that feed. Today the first post that came up was from an old school friend—his first post—a video of him in the Scottish Highlands navigating his bike down a rocky glen which looked like it went over a cliff at the very end (he stopped his ride long before that part). I could feel his concentration. I might have held my breath. I was certainly captivated and absorbed and all day long I thought, “Well, if he can do that, this should be no problem for me!”
The second post on my instagram feed was from an adorable couple who run a local coffee shop. Several months ago they had a brick along with a homophobic note thrown through their window. Not the first note they’d received but the first brick. They immediately brought it to the media’s attention along with their resolve to hold a free rainbow donut sunrise toast the following week. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people showed up to support them. They got requests from schools to talk to kids about being themselves, about homophobia and how to face it and turn it into something positive. Anyway, their post today was a cartoon joke that had me chuckling each time I thought of it.
A sheep and a border collie are in a restaurant.
The border collie says, “What do you mean, I’m too controlling?”
The sheep replies, “You herd me.”
hamster peers out
pink nose twitching
I give him extra carrots
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