Give me a break

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The time has come. After a year of planning, Gideon and I are going on our honeymoon. Weíre leaving on Saturday, and it couldnít come at a better time. This past year has been stressful. I had to plan our wedding, vote for a new president and adjust to a new work schedule. Putting it lightly, I need a break.

The month since our wedding has been especially stressful. Iím guessing that has something to do with our honeymoon approaching and all the nervous excitement that comes with that, but Iíve also fallen prey to a bit of seasonal depression. The holidays are over. Our wedding is over. If I didnít love what I do, the daily grind would feel unbearable.

Thereís also the fact that we have a new administration in charge of the government, an administration Iím not too happy with. Those of you who regularly read this column know how I feel about President Trump. What you might not know is how tired I get having to ingest and write about our countryís politics. When I first started writing on a blog eight years ago, I didnít even venture near politics. It felt too polarizing and I feared I didnít understand parts of it well enough to have a perspective. Slowly, Iíve been educating myself on what I believe and why I believe it. That has helped me put my thoughts into words better, but it hasnít stopped that awful nervousness that comes with sharing my political opinions with the public.

But itís my job, and itís a job Iím proud to do. I know many of you donít agree with me. Iíve received your emails, and I hear you. In truth, I appreciate receiving thoughtful responses to my column. It makes me feel as if this little paper is creating a dialogue in the community it serves. That dialogue doesnít have to be a reflection of my views. It should be a reflection of all the views in the Carroll County area Ö the kind of dialogue we can all get behind.

When you get on social media, itís a whole different ballgame. That type of dialogue doesnít seem to exist there. People can be respectful on social media but Iíve seen way too much arguing on these platforms since the election. Itís become especially bad since Trumpís inauguration, with people sharing news story after news story about the things heís doing in office. While I disagree with a large percentage of Trumpís actions, it is downright exhausting to wade through social media right now. People are being nasty to one another and Iím trying really hard to ignore it all.

More than anything, thatís why I need a break. Gideon and I are going on a seven-day cruise to Mexico, which means we wonít be part of the real world for a week. Iím so excited about unplugging Ö turning off my phone, not checking social media and just enjoying the time with my new husband.

We all have our own opinions about whatís going on in the world, but I think we can unite on one thing. Every now and then, everybody needs a break.

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Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.