My Facebook status update got such a positive feedback today, that I felt I’d like to share it here as well… I took as long composing it as I do many of my blog posts!
Here is my one and only political post — because I just NEED to say it. Not everyone who voted for Obama did so because of his race or because they are on welfare. Not everyone who voted for Romney did so because they hate gays and don’t believe women have rights. I dreaded this election for this very reason: The hate and snark being thrown between friends over liberal vs conservative, democrat vs republican. We’re all Americans and I miss being the UNITED States in practice as well as name, and it is my prayer that God will guide us and our leaders over the next four years.
Oh Facebook. Your constant updates drive me insane. You’ve seriously missed the boat in areas. You got rid of sorting your wall by post type, and you still haven’t figured out how to let me merge a group into a page. Your latest update has made it harder for me to figure out if I am seeing what I want to see. And I’m a bit leery of this timeline change still coming at us.
However, I have to confess. I’m not leaving Facebook anytime soon. The latest update as kept me from being on it as much as I was, but its not run me off completely. Because I like to know what is going on with others. No, not in that creepy stalker way. In that genuinely interested way.
I have almost 650 friends on Facebook.Of those, maybe 50 of those people are people I don’t really know or have known in the past. Those the people on that “restricted” list and that I have friended purely for networking reasons. (Or, in a hand full of cases, just to be polite.) The rest are people I know now or who I’ve known in the past. Old college acquaintances. High school classmates and peers. A few people I know back in elementary school. Several old message board and LiveJournal friends. Etc.
I am genuinely interested in all of these people’s lives. I love to see the hundreds of different paths that life has taken us all. Parents. World travelers. Military. Blue collar workers. Many in different states now. Others settled right where they grew up.
At the end of the day, we all come back down to the basis of relying on our friends. A bad day, we turn to each other for support. A prayer request reaches many at one time. A good day, we want to share our joy. A birthday… you get a smile at the birthday wishes from all over the world, from all over your past.
I have to work a lot harder now to keep up with all my friends. I’ve been forced to create more friend’s lists than ever before just to sort through the posts easier (and I am still missing things, I know). New updates will surely be met with grumbling. But… I’m going to keep doing it. Being able to keep up with old friends and new means I’ll adjust to the changes, because friends are worth the headache.