Hello lovelies! It's been a while since I wrote a Monday Monologue, and I thought now would be as good a time as any to check in, say hello, and get you caught up on everything. This will be short & sweet, err ok, short anyway. Well, maybe.
Well, 2021 didn't even get through its first week without unrest in the world, and I for one was hoping we could all just move on peacefully from 2020, but I guess that was a bit too much to ask. Though I remain hopefully optimistic that this year will get better, and it can, as long as we all do our part to facilitate that.
The violent insurrection, incited by the sitting President of the United States, at the US Capitol on January 6th was absolutely horrific. I couldn't believe my eyes and my heart ached for my home country as I watched the news coverage. What have we become? As I sat there watching the mob of Trump supporters terrorizing anyone in their path, other realizations began to unfold.
#1 If this mob had been predominantly black, the story would have unfolded in such a different way. Evidenced in the treatment of peaceful black protestors this past summer.
#2 The fact that getting other police or military to the scene to back up the Capitol Police (who were sorely outnumbered by the mob) took more than 3 hours, is further evidence of white privilege and systemic racism in the USA. Again if that mob had been black, it would have been a much different story.
#3 Every intelligence agency and police force knew that the Trump supporters were coming to protest Joe Biden's certification as the next president. It wasn't as if they weren't boasting about it all over social media. They knew the mob was in large part extremists who were planning to do harm, yet they didn't implement the coverage needed to handle the situation. In contrast, during peaceful protests this past summer the military and police forces held a huge presence in Washington DC and every other major city where protests took place. Why such a contrast? Because the mob in question here was predominately white Trump supporters, incited by their leader, Donald Trump.
#4 The amount of outright hatred people hold for other people of different color, different religions, and different ideologies, is astounding. I simply can't wrap my head around it.
#5 The mob was incited by DT, knowing full well the impact of his words on his base, and therefore, he should be held entirely responsible for the insurrection and ensuing damages and deaths. No one should be held above the law, not even the President!
#6 Lastly I cried and I grieved for what seemed to be the death of the republic as we knew it at the hands of a tyrant and his minions. But as the night wore on my faith was restored by the resiliency of the members of Congress. They rallied and finished the job they set out to do. And now, even as I type this, they are doing everything in their power to remove the tyrant from the White House.
It was certainly a trying day for all, and honestly for the last 4 years as well. But we will move forward. There is hope.
And that brings me to COVID. Here in Ontario we are once again in lockdown and are soon to be even more restricted, pending an announcement on Tuesday. I'm all for tougher restrictions. So far I've seen friends and family still going about their lives, traveling, meeting up with people outside their households, and and just generally not seeming to take this virus as seriously as they should. That type of behaviour is exactly what got us here in the first place, and it why tougher restrictions are now needed.
For instance, Brandon and I follow a lot of travel bloggers on YouTube and social media and just yesterday a couple we've followed for quite a while and have seriously watched all their videos, decided they'd hop on a plane and go to Vegas all for the sake of creating content about fun travel things to do there. WTF!? It's that kind of irresponsible behavior that is keeping numbers high in the USA. And for creators who have almost 2 million followers, to influence your followers to think traveling during a pandemic is ok, it ridiculously selfish. *Deep Breaths!*
Anyway, if you read my articles here and at all have any faith in the things I say, please for the sake of you, your family, and those in your community, stay home! If you can work from home, do so. We all miss our friends, but if we all stay home, we'll hopefully be able to hangout again soon, safely. We all miss shopping and travel and fun outside our homes, but again if we all just stay the course we'll have those things back sooner rather than later. It will take everyone of us making sacrifices and staying home to get this virus in check. Do you part! The vaccine is on its way!
Now onto better things. Brandon and I have started the #LessIsNow challenge. Starting today we will each get rid of at least one item a day that isn't essential, used, or doesn't bring us joy, and we will do this for 30 days. It should be interesting to see this unfold. If you want to come along for the journey and read more about our decision you can check out our post over on our Instagram page where we'll be sharing our progress via posts & stories. I'm super excited!
Also, our podcast will be back soon! We absolutely enjoyed creating our podcast last year and it's something we plan to carry on with. Right now we talk about lots of things and are just trying to find our groove, but this year we plan to always have a photography topic as well as some general chatting about what's going on in our lives and the world. You can listen to the podcast on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, as well as Google Podcasts. We also always post an audio file to our YouTube channel. We are considering ding a video file on YouTube, but right now we're happy just doing audio. Anyway, check it out!
I will leave you with a beautiful flower, that will hopefully brighten your day.