You really care?
For whatever reason, I just noticed the change in Facebook’s’ page. I have no idea how long these changes have been in effect.
But today I noticed that Facebook seemed to be interested in my well-being … my feelings.
And my mind started to wonder/wander … do they really care? What if I really told them how I am really feeling? What should I post …
I mean, how honest are they really looking for …
“Thanks for asking, I’m feeling fine?”
“Pretty wiped out, did a lot of driving yesterday … got home late … then got awakened out of a sound sleep with a phone call at 6AM”
“Well, since you asked, my stomach is pretty acidy … and I feel just a bit down in the dumps”
“Feeling kind of antisocial, thanks. Was wondering how to get out of that New Years Eve invite without hurting anyones feelings”
And just now I am remembering a man I worked with many years ago … who decided to make a personal statement to all who mindlessly asked him “Hi Tom, how are you?”
At which point he would stop … dead in his tracks … take a deep breath and … quite loudly … proclaim “I’m doing SO FANTASTICALLY well. THANK YOU for asking!!!”
After about four of these identical iterations on a caffeine-deprived morning everyone avoided Tom.
So I went out there looking for “Facebook New Screenshots” on Google. What was it that they used to ask me, exactly?
Oh, that’s good.
How should I respond to that?
“Squinting at the screen, trying to read the fine print?”
And what if I am doing something … right now … that the world would be better off not knowing?
I don’t remember ever having that prompt in the little block at the top either. Maybe this suggestion is for people who actually have a life and do interesting things.
And mine is for people who have a shrink.
Hey, I do things, too … she said … not sounding the least bit defensive.
What was it that was out there … before?
“What’s on your mind?”
I seem to recall seeing that from time to time.
And if there was indeed something on my mind, I could share it with one and all.
Not that there was … not too often.
There it is!
My old friend … the prompt that faced me every day for months.
Succinct. To the point. Requires me to feel no feelings … or rise to any great creative heights … or be positive … or negative … or anything.
Just … write something.
Exactly what I have needed this past year of heartbreak and recovery.
So I sat here … right before I started this
tirade blog entry … and I thought “What IS Holly feeling?”
It is snowing at the rate of one to three inches an hour outside … on top of the ice from last night … to be followed tomorrow morning with more ice … and strong winds.
And I looked at the picture my beloved brother just posted …
How am I feeling?
Well, I’ll tell you in two pictures. First is where my brother is – Big Sur. Second is where I am – Big … Not-Sur.