There is much for which I can be thankful.
I have three healthy boys that have grown to be great young men who seem likely to contribute positively to society. I have a husband who loves and supports me. I am healthy. I have a handful of siblings who are my heroes, each in their own way. I have a couple of dogs that keep me warm on cold winter nights.
And after the results of the recent election, I find I am especially thankful for the freedoms we have in our nation. As a writer, I truly enjoy the freedom I have to know that I can write about anything and have no fear over being arrested for my views. I can press a button and publish a writ that hundreds can read, think, and decide upon, hopefully making us all better people in the process.
I do not take this freedom for granted, and today, more than ever, I am Thankful for it.
It sounds a bit conspiracy-theory-ish, but I worry about us writers. We now have a president elect who has demonstrably attacked the press, time and time again. We have a president elect who’s ties to Russia are disconcerting ( his son sat in on a call with the nation-state over the Syria issue). We have a leader who can’t take any kind of humor or disagreement. As a writer, these are deeply concerning issues.
My writing is a small bleep on anyone’s radar, I know, but a bleep nonetheless and in the current environment it’s not a simple matter of just pressing the ‘publish’ button. It’s a matter of weighing each posting, getting it right, ensuring that truth gets its time in the light and that the unprecedented does not become normalized. Now more than ever, I will write with all conviction and utilzation of the freedom of speech we have in our nation. No longer will I take this freedom for granted. It absolutely is the thing I am most grateful for today.
And to my fellow writers , I encourage you to do the same: excercise the beautiful freedom of expression and speech that is part of the bedrock of our nation. To do less at this moment in history is to fail to live up to the expectations of our forefathers for a healthy commonwealth.
May your thanksgiving be full of new memories, may we exemplify our gratitude for the freedom of speech as writers by making our voice heard and keeping the wheels of creativity churning.