It’s the end of another month so I’m here with a little food for thought.
What does it really mean to be positive or negative?
It’s always been my belief that if you love something so much, associate it with great memories, that it’s okay to be hard on it. It’s okay not to wear rose-colored glasses and to dispense thoughtful criticism. Your love or passion for something does not equate to perfection. There is room for improvement in everything and everyone, and it’s okay to be aware and to be expressive when things are not as they once were, or when these things have changed for the worst.
Maybe it’s more obvious to me now that I read blog posts, message boards, and various social media platforms all the time but I’m not sure when support became about kissing ass, and not so much, the truth. As a fan of anything, I live for truth. Sure, everything is subjective… that book, that attraction, that movie, that restaurant but I would prefer to hear the real words than the ones you think you should be writing or saying.
Thoughfuless goes a long way. Whether I agree or not, my brain is working. My brain is considering all the options, weighing what is right versus what I remember. I’d hate to be stagnant all the time, going along for the ride. I try to be an optimistic person; I try to give decisions the benefit of the doubt. But it should not make me a bad person when I’m expressing my own truth or even disagreeing with popular opinion. Bad, good, yay, nay… I hate that it has to be one or the other. That for some, putting your foot down automatically categorizes you as a “certain type of person.”
The bright side of the internet is this: if you do not agree, you can pass on reading the post. More than likely, you will agree with this person again or, at least, be inspired to open your mind and look at things from a different angle. The internet is stuffed with judgments, ideas, and opinions… there’s absolutely no way to nod your head at everything, wholeheartedly believing the same exact things.
So what has me thinking about all of this? I guess it would be all the changes to Club 33 in Disneyland. When I went to Disneyland in 2004, I didn’t even know what Club 33 was and while I don’t have the same connection to it that others do, I see why they are upset and why this has created such an uproar. I don’t think it’s unfair or ridiculous to question why a huge company like Disney would move forth with these kind of changes. Do I think a blog post or a tweet can change the World (or the Land)? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it feels better when you find other people who feel as passionate about something as you do. It’s why we all are a part of this community to begin with. Right?
I think when we stop asking “why”, we leave ourselves open to complacency. Is the money we are forking over for the theme park experience leaving us fulfilled? Or are we returning to a place that continues to change, becomes unrecognizable in hopes we can recapture what we once had? I wonder, if at some point, I’ll get to the point where I am so frustrated with alterations that I think twice before booking a vacation. On the other hand, maybe the cost is worth a chance to remember “the better, simpler times.” See? Nothing is that cut and dry, or black and white.