Sometimes all I know to do is to turn up the stereo. When I don’t want to talk or I’m not ready to reason, I retreat to my obsessively organized music collection and turn up the volume.
It happened this week.
On Tuesday, my cabbie asked me, “So, are you gringa?” I cracked an ambivalent grin — I’m never thrilled about where this question leads. “Yes,” I answered. “I’m from the US.”
“I once knew a gringo viejo [old white guy],” he told me. “He sells coca in my hometown; he’s why I live here, in Barrancabermeja. He displaced most of us.”
And then, on Wednesday, World Vision USA stunned me (and everyone) with a massive display of cowardice. The organization reversed a new policy that allowed the hiring of persons in same-sex marriages; the policy had a lifespan of less than 24 hours.
I’ll leave the bridge-building to someone else for today. My jaw is clenched like a fist. I’m pissed (and not even articulately so).
Sometimes indulging the frustration is the only way to release the pressure. Repression never seems to work.
So, in an attempt to maintain my inner resolve (and yours) I bring you a Forget the Haters playlist. I put out a social media call for songs that evoke those stick-it-to-the-system and I-ain’t-got-time-for-this feelings. This playlist is a compilation of many of those submissions … most of which will get you out of your chair and moving around.
So, turn up the volume. And indulge your frustration. I hear it’s good for your health.