Sunday, October 14, 2012
To focus. This was the job for this week. To get caught up on the late posts, think about the current post and plan for the coming weeks. To focus. Good plan.
But then it was Saturday and college football was on and I was lured away from the computer by the blow of a referee's whistle. I got distracted. But when I went to the TV and tried to focus on the game, I was distracted again. By the fact that one team was outfitted entirely in pink sneakers. And the other team was sporting pink gloves. And the refs were all wearing pink hats. And the coaching staffs, of both teams had on pink visors. And I could no longer focus on the game. Or the blog posting. I was distracted. Again.
The pink hose down of October brings up an annual rant for me, and for this I do not apologize. This year, instead of my classic rant about month 10 of every year being coated in pink, I am going to pick a new fight.
Ahhh Facebook. Either you love it or you hate it, but if you are a user, then be ready...the suggestions to post a status are coming. I guarantee it. It's October and the world seems to think we need a particular focus this month. The posting suggestions will come in the form of a silly game asking you to reveal your bra color in your status or to look up your birth month and your favorite candy bar or to disclose where you hang your purse when you walk in the door. All in the name of shocking people or making them laugh to raise breast cancer awareness.
Pay attention. Bring to the forefront. Heighten awareness.
Have you played these games in the past? Because that's what they are...games...and cancer is not a game. If you feel the sting of my words just a bit...that's just fine with me...I meant that.
Here's my question...
If you played the game, how exactly was your awareness of breast cancer raised? Did you post about your favorite candy craving and then go donate a dollar to your favorite breast cancer charity? Did you wink wink about getting dirty in the foyer and then call your gynecologist to schedule a mammogram? Did the color of your bra make you more aware? Did it focus your attention? At all?
A stop sign raises awareness too. It proclaims boldly, in red, that you'd better pay attention Sweetie. There's something coming at you from any given direction that can kill you if you don't stop here and focus a bit on your situation.
You wouldn't blow through a stop sign with a smug nod and a joke about a fake pregnancy. You don't creep into a busy intersection displaying your bra color or talking about hooking your bag on the banister. You stop. You focus.
Do you realize how ineffective it is for me to tell you about my brassiere? Does the fact that its blue today make you stop in your tracks and look in every direction because there is this thing called breast cancer and it may very well be coming at you from any direction and it can kill you so you should stop and focus. Be aware. My brassiere doesn't make you aware.
Well here's the stop sign ladies.
Go ahead and play the game.
But make sure you focus on the point.
Once you see what is possible, what could happen, even if only for an instant, you can't not see it anymore. Ever. It is sharply in focus. It doesn't have to stay your focus. But you can never not know. My acidity with regard to this subject is not necessarily shared by my sister and co-contributor of this blog. But that's what last week's post was about.