5 Minute Freewrite: More Conflict

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https://peakd.com/hive-161155/@mariannewest/day-1500-5-minute-freewrite-monday-prompt-more-conflict

More Conflict

I don't know what I want to go for here. Conflict within family is the first thing that comes to mind, in my case, conflict of the past between my brother and sister-in-law and other family members. But what it really makes me think of is how I avoid conflict. I've avoided reaching out to them because I don't want to be in the situation of having conflict with them, which is almost inevitable. They are the ones in my family who are probably not vaccinated, who are anti-masks, who are very conservative Christians, who think being gay is a sin, who think feminism is a dirty word, who basically are exactly the people I don't want to be around. I dunno. My brother is not so vocal about it all, but I think he agrees with my sister-in-law. I feel like everything they believe in or what they think is abhorrent is the opposite of how I feel and think about the world. I don't know when my sister-in-law unfriended and blocked me on Facebook, but I think it was around the time I was posting things in support of trans rights and in opposition to J.K. Rowling's terfiness. We hadn't even hit covid and my support of masks!

That's time, but I feel like I want to say more? Just...what is one's obligation to family, and to trying to keep lines of communication open? It's not like I had any major falling out with my brother and sister-in-law. It's just, I stopped reaching out. And they don't reach out. It that ok? Am I obligated to do more? I don't think so, and I don't want to be around them, and they live in another state anyway. So, it just is how it is. But sometimes it still makes me a little sad.



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Add to that that when your niece came out to them, they ostracized her until she went back into the closet.

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