While I haven't totally made the move I got one step closer to leaving the group I navigated for so long. I went "no mail". That means I no longer get the groups postings. There was a message that really ticked me and it was enough to prompt me to do what I've known I needed to do for awhile. I just needed the motivation.
I don't know why I feel the need to approach this decision as a process...first this step, then this step. It's stupid, I know. It just goes back to that whole I-don't-like-change thing. I feel like going "no mail" will get me used to not being a part of the group. Then once I feel detached enough it will be natural and yet purely administrative to hit the "unsubscribe" button. Making waaaaay to much of this? You bet.
This is a good change though. I need to build more real life relationships and need to build them with people who have similar values. It's not being elitist (hardly! it's not like I'm even in a position to be all exclusionary), but about limiting the type of exposure my kids have to people with vastly differing views. Don't get me wrong, I don't want them to live in a bubble, (and really how can they with Papa's line of work?) but they're still young. Right now it's too confusing and they're not yet equipped enough to discern for themselves.