It doesn’t matter which way one turns right now, political news is everywhere. It’s in the news, on social media, on television and is beginning to feel a little bit “in your face.”
Partly that’s because there is political party leadership campaigns taking place in Alberta, and the world can’t seem to get their eyes off a certain leader to the south. That situation is kind of like watching a train wreck.
We’re all for an engaged society. It’s important to have an interest in what’s going on politically so a person can make the most informed vote at the polls, but also even to ensure politicians stay on the straight and narrow.
Stay engaged, but may we suggest taking a little break from politics every now and then? How about starting this weekend, Feb. 17-20. It really is the perfect time.
Family Day is celebrated in Alberta Feb. 20. There’s no better time than now to engage with the people you love. One of the easiest ways is to connect with each other over an activity. In the past, the Government has made that easy on Monday, and the whole weekend, with free or reduced price admissions to numerous museums or cultural destinations.
Alberta’s Parks are a great way to re-discover a local area and often most of the activities are free. It’s a great year to see national parks and historic sites too, such as Waterton Lakes National Park, as with a Discovery Pass, there are no fees for entry as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. (Note, you need to apply for and receive that Discovery Pass in advance before heading out to the Parks).
To try something new, people could pick up a fishing rod. In Alberta, Family Fishing Weekends take place twice a year, one being Feb. 18-20. During this weekend no licence is required to fish on water bodies (but not in national parks).
While free, fishing regulations still apply.
Even just turning off those screens (and the constant stream of political diatribe that seems to go along with it right now, especially on social media) and getting outside as a family taking a walk is a great way to spend time together.
We’re already seven weeks into 2017 and likely the new year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside. How about resolving now, this Family Day long weekend — and for the next few months — to be cognizant of the need for taking a break and making time for one another. Make that time meaningful and not just about hitting like on a Facebook post.