As a journalism major that always has my head in a newspaper, it’s easy for me to become extremely world weary. With seemingly nothing but shootings, natural disasters, ISIS, and politicians trying to strip me of my rights, it’s easy to get down about everything I read in my paper of choice, The New York Times. But it doesn’t matter where you get your news. Whether it be NBC, Twitter, or Facebook, there is no shortage of “bad news” in circulation.
Now, what exactly is world weariness? It’s becoming tired of life and the events of the world, often with a jaded or negative attitude. It’s the wearing down of your belief in the good in people. It’s the extreme sadness and disgust you feel when you read about anti-discrimination laws that protect people of the LGBT community getting repealed. It’s the feeling of hopelessness when you hear about conservative lawmakers trying to take away your right to your own reproductive functions.
All of these things and more can take their toll on a person who believes in equality and human rights. At times, I’m disgusted by our country and with the way things are going. I’ve become a cynic, I’ll admit. I know there is still good in the world, and that there are people dedicating their lives to fight against it. But it’s so hard to see this good side when it’s not getting nearly the amount of coverage that the negative is receiving.
I’ve discovered that in order to keep my sanity, and not fall into a deep depression, I have to take a break from the news every once in awhile. Powering down just for a day or two can really make a difference. Call it a “nap” if you will. But if you’re anything like me, you need to take a step back from it all. Read an uplifting book, watch a funny show, or research the good that many organizations around the world are doing.
In this day, with bad news screaming in your face for attention, it seems it’s up to us to look for the good. But once you start, it’s easy to find. Don’t get discouraged.