It's OK to take a break
A disconcerting way to wake, to find everything
in place. The world goes on without my faith in anything ...
—The Gloria Record
After reading that President Bush was nominated
for the Nobel Peace Prize last week, I knew I needed to take a much-needed
from the world. I felt my blood warming,
my stomach turning and my general contentedness with life taking a slow
Similar feelings are achieved upon reading
about domestic politics, the Middle East conflict, our blind "war on terrorism,"
Yates case and countless other newsworthy
I've always considered myself a very peaceful,
dreamer type. I try not to get worked up and angry about current events,
but since Sept.
11, the blitz of news has been too much.
One can only roll with the punches and keep reading about depressing news
for so long
before collapsing with apathy.
My collapse occurred last week; I knew
I couldn't write my typical assault of a column. I'm just so sick of feeling
angry all the time.
I'm wondering if any of you are sick of
it all, too. Do any of you feel nauseated when you read about Israeli children
dying of shrapnel
wounds outside of shopping malls?
Do any of you feel depressed when you read
about President Bush boasting about his plan to rape the Arctic Wildlife
Refuge for a
paltry 180-day supply of oil?
Sometimes it's all just too much, and one
cannot garner the energy to fight or disagree anymore. How do we pick ourselves
and time again?
For starters, I decided not to read the
news this week. Of course, I kept up with the big things, but I didn't
do my ritual all-day combing of
every news Web site I know. Before I knew
it, I wasn't angry and thinking about the dead innocent Afghan children
that I have no
control over, but my plans to go to a
bar later that evening instead.
I wouldn't walk away from my computer in
a foul mood anymore. I would just chat with friends or read about the weather
Granted, we cannot live with our heads
in the sand. Keeping aware of the news is essential, but letting the media's
spin on the world
embed itself into your psyche is another.
We can only go to bars and read about overtime games and cold fronts for
so long before
another Sept. 11 shakes us to our foundations
and we find ourselves emotionally unstable again.
But there are ways to avoid the overwhelming
negativity that accompanies each day: Think of one thing you do like about
the world for
every time you hear about something you
don't like. It sounds cookie-cutter as hell, but there has to be something
you do like about the
Listen to music — good or bad. For example,
the Toto song "Africa" was my soundtrack for the past seven sentences.
Who can really
sulk while listening to that song? It's
so bad it's good.
So take a deep breath and rest assured
— today I don't complain, and today you don't read about it.