How Much ‘Breaking News’ Is Too Much For One Day? A Letter To 2020
Let's face it. We are all exhausted.
2020 has taken a toll on everyone and it's all mostly because of COVID-19.
I think it's important that we remind ourselves one simple thing. NO ONE WANTED A GLOBAL PANDEMIC THIS YEAR!
If you polled 100 random people, I can safely guarantee that all of them would say they never expected or wanted a global pandemic to be the center of our universe this year. We all had plans that got a massive wrench thrown into them and it has not been fun.
Through all of the doom and gloom, this year has brought along some good. The fight for equality and against racism in America is as alive and well as it has ever been. I really believe that this is a pivotal time in our country and that we may finally be headed in the right direction. America will be a better place in the future because of what happened in 2020, I have no doubts about that.
Things happen everyday, just like they always have. Good things happen and so do bad things. But some days, I just feel like there is an overload of 'Breaking News'.
Now don't get me wrong, 'breaking news' is important. We are so much more informed of what is going on in the world now than we have ever been. I believe that our immediate access to information is a net-positive, but it does have its downsides.
Just today, things like Joe Biden announcing Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election and the BIG10 Conference postponing college football are both important news for people in America. Whether it is news on the upcoming election or on if sports will be played by college athletes or not, this information means a lot to many different people for many different reasons.
But man... sometimes I just want a day where NOTHING HAPPENS!
Yep. That's right. A day where everyone wakes up, goes to work, goes home, eats a good dinner, and goes to bed. Nothing special. No breaking news. Just as bland of a day as humanly possible.
Those days seem few and far between at this point, as something important happens in the world every single day. We can't stop things from happening and I believe it is a part of being human to have an internal desire to stay informed on what is going on. No one likes to be out of the loop, especially me.
As we all take in 'breaking news' every day, I think we should remind ourselves that we are in a truly unique situation with COVID-19. No one wants to have to deal with this. No one wants to be out of work. No one wants to have to wear a mask everywhere they go. We are all in the same boat!
So once you have that processed, think about what you can do to help make someone's day a little better. Myself, I try to make an effort to be as pleasant and thankful as I possibly can. Good vibes really do travel, so I am always doing my best to not be a downer and remind myself that others definitely have it much worse than I do.
We can't control everything that happens in the world and in this day and age, it's almost impossible to avoid 'breaking news'. With that being said, I think we should put a cap on how much 'breaking news' can happen in one day. Like, maybe only three BIG things can happen a day. After that, just push it to tomorrow and we can worry about it then. This is obviously impossible, and a joke, but wouldn't it be nice?
The physical, mental, emotional, and financial toll that 2020 has taken on all of us was completely unexpected and unwanted. Remind yourself of that as your proceed through your daily life, as your little actions throughout the day can have a major impact on those you come into contact with.
These are simply some of my thoughts as I traverse through life in 2020. Just let 2021 know that WE HAVE BEEN THRU IT... so take it easy, if you don't mind.