Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Are you a news junkie?
I have never been the type.
I don't have a newspaper subscription (does anybody anymore?) and I never turn the TV to a news station. I suppose I could read the news online if I wanted to. But I don't. I never do.
Part of me thinks this is because 9 out of 10 times, the news is pretty rotten. When was the last time you opened your newspaper and read anything positive or uplifting? Were you motivated? Inspired? Or did you just flip through one depressing headline after the next? I think I've come to always expect bad news, so subconsciously (or maybe consciously, who knows?) I just choose to avoid it.
Part of me, though, wonders if this disconnection is a bad thing. A selfish thing. A naïve thing.
For instance, I only heard about the tornados in Oklahoma because someone happened to mention something about it on Facebook. Is that shameful or what? Lately I've been realizing how little I actually know about what's going on in the world right now - the good or the bad - and for that, I feel pretty guilty. If I'm not paying attention to anything "out there", what is all my attention being focused on?
I'll tell you!
It's on me. Me me me me me.
My life - all my little responsibilities and problems and joys and worries. My routine.
I hate that word - routine. But how can you avoid it? It's so easy to fall into one. We all do.
We wake up. Go through the motions. We're out the door. We go to work, we go to school. Attend meetings. Attend classes. Clock in, clock out. Take the bus. Sit in traffic. Kick off our shoes. And most likely, continue working. Clean this. Wash that. Finish this. Prepare for that. Add to the To-Do list. Run that errand. Return those calls (or not). Barely remember to shower. Go to bed. Repeat.
I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty easy to get so caught up in your own life that you forget the fact that there's a whole world out there. A world outside your conference call, your final exam, your dinner plans. A world with people facing bigger problems than having to sit at a long red light or work on a Saturday night. A world much much bigger than your little world. My little (teeny tiny) world.
I know that I am more guilty of this than most. It's (too) easy (for me) to be selfish. It's easy for me to get absorbed in all my "things" and tune everything else out. And I don't think my solution is to start reading the news every day. But I always find myself humbled when I am reminded that there is life beyond my own little bubble. Whether it's reading the news or joining a club or just being brave enough to speak up in class - these are the connections that are so important and provide such valuable perspective. It's like coming up for fresh air. Do you know what I mean?
I am only one person.