When we all went into this thing in March, I tried to remain as favorable as possible. Rather of going out and about, I went on YouTube, and Instagram, and Periscope (through Twitter), and did an average of five online interviews a day for several weeks. You can speak to many times more individuals online than in individual, and those individuals can be from all over the world.
Thats the worst part of all of this: it keeps going and going, with no end in sight. Im going to take a time out on a couple of things for a while: keeping up with my email, many of my interviews, the majority of social media, and YouTube.
When we all went into this thing in March, I attempted to remain as favorable as possible. I still believe whatever I stated before, about how I desire to come out of this time much better than I was when it started, and so on.
Then the spring turned to summertime, and the summer to fall (at least in my part of the world). And nothing really improved! Rather the opposite, in truth.
Now were all setting low expectations for requirements of wellbeing. “Hope youre hanging in there” is the new “Hope youre succeeding.” And lets face it, lots of people arent doing well.
So, finally, Ive come to the point of feeling beat about the whole year– and I know its not simply me.
A Few Disclaimers
Lets get the required disclaimers out of the method. In terms of situations, I have it much better than the majority of people. My work doesnt require me to be in any particular location, and I dont have an employer to report to anyhow.
Still– as Ive said before, even if youre successful does not indicate you wont struggle. I offer this truth to you now. If you consider yourself relatively rich, at least compared to everyone whos lost their homes from wildfires this week or, lets be real, the one million people who have actually died from COVID-19, that doesnt indicate that your life is fantastic today.
In other words, even if you havent lost everything does not indicate you have to enjoy all the time. You deserve to feel unfortunate, dissuaded, distressed, or simply depressed.
In my case, I feel all of those things to some degree now. I released The Money Tree in April, the very same week that whatever went into lockdown. (Unfortunately, in the world of publishing you cant simply “push it back a month or two”– these things are planned far in advance.
I had to cancel every stop of my 40-city trip, which was especially sad since its been a very long time given that Ive done such a thing. I was truly looking forward to getting back on the road and conference readers.
Instead of going out and about, I went on YouTube, and Instagram, and Periscope (through Twitter), and did an average of 5 online interviews a day for numerous weeks. In my mind I was thinking, “Maybe this will be better than going to bookstores in various cities day after day.” After all, you can talk to often times more individuals online than face to face, and those individuals can be from all over the world.
Well, an interesting thing happened. Individuals were really excited to connect, even without much of a subject or lesson.
Then, over time, the numbers went down, the engagement decreased. People stopped caring as much, and I cant actually blame them. Once again, everybody is struggling.
In the end, it wasnt unbelievable, it wasnt awful, it was simply … fine. Which is how I feel about a lot of things these days.
Because there is no answer to all of this, I think the coronavirus live-stream hopping effect came about. Everyone simply hops around, searching for neighborhood and connection. And when they dont discover “the response,” they move on to something else.
The Constant Barrage of Bad News.
Thats the worst part of all of this: it keeps going and going, with no end in sight. You thought COVID was getting much better? Well, possibly in some locations it is, but in other places its even worse. Its like a computer game boss who keeps returning after you eliminate him.
Include on top of that whatever else: more police cruelty with little accountability, groups that hand down conspiracy theories about Bill Gates kidnapping kids, the 42% of individuals who will vote to reelect the president this fall even if he really does shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, and so on.
Oh, and I didnt indicate to bury the lede: over the past week the west coast (pretty much all of it!) has actually been on fire. Portland, Oregon had the worst air quality in the world, consisting of every city in India and China.
All we need now is an asteroid to strike the earth … but wait, it looks like thats happening too, literally the day before the U.S. election.
So yeah– 2020 sucks! Thats all there is to it. I still wish to come out of it much better than I was in February, however the odds arent fantastic at the minute.
Of course, let me be clear: if youre having a banner year, helpful for you. Im not sad about somebody else being delighted.
If youre struggling this year, nevertheless, understand that you become part of an extremely big club. None of us wish to remain in this club, however here we are.
Every day brings more frustrating news of one kind or another. We arent sure whats coming next. Of course we sustain, since life is still excellent even when it doesnt seem that method.
Im going to take a time out on a few things for a while: keeping up with my email, many of my interviews, most social media, and YouTube. I will not stop doing everything, of course, and hopefully I will not stop for long.
I motivate you to do whatever you need to care for yourself throughout this time. Simply hang in there, due to the fact that this too shall pass– ultimately.
Images: Edwin Hooper, Cagle Cartoons.
Tags: 2020, stress and anxiety, depression, life, pandemic.
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