I caught this while crossing the street in front city hall in Philadelphia a couple of days ago. While messing around with the saturation levels of the background in Ye Olde Photoshoppe, my brain started to do that thing which seems very hard NOT to do these days, which is flood itself with a images of how horrifying the world is at the moment. Not only is there a seemingly endless conveyor belt of atrocities, but the the Internet itself trades largely in an economy of fear, outrage and negativity that keep us trapped in a swirl of hopelessness and "why the fuck bother". Not that terrible things shouldn't be talked about...of course they should! That's how we bring about change. But I think it's also important not to get smooshed into a bleak stratum where that's ALL we see--once we do, it paints the background of what becomes a deeply onerous reality. If at all possible, don't let tragedy define you or become your comfort zone. If you do, you'll start to seek it out in a fucked up self-fulfilling prophecy. That's one limited interpretation of our existential soup but there are others. There is also beauty in the world, and humans doing selfless, positive things for other humans. Look for it. There are nuggets of goodness that we can snatch up and squirrel away in our gut, and if we collect enough we MIGHT have a little pile of warmth and hope to access when all external signs would indicate the contrary. Locating little bits of joy here and there takes a work, and harvesting happiness can feel like a chore but it's not only worth it--it's necessary for survival. For all the shit there is shine. If you scan for it and find a way to focus on it, I recommend it. You should be happy. You DESERVE to be happy. Be kind to others and equally as capital, be kind to yourself. I realize there are things that can happen that are so unspeakable that you might fire back with a "yeah FUCK YOU and this Pollyanna garbage talk". And maybe you're right? I dunno. I hope not. But as someone who has spent a lifetime parrying anxiety in an era that preys on it, I find it helpful. Probably silly on my part but that's how I feels! I hope you find joy today.
TL;DR not everything sucks