On a more serious note…
This morning, an old friend from high school posted the sentiment below, and it really resonated with me. Anyone else feel this way?
“There is so much to feel about right now. Gaza. Syria. Iraq. Robin Williams. Michael Brown. The war against women. The war against black men. I can’t listen to the news or read my facebook feed without tears coming to my eyes… I feel so much all the time.”
Feeling so much all the time seems to sum it up pretty well. I’ve been feeling a lot lately, which can sometimes be a dangerous thing. Perhaps it’s the scientist in me, but I’m the kind of person that’s drawn to analysis and logic, research and discourse. But on the flip side, I also tend to be quite empathetic, and well, soft. Which, for some reason, has made the last few weeks of news harder to handle than usual. Personally, it’s been a rough couple of days with an ailing family member and the death of a close friend’s father. Still, there are many bad things that happen in the world (and our own backyards) all of the time, so it’s strange when these types of feelings hit you at one particular time.
It’s also a weird position to be in when you’re generally a happy and positive person. For one thing, people grow to expect it from you all the time, but also, there is a guilt for doing and sharing fun things when so many people aren’t in that place. How do we strike the balance between being grateful and joyous, while being fully aware of what’s going on in the world around us?