Out for positive change means tuning out. I do believe the world has gone mad. Weather changes? Diet? Secret alien infiltration? What is going on?
Obsessed with keeping up with the news several times a day less, FOMO (fear of missing out) is real. Disregarding the art of sensationalism the media is so great at, I am entertained – annoyed – angered – and left sometimes feeling empty. I have ignored that what goes in – comes out. In favor of herd mentality and being in the “know” I lost myself. Watching as news anchors struggle against extreme weather conditions, only to see in the same frame – people casually strolling by. Oh, the art of deception!
From photo to video manipulation – what is real? How do you know? People have skills don’t they? Everything can seem so real.
I deleted FB several months ago for positive change (this was originally published in October 31, 2020). First I deleted my friend’s list so I would have no reason to log back on. Then, FOMO sinks in. I log on to see “news” or read opinions. That to me was staying abreast of what is going on in the world.
I once again delete FB. Everyone’s opinions are so hostile and belittling, even well known outlets have discontinued the ability for readers to respond to articles. People’s opinions have seemed to transpire to personal attacks. They offer nothing beneficial in the way of self-improvement. This leads me to believe that as a society – someone has flushed.
I recall way back when – I was a gym rat. This particular personal trainer said, “I don’t read the news. It is negative.” This was (ouch) 32 years ago. Face it, the world has been ending forever. It is still a good idea to stay connected and abreast of news – but to be very conscience of what the intake is. We have to be “awake” to what we allow in, is in.
To be the change I want to see in the world, I am going to have to tune out. I am out for positive change.
Pushing myself to not read any news for a month; starting July 1st, I am creating positive boundaries. Increasing my book reading, listening to audio books and generally working on my own life and goals – is a start. I won’t keep up with others in favor of learning where I truly can make a difference in the world.
Good old fashioned mask to mask beating the pavement or online research. I may not be totally off grid, but I will be my own moderator.
There is a sense of aloneness in going against the herd and shutting off the noise. At the same time, I have never felt so alive with a blank canvas to fill any way I please.
I am out for positive change.