To paraphrase someone very clever: everything will be alright in the end but if it all feels like rubbish then we probably haven’t got to the end yet. It’s been a rather difficult time of late. However, in spite of what conclusions you might have erroneously arrived at, we haven’t arrived at the apocalypse scenario just yet. Let’s invest in a little bit of positivity and count up a few reasons to be grateful.
The plague has not descended. Not to make light of the Zika virus or anything (it has to be something of a nightmare scenario to be confronted with something like that when you’re pregnant) but in the olden days disease would run rampant and slice its way through great swathes of the population. The worst we have nowadays (well, not the worst but it’s something that pisses me off so it’s basically the same thing) is know it all parents who refuse to vaccinate their little ones because of absolutely no good reason anyone can tell.
The emancipation of women, rolling out of equal marriage rights in various areas around the globe, new scientific developments in increasingly interesting areas, entertaining television (don’t get sad about Bake Off, get involved in Westworld theorising) and much more. People can be a lot nicer than we’re prepared to believe, the internet would be more than happy to furnish you with myriad examples of policemen kindly helping children find their parents, people leaving hopeful messages or gifts of money or folk just believing that they can make the world a better place.
But all of that’s not to say that we ought to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that it’s all just fine and dandy. People are going to have a tough time, they may already be going through it and you can’t (me included) just sit around and feel sorry about it. Find some causes to donate to, stand up for someone who needs a defender or simply remind yourself that this isn’t normal (suppression of the press, infiltration of obscene ideas, removal of hard won rights). Have hope, but don’t be a sap about it.
Song choices courtesy of: Frank Turner, The Goo Goo Dolls, Journey and Donna Lynne Champlin