Imagine an ostrich how we think that they hide from predators with their heads in the ground.
Coming to find out that they usually crouch to camouflage with nature.
With that in mind, for the benefit of my mental health and all of the current anxiety-inducing subjects. Subjects that are anxiety and depression triggers are the loud conflicts of mask-wearing, pandemic facts versus opinions perceived as fact, election fact vs. fiction, politicians, race, right to protest versus rioting, etc. I will continue to imitate an ostrich’s nature to camouflage myself from being part of the conflicts to protect my mental health.
I have touched base on this through past blogs, but as the weeks and months keep pushing on the fractured world we live. The most recent is the latest Political and Black Lives Matter ads. As a white person who strives not to see race, religion, color, or lifestyle choice, instead, treat the individual’s actions. Since the end of May, I have struggled with the media telling me I am a horrible person because I am white; therefore, I’m privileged.
I struggle because judgments are made on many society segments, many based on economics; unfortunately, color is just more visual of a presentation. Still, clothes and street addresses also impact people’s impressions of who you are that may not be factual.
When I see ethnic and black people succeeding in life around me, additionally, the opposite end of the spectrum is those of all social, political, and racial range rioting, not just blacks. We are a country of many options again; we need to find workable solutions for all, not just the loudest or violent voice.
Yes, I am blessed if I did not have anxiety. I do not have to worry about being stopped by the police just because of my skin color. Of course, I still worry about being stopped with fear due to thoughts like did I stop slow enough, stay long enough at the stop sign, and any other illogical thoughts like that. A person of color has many more views, at least from what I understand of different articles and YouTube videos. Another example is people calling the police because they are just there or in Trayvon Martin’s situation just because he was walking home. What keeps running through my mind is that the financial aspect keeps a large portion of our society down. Yes, color is a part of it, but educating the diversity of learning styles. It is what we should concentrate on; as a society, determine how to inform the different learning styles equally. For me, equal education is to bring back apprenticeships, skills testing in junior high and again yearly in high school, and counseling for all, not just those perceived as having problems. Another aspect is to support those equally that are not college-bound and assist with finding training programs for their skill interests. Also, arrange for junior and senior high school students to shadow their perceived career choice, so they genuinely see in a one week to one month time the nitty-gritty of working the field they say they want.
Allowing all to make a personal choice to succeed at what they are comfortable working. We all have different career/work goals. A career to find internal success. After many years of pain, I have accepted that even though it is not acceptable to the world, I am happiest as a retail person. I have emotionally fought against striving for the world image of achieving an office job. Truly happiest helping others and being on my feet and moving around in a supermarket, mall, or restaurant setting. Twenty plus years of putting myself down that I was not a success by not scribing a ‘career.’ When I had one, it just did not look like one accepted by a large percentage of society.
Earlier I did mention finances. I do not feel that increasing the minimum wage is the way to go but looking at corporate waste and determining why our prices of goods are so high. Another aspect is teaching realistic budgeting in the classroom and teaching want versus need and how to achieve that within a budget, not instant purchasing. Where does this leave me with planning to imitate an ostrich?
With that mentioned, I want to be aware of the world’s topics around me for my mental health and work on watching some real news. Local, national, and international in small doses and ones that strive to be neutral in presentation (Yes, you may laugh at me.). Currently, finding a smattering of channels will allow me to hear or read the basics of what is going on. It is difficult to find media outlets that concentrate on equal reporting, not bipartisan reporting, that is a large portion of reporting. Another is just trying to find peace with much of what is causing chaos and immature reactions. Just again, trying to find a balance of what is informative but not too harmful and emotionally destructive to my anxiety and depression.
May this find everyone well. I just wanted to show that you may not be alone being overwhelmed with our current world topics. Stay safe in this time of change. I strive to live with the understanding that life is not returning as we are familiar. Accepting and determining how to live in this new era will see us succeed in accepting our unique experience.
I came across this TED Talks by Chris Coward Interesting piece about misinformation and our responsibility to listen or forward information. Found this helpful.
Channels I have been watching and some of their most recent uploads
CBS This Morning – Media mogul Tyler Perry on “Camp Quarantine” production and helping others – I enjoy watching these for showing that okay we have a problem, let us find a workaround.
BBC News – All children back in school by September in England pledges government – Watch BBC, I understand due to language also it is interesting to see how another country sees how they are handling the situation taking place. They are also just as confused as the US, but they presented differently and decreased negativity and finger-pointing.
News 5 Cleveland – Summit County Public Health strongly recommends K-12 schools reopen with remote learning – Usually, News 5 Cleveland due most times shows the information with a limit on the negative finger-pointing and often presents the facts with specialists giving the information.
The Ohio Channel – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine – COVID-19 Update / August 13, 2020 – when possible, I try to watch this to get the basics of information from the Governor to know what is sent out to our local policyholders and decision-makers.
Side note, as you can tell by some of the dates, I have been struggling with whether to put this one up. Essential that it is okay to find a comfort zone living in this changing new world. I feel we will not be fully returning to what was.