I am a worrier. Always have been. Always will be. It’s my nature. I take things seriously. I don’t want to fail. So I worry. It’s just the way it goes.
My new worry is that the rest of you are not worrying enough. I mean come on people, I can’t be worrying for all of us. You guys need to pick up the slack. So me being me, I’m going to give you a few things to worry about in list format…’cause I’m cool like that.
Top 5 Things to Worry About
- The Japan-EU Trade Deal. The big thing to worry about here is the fact that the US is not part of the deal. I know a lot of people are saying “so what, let them free trade themselves till they can’t walk straight”, but it’s kinda disturbing that the US is not involved in global trade. Wait, maybe what’s even more concerning is the fact that global trade is happening without us. We weren’t invited because we are the sulking child in the corner who doesn’t share. And we’re now alone and no one is paying attention to us. It’s hard to make a difference on the world stage when no one cares what we’re doing.
- Congress is crazy. I know, politics is frustrating and while it is cause for worry, maybe it’s just been a worry for so long that it’s simply not worth worrying about any more. But the way our members of congress behave is cause for worry. They set the tone of what we all feel is semi-rational behavior. The shit they are pulling these days is really boggling my mind. From their lack of empathy for the rest of us to the contempt they show for their colleagues and the raw, selfish behavior, it’s making me worry. I didn’t send these people to Washington for them to ignore me. And I didn’t send them there to have one more thing to worry about.
- Addiction is out of control. We all have faced demons of addiction in one form or another, but today’s Opioid addiction is seriously out of control. It is as if there is a new social class in our communities: the addict. I’m showing my age here but remember the movie “The Breakfast Club” (yeah GOAT, I know). But you had the prep, the jock, the princess and the outcast. Add one more: the addict. It’s as if, and call me naïve because I’m just seeing this now, being an addict is a lifestyle. I hate it. I hate what it has done to people. I hate that I’ve sat with a mom at 1:00 a.m. while her son lie dead in his room from an overdose. And I worry for these people. What will happen to them, their children and our community? I can’t even fathom. I can only worry.
- There are no last frontiers. The world does not come together any more for a common cause. We’ve had our moon landing. We’ve found the Titantic and maybe Amelia Earhart. But what’s next? When are we going to cure cancer? Stop world hunger? As a global community, we have no more common causes. We’re not looking for the next big thing unless that thing is only for us. We’ve become selfish and self-absorbed and unwilling to come together for the good of all. We need to band together, all of us, and step up. We’ve slacked and become withdrawn. We’ve stopped supporting each other.
- There is no empathy in the world. This ties into the above, but there is seriously no one out there caring about their fellow man. Like, where are the people feeding and clothing those who need it? I know, I know, they are out there. But why aren’t we talking about them? Why are we in such a “ME” mindset that we look down upon not only those in need, but those helping them? When did charity and good deeds fall out of fashion and scorn and hate take its place? Why is it ok to look upon someone with less than us and ridicule them? Why is it okay to say that those addicted or on public assistance or without health care are just getting what they deserve? I don’t want to let nature take its course and weed out the “undesirables”. I want to give everyone a chance or two. I want to see a recovering addict stand before an auditorium and tell his or her story. Or the single mom who got government benefits and now is gainfully employed. I want to see people succeed, not be left to die. I want social conscious, empathy and a want to make things better for all.
Phew, I don’t know about you, but I could use a nap after all that. And I hope that I nap long enough to miss all the name calling I could potentially receive for putting my thoughts out here. I know I sound like what a lot of people are saying is clearly a lunatic. But I’m not. I am a person with a social conscious who does not want to toss away human beings because they are not the same as me. And I want you to look at the person, not the addiction, affliction or bank balance and see the person. Whether it’s someone in your hometown or someone across a border or an ocean, we have to realize that people matter.