Tuesday, April 16, 2013
sometimes in real life.
Gosh darnit. I wanted a light and happy post. I really did. But my mind keeps wandering to Boston and I find myself checking my CNN app for any updates on victims. I've been thinking nonstop about the little boy who died and his mom who had to have brain surgery and his little sister who lost a leg and his father who was running in the marathon, probably exhausted but mostly feeling good and accomplished...about to face his worst nightmare. After a huge race like that, all you're thinking about is a giant bowl of spaghetti or a huge double cheeseburger. That's all you should have to think about. The whole thing is just senseless. And heartbreaking. And devastating. For God's sake, the children. Why are we losing so many innocent children to violence?
A few days ago, Husband e-mailed me this article titled News is Bad for You. It is such a great article and makes sense why we shouldn't always be bombarding ourselves with media stories. News stories, like the Boston marathon explosions, make us anxious and scared. We consider never running in a marathon again. We consider never going out in crowded places again. We find ourselves feeling passive, like our world is just out of control and we have no power over it. We panic. Of course, there are stories we relate to and we are drawn to seeing the heroes and helpers rise from the ashes of tragedy. I find myself glued to the big stories; 9/11, Sandy Hook, Columbine, and now Boston. But I often wonder if it is good for me to let myself become so consumed. We know it is not good for our children and we do our best to protect them from seeing images and hearing those stories. But is is good for adults to become so consumed with the news?
I have tried several times over the years to quit watching the news, but it has proved to be a difficult task. I do try not to read CNN before bedtime or watch the 11:00 news late at night, so I can actually fall asleep without the stress of the world on my mind and it does help me fall asleep faster. But news is everywhere these days; on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and it even breaks into regular tv programming if it is a big enough story. Media is absolutely everywhere at all times and it is here to stay. Not only is it difficult to take a break from the media, but it almost seems wrong to turn my back on these huge stories, like in Boston. If I turn the tv off, does that mean I am being ignorant? Shouldn't I know what is going on in our world today? Shouldn't I try my best to imagine what these people in the news are going through? Will it make them feel better that I was behind the screen feeling empathetic? Will it make me feel better? Will it make me feel better? So far it doesn't make me feel any better.
Are you a news junkie? Or do you tune it out? How do we strike a balance so that we are aware of current events, but not living in fear? I'd love to hear your thoughts!