Sometimes it’s easy to lose hope

3 ways to fight to keep it.

Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog

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Photo by Faris Mohamed on Unsplash.

Our world fights against hope and positivity. The news is negative, social media is just the highlights from angry people, the world is burning up, corporations are evil, politicians are corrupt, the pandemic won’t end, and families are falling apart.

There’s a lot of money in keeping us upset. The news, social media outlets, cable networks that need the news to survive, social justice performers like Bo Burnham, self help writers and creators, and even a lot of the influencers we feel like we know. Their profit is directly correlated with our frustration and unhappiness.

If we’re happy, we don’t need self help. We don’t need to stay as up to date on the news. We don’t need to watch influencers all the time to escape. We don’t need to escape.

It’s been a tough week for me. My work is in a transitional space, and I’m struggling to find how to ramp and contribute at the same time. I’m not sleeping enough, and I’m dehydrated. On top of that, there’s a lot of smoke in my valley. Our AQI was 168 last night when I went to bed, and I haven’t checked it this morning yet.

It’s easy to lose hope in life. There are a million factors keeping all of us down, but we need to keep hope.

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Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog

Consistent writer since a few weeks ago. Not all published stories are good ones, but that’s getting better. In some cool pubs, too.