2017 is a mess.
There, I said it. Let’s get it out of the way quickly. So many of us are stressed and overwhelmed and terrified and tired of all the events of the world. What can we do? How can we keep our sanity, our friends, and our bearings?
1. Be Informed
I know, I know. There’s so much information and it seems that all of it is bad. What’s a poised girl to do? Well, she doesn’t bury her head in the sand. Not permanently anyway. A poised girl is invested in the world she lives in and therefore must be informed. An important part of that is getting information from multiple sources. Now, more than ever, it’s becoming difficult to tell what’s truth and what’s a distorted retelling of events. Find reputable sources that you can trust on both sides of an issue. Read, listen, discuss, and then make your own conclusions. Just as a poised girl doens’t run from current events, she doesn’t let someone else dictate her opinion.
2. Be Patient
There are some people in your life or your Twitter feed that have been discussing nothing but politics and news since December. Other people have blatantly refused to discuss anything political or news-related. We must be understanding of both. While it can be hard to understand why someone isn’t totally outraged about the events of the day or why someone is so outraged that they can’t focus on anything else; it’s important to understand that everyone processes differently. Everyone is doing what they think is best and necessary. It’s up to us to be patient and not complain about someone’s Twitter feed not being what we want.
3. Be You
Now, more than ever, it’s vital to remember who you are as a whole person and not just in relation to the current state of the world. Find ways to connect with your whole self, and not just someone constantly engaging/constantly avoiding. If you’re drowning in a sea of stress and information; remember that you also love fashion or sports and take an hour to recharge by seeing what someone wore at their latest event or what’s happening on Trade Day. If you’re someone who used to love watching the news but you’re avoiding it now; remember that you like being informed and find a few minutes a day to take in a little bit more than you did yesterday. You are a lovely, complex individual and you shouldn’t forget to feed all the parts of your soul.
We may not know what the future holds, but I trust that we can go boldly into it with poise, grace, and compassion.