As much anxiety as you want

by Randy Gingeleski

2 minutes to read

Please stop with absolute statements about how bad the past year or decade were.

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In the closeout of 2019, many outlets of online content have taken the opportunity to write retrospectives of the year or the decade.

I’m of the seemingly rare opinion that it was a great year, great decade, and we’re living in the best time to be alive.

You might not share my opinion — that’s okay. But neither side of the coin should be peddled off as absolute fact.

There’s no way it can be. It’s all relative.

So if I go to read a list of best non-fiction works of the decade (okay maybe this was doomed from the start because “best” non-fiction will be subjective too), I can do without this —

Friends, it’s true: the end of the decade approaches. It’s been a difficult, anxiety-provoking, morally compromised decade, but at least it’s been populated by some damn fine literature.

As I also can when Variety puts together a list of standout movies and recognizes 2016’s La La Land

The most joyful movie of the decade, and joy is not a quality we should take for granted (especially these days).

Your brain decides how good or bad things are, including any given period of time. In turn, you get as much (or as little) time-based anxiety as you want.

A personal example is that social media and “the news” used to make me a nervous wreck. Then I cut that stuff out of my life, for the most part, after failing to think up anything good they brought me.

That’s why your Twitter or Instagram message to me will go unanswered. Sorry. They’re now just parked pages, more or less.

We seem to project our own thoughts out onto the world. Just, before you do, remember that you might control whether you’re having a bad time. And not necessarily everyone is.

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