With all that’s going on in the world, it would be easy to be intimidated by the headlines of boom, doom, and gloom. That the economy is going to collapse, that terrorists are on the prowl, and criminals are running rampant.
Although this may be true to some degree, are we really going to let these stories stop us from living our lives? Is it so dangerous out there that we must stop what we’re doing and shut ourselves in our homes?
Living in this constant state of fear is unhealthy and rather ridiculous. What we should do instead is control what we can and come to term with things that we cannot.
Otherwise, we would live a life of constant paranoia and that my friend, is no way to live. Being afraid, sheltered, and quiet is not a life at all, but a mental jail sentence enforced by the media and major news outlets.
I’m not saying to ignore the fact that bad stuff happens to good people, I’m saying that focusing on it doesn’t benefit anyone and it compromises our happiness.
Yes, there will be crime, there will be natural disasters, and there will be corrupt politicians. But there’s no use in wrapping ourselves around these issues that we have no influence over.
Instead, we should channel our energy to focus on the circumstances that we can directly impact. Let’s choose to take deliberate action rather than passively watch life go by.
For instance, the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. An easily avoidable complication that can be fixed by simply passing on dessert, quitting smoking, or exercising regularly.
In 2016 alone there was a total of 614,348 deaths associated with heart disease which accounted for 23 percent of all deaths in the United States. Nearly a quarter of all the deaths were completely within our scope of influence, yet we did little to prevent it.
Instead, we choose to focus on things like politics, terrorism, and random acts of violence which we have little control over.
For example, according to globalresearch.ca, we are 35,079 times more likely to die from a stroke than a terrorist attack. So statistically speaking your real enemy is a cheeseburger and fries.
This just goes to show that we are the sole controllers of our destiny and the navigators that guide the direction of our lives.
But that’s human nature for you. Instead of taking ownership for our choices we’d rather blame everything else.
We all do it, and I’m as guilty as the next person, but together we can make positive change by actively focusing on things we can dictate rather than letting life dictate us.
We must realize that any and all change starts with ourselves and moves outwards to our community, cities, and government.
Let’s take a stand against fear, anxiety, and terror by living in a bold and audacious manner. To do anything less would be a disservice to oneself.
Collectively we can make a change, but we must first be willing to change ourselves.