Being a grown-up sucks. I am convinced it is especially hard right now.
I remember when I was guaranteed a raise of 5% each year, or it was pretty much expected that I’d be moving on to another company. So it’s fair to say we are living in tough times financially.
I remember when there were no scanners at the doors of government buildings. Or security passes needed to get into work. So it’s fair to say we are living in more fearful times.
As I watched the memorial for the victims in Tucson, I was reminded of the shootings that took place in the Washington DC area in 2002. The nonsense of it all was confusing. The closeness of it was frightening. The way that so many of us found that “it could have been me” brought our communities together. I felt that same close fear again as I heard that Representative Giffords was married the same year I was.
Episodes like this really put daily hardships into perspective, don’t they?
Just because we are living in a more challenging world, there’s no reason we can’t focus on living the best life we can, where we are, with what we have. We have to cling to the up side of the bad news. When it seems like we don’t have any good news, we have to be happy for other people. It isn’t easy, but we must pull through the cloudy days.
On the positive side, I am glad for Tuscon that their violence has ended, and that many of the victims will survive. There are so many people praying for them, sending hope and love their way, including me. It is energizing to hear of the heroism that was revealed in regular people that day, and to hear of the wonderful people that were lost that day. Although they will be missed, they were a gift to those who knew them.