Part of WordPress’s writing course Finding Everyday Inspiration.
I’m so inspired! I mean, I’m not inspired at all, therefore I asked actually inspired people for inspiration what to write about. This, and also because I was prompted to do so by the writing challenge that we The Tribe (you know who you are!) are plodding through now.
Lynn proposed. I mean, she didn’t propose to me but she proposed that I write about something I don’t do and why I don’t do it. Lynn didn’t know that she shouldn’t feed animals because they may bite. That’s a far-fetched metaphor meaning that Lynn’s suggestion feeds my innate negativity and the result may be a biting post.
You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.
—Sylvia Plath, from “Daddy”
I don’t do any number of things. One wonders what I even do when I don’t do anything. Well, I mostly work. When I don’t work, then I’m thinking of work and feeling guilty that I’m not working (it’s happening right now). On an unrelated note, my one-year anniversary since my holiday in the psych ward is approaching and I bloody wish I had the time and means to go for a second round.
On a note related to this post’s title, I don’t watch the news. (That’s STD, I mean, STO, meaning Stating The Obvious, since I already said that in the post title). As to why I don’t watch the news, it’s mainly to protect any residual remainders of sanity I still might possess.
People often wonder why I don’t watch the news. I wonder why anyone would watch the news. I’m very stubborn-headed in not doing something only because other people do it. That’s not a legit reason to me. Even if most people do something, they might be wrong, or they might be right, but it might still not be the right thing to do for me.
A common argument for watching the news is to stay informed about the world. That sounds like a nice idea, but why exactly should I stay informed about the world? When I don’t close my eyes fast enough and a bit of news pops in my face, it’s mostly political intrigue, mass murder and natural disaster.
How exactly does knowing where the last terrorist attack happened broaden my horizons? Sure, it is a tragedy, but that’s sort of STO again, stating the obvious. What can I do in the light of this news? Tell me because I have seriously no idea. I don’t think I could prevent bombings, bribery or hurricanes.
I might be narrow-minded not to watch the news but it’s alright with me really. News is the perfect trigger for depression, and I already generate enough depression without that, so I’m good. I simply can’t see why I should expose myself to something that makes me feel helpless, hopeless and terrified. I don’t believe this exposure would make me a better person. If you do have a good reason to watch the news though, please tell me! I need inspiration.