Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tonic for the Toxic News

It seems as though my 30s are being defined by disasters of epic scale. Disasters plural. Let's review:
9/11 (I was 29 when it happened close enough)
Southeast Asia Tsunami
Haiti Earthquake
Throw in the global financial meltdown for good measure.
Not to mention the usual wars, fires, floods, earthquakes, drought, genocide in Darfur, it goes on and on.

Which brings us to the latest epic disaster--the Gulf oil spill. This oil spill is too much for me to deal with. I am avoiding the news. Me, a news junkie, I am avoiding it, it's too painful, too heartrending, too sickening, too enraging, too despairing, too everything. For a jaded, cynical me. I want to cry, scream, and throw up all at the same time. I want to fast forward time until the gushing oil is stopped, damage assessed, and massive cleanup and recovery efforts are underway.

But I can't.

So I am trying to soothe my soul with sewing and watching non-upsetting movies and listening to non-upsetting music and I am ever so thankful to watch the World Cup this afternoon. Anything to get rid of the searing images of oil covered birds and dead marine life.


sewprimitive karen said...

Have exactly the same reaction to the oil spill, I can hardly bear to type it out. Besides the current disaster for marine life and humans alike, it is amazing and perplexing that so many disasters have happened recently starting with 9/11.

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry Gretchen...I don't have any magical words of encouragement to make you feel better. I think all of us feel helpless. I know you are not alone in your feelings. Maybe it's therapeutic to talk about it and get your frustrations released and not bottled up. Hang in there...and know that our shoulders are here for you if you need us! :)

Cathi said...

I think many feel the same way you do -- this is one of those times that avoiding a lot of the news can be a good coping mechanism.