Even though I haven’t heard from many people besides family and a couple close friends, I remain optimistic overall. I get much of my optimism from reading science journals and intentionally looking for humanitarian efforts stories online. Reading these stories from sites like futurism.com, human progress.org, future timeline.net, among many youtube science and tech sites helps to keep me optimistic overall. I know we have problems. But I just became sick and tired of always hearing how bad everything was and how it was never going to get better. I have been hearing about how bad the world was and how bad everyone was since I was old enough to listen in on conversations.
Growing up, I almost never heard my elders or teachers have anything good to say about the future or the world in general. That bothered me for many years. I have been hearing dire predictions for years, yet most of them never came to pass or turned out to be manageable. Several years ago I finally had enough. So I forced myself to do some research and find out what was actually going right. I had to do a lot of research over the last several years to see what we were doing, where we were going, and what had already accomplished. We are doing some really cool things in the realms of science, technology, and humanitarian efforts. You just won’t hear about them on Facebook or the news. Granted this is not a license for problem solvers to get complacent or lazy. Humans have an incredible ability to see into the future and spot potential problems long before they happen. Not only do we have the ability to see what could happen, we also can plan and change accordingly. And we change and plan so well sometimes we forget what the original problems were to begin with.
I haven’t spent much time on Facebook or twitter lately. I still go to Facebook a couple times a day just to see what’s up with friends and family. But, for me, Facebook is the internet’s version of looking in the refrigerator and hoping there’s still some left over pizza from last night. Most of the time you’ll get stuck with hot dogs, moldy cheese, and old lunch meat, but sometimes you get lucky. I still drop in on my tech enthusiasts’ groups, but I don’t participate much beyond liking articles that are being shared. Unfortunately, mental illness and social media don’t mix well. Not much I can do about it besides staying away when I don’t feel well.
I still stay awake quite late most nights. It seems to be when I get the most research and writing done. But at least I’m still getting enough sleep. I do enjoy the quiet and solitude of the overnight hours. I may have odd hours and odd practices, but at least I can still function with my mental illness.