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by Martha
Rated: E · Other · Opinion · #2241029
Thoughts about the coming year.
" Happy new year." Every year we say it to friends, family and sometimes strangers we may meet while out walking or shopping. When we say it we frequently mention we hope it's a better year with more happiness than the one just passed.
I'm older this year! I feel older. I look older. In fact, I feel and look ancient. I always believed a person's age was just a number. You are as old as you feel. I'm feeling aged and frail.
Last year was tough for me but I think it was for everybody. People lost loved ones to Covid-19, cancer, heart attacks. There was an election that appears to have divided the country. Protests, fires, floods. Seems like every news story was focused on loss, anxiety and fear. I have to wonder if the news media contributed to the state of exhaustion I feel.
Is it possible to to feel old, exhausted and possibly even depressed because you are bombarded night and day, non-stop with stressful stories about situations you can't control? I'm beginning to think so.
My temporary new year resolution is to try to turn the news off for 30 days. I am going to attempt to read or write instead of listening to talk radio or watch any news on the tube or laptop. I want to see if I feel and look younger by February.
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