Aside from watching Today show segments while I am getting dressed for work in the morning, or clips of various news shows in the locker room at my gym, I don’t watch news broadcasts. There, I said it, I don’t watch the news. I’m not quite sure when I stopped watching the news, however, I will say that I have no desire to dive back into television news viewing. If it’s not the latest natural disaster scare, or repeated reporting on the Dow Jones most recent plummet, it is the continuing focus on the rising unemployment rates and dismal state of the economy. For an individual like me likens her job to getting a root canal with no Novocaine, the constant reminder that we are basically stuck between a rock and a crashing building is akin to having a pitchfork repeatedly shoved into our abdomens. While I believe that it is important for people to be educated about the state of affairs in the U.S. and abroad, I need a break from the doom and gloom that is the news today. Quite frankly, I don’t care to add yet another point of stress, frustration, disappointment, and tragedy into my life. Believe me when I tell you I have had enough stress, frustration, disappointment, and tragedy to last me another lifetime. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the almost daily shenanigans of the individuals who are vying to become President of the United States. The country is falling down a steep rabbit hole and what do we the people get, a crop of clowns that for all the rhetoric they spew have virtually zero ability to empathize with struggling Americans who are being crushed by the current state of affairs. The thought of any of these individuals taking over the wheel of an already sinking ship is enough to make me want to permanently stay out of the loop.
My self-imposed hiatus from watching the news has no definitive time table. Right now, I am glad not to be subjected to a near constant flow of dread, although, at some point I know that I will have to lift my head out of the sand.