In our latest episode, we’re talking about the little things and all the joy they bring, to quote India Arie. Lately, it seems like everyone is angry and outraged, but today, we are advocating for peace, love, joy, and beauty for beauty’s sake. This is not to say that we are championing tunnel vision, ignorance, and disengaging from the world around you. After all, this is the world to live in and we all share this planet together. But, sometimes, I think we all long for the days before news feeds.
To think that just a decade ago, our phones were simply phones and we were not subjected to 1,000 emotional reactions to every world event, big or small– it seems like the distant past. The wonderful thing about the democratization of communication channels through social media, blogs, podcasts, and video on demand platforms is that it has made our world so much larger. We now know what people who live 10,000 miles away from us are eating for dinner and watching on television. We can stay connected to friends and relatives whose faces we haven’t seen in years, and we can make new connections with people whose existence would have never otherwise occured to us. Our news feeds have made us global citizens.
At the same time, information is coming at us rapidly and vapidly. Everyone’s vying to report it first and everyone is vying to be the first to react, with the hopes of being the voice of the people, with dreams of going viral. But, what that has done to us is put us in a constant state of sorting. We are sorting, hashtagging, listing, and following in order to make sense of the world around us. As we type this blog post, the news has just reported a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, where 50 people have been pronounced dead and others are wounded. Prepare for the incoming of comments about how the world is going to hell, think pieces about gun control, opposing think pieces about how it is more important than ever to preserve our second amendment rights, and the inevitable hashtag #PrayforVegas.
Unfortunately, the more that we sort our information, the more we are trying to sort each other. We’re trying to force each other into categories that we can easily understand and digest, however, living things are more complex than the way they color their worlds. And, sometimes we can feel guilty for wanting to feel joy at all. How can I need a break? How can I be happy when children in ______ are without ______? What can I do to make the world a better place?
The answer is in each one of us. Angry people can start a movement, but they can’t finish one. At some point, we all have to look inward and figure out what makes us happy, what we value, and who we love, and choose that each and every day. So, let’s talk about joy. Tweet us and let us know what brings you joy. Share your images of experiencing joy with us on Instagram. #JoyisWoke