Conor Cawley: How I’m Coping

With everything that’s going on, it’s been hard to cope. The unfairness, the ineptitude, and the infuriating news cycle that has covered it is enough to make a person’s blood boil. People are at each other’s throats, intellectuals are running scared, and the citizens that value a just system are debating the value of moving to Canada.

What are you supposed to do? Even the sheer thought of coping can make everyday life seem impossible to deal with. You’re angry, you’re scared, and you feel like you’ve been wronged. And, if we’re all being honest with each other, you have.

However, everyone has to cope somehow. Some people are taking to the streets to protest whatever they can to make a difference. Even still, most people are posting on social media thinking that is going to change the result. It’s not.

Taking action helps, but a mentality can help even more. Positivity is contagious and that’s what people have forgotten. Social media has made it feel like yelling at strangers and swearing at friends is going to change minds. Everything from Facebook to Twitter has made it feel like fighting is not only helping, but is actually the only way to make the world a better place. Again, it’s not.

Being positive, on the other hand, can change the world. Reaching out to someone that thinks differently than you in a humane way is not only helpful, it’s benevolent. It injects a little bit of happiness into the world, something it direly needs. Knowing that this too shall pass and not letting it ruin all the great things in your life can make everything seem a little less troublesome and a little more optimistic. Let yourself hope again.

Being positive is how I’m dealing with it. Being positive is how I’m able to go forward every day. Being positive is how I’m coping… with the New England Patriots winning Super Bowl 51.

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