I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets overwhelmed by how harsh the world can be, especially with people in it. Mother Nature may have been particularly harsh this winter with her Polar Vortex and and general inconsistency for us in North Carolina, but if you listen to the news there are plenty of people who are being harsh at the moment with the potential for harsh global repercussions.
In some ways I know it’s like Kay said in MIB (1997 movie), “There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!”
So to prevent myself from falling into the pit of despair I tried to find things that restored my sense of hope and wonder.
1. In Lima, Peru the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru partnered with an ad agency for the purpose of recruiting students and created a billboard that pulls moisture from the air to make drinkable water!
2. In Brooklyn, New York the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant has what amounts to the most awesome composting project ever, though the idea is to produce renewable energy. This kind of thing is being done in other places, but it’s still awesome.
3. In Beech Mountain, North Carolina there is actually an abandoned Land of Oz theme park that comes to life every autumn to host an Oz Festival. I think I need to walk the yellow brick road at least once, so this is going on my bucket list.
Now that’s only three things I found that made me think things weren’t so bad. I love my family, and that’s no small thing either. What other good and wonderful things are there? This is the challenge I’ve set myself to find. It may not be a perfect balance, but I’m sure I can probably find enough to keep me going.