Cynic. Sometimes pessimist. Those are words used to describe me. I am the person who says: "we're destroying the planet...we're all doomed". So you may be thinking, what is a girl like me doing writing a piece about what excites me to live in this world. Bare with me for a moment.
I don't look at the glass half empty. Instead, I consider the fragility of the glass, and constantly keep in mind that the glass can break at any moment--spilling its contents hazardly everywhere. This year could make anyone think that not only has the glass tipped over, but that it has shattered into millions of pieces. It's definitely been a rough year. There are no promises of things getting better any time soon, either. But that's not what I'm here to talk about. What makes me excited to live in this world is the people dedicating their lives to making sure that glass doesn't shatter.
If you have a weekend to seepare, watch some documentaries. Netflix is full of them, and so is HBO and YouTube. My coworkers now know that I don't watch TV shows, but that I am capable of starting most conversations with: "I watched a documentary this weekend and...". I'm not gloating. I sometimes think it sounds that way, but I'm not. I don't watch shows because I have commitment issues, and can't deal with the anticipation or the years of my life I may have to dedicate to them. But documentaries are different: they say what they need to say and are done with it. And they are saying a lot. In a nutshell, the oceans are polluted, developed nations are destroying developing nations, governments are corrupt, and people are still killing dolphins. At this point you're thinking: "So what's you're point?"
Watch the documentaries. Pick random ones about topics you might not even be interested. What you'll find time and time again is people. The news only tell you about the chaos in the world. But rarely do they bring light to the great, and ordinary, people dedicating their lives to making a difference. Whether it is in their communities or around the world, humans continue fighting to make the only planet we have (for now, at least) the best it can be. I have watched men and women risk their lives for a cause they passionately believed in. I have seen them suffer and be pushed down by odds stacked against them. But they continue to rise. By watching these multitudes of people I gain an appreciation to life and this planet. When I feel as though the world is a dark place, and people are doing stupid things like going to war and hating each other, I learn about someone who is not letting those difficulties stop them.
If they can be strong, so can I. It's a challenge that excites me. It's makes living in this world so exciting.