Midori wrote:Looks like you hang around a lot of people who can't see past themselves. You need to break out of where you're at, and get exposed to different groups of people. Find a way to focus on bettering others' lives to distract yourself from your dissatisfaction with other people's self-centeredness. Not in a throw-money-at-a-charity sort of way, but in a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-be-in-the-trenches sort of way. Expose yourself to people that you never would have interacted with. You'll find plenty of selfishness there, too, and plenty of ignorance--- but there is tremendous opportunity and fulfillment in being able to love and serve people around you. Use it as an opportunity to grow yourself.
Read. Read to better yourself. Expose yourself to the ideas of great thinkers. Philosophical, scientific, theological attitudes towards the meaning of life, the soul, the universe, well-being, morality, what we're supposed to accomplish during this time. You don't want a Kardashian diet, so get yourself some meat and potatoes.
When things are wrong with the world, it's your job to make sure that your corner of the universe is well-ordered. The people around you aren't helping, so it's time to add in new people and places and ideas to your routine.
That's some great advice for everybody.
And 99, yeah, I agree that people aren't as nice as they should be and the U.S. isn't the same as it once was, but that's just (a sad) part of life, as you know. Personally, I don't like the direction that smart phones/texting/internet videos/crappy music is taking the country, poor taste is abundant. It drives me crazy (extreme pet peeve) when I go have lunch or dinner with someone (especially my girlfriend) and they sit there texting and facebooking while I just sit there and stare at them wondering what happened to a good ol' conversation.
In the end, I just try to not hang on to all of the crap, and focus on what makes me happy, and holding on to that. I feel like I don't have time for all of the hobbies I'd like to engage in, but I still make time for a few. Just try not to hold on to the things that the idiots in your life say/do. It's tough, but worth it. Beer makes me happy, so often times I will have enough beer to forget whatever it was that I was upset about in the first place!