I think I’m going on a diet…

While one of my goals for this year is weight loss, it isn’t a new food diet I’m talking about.

Last week I had to travel out to an area of Pennsylvania on business (a 2+ hour drive) so I woke up early. I had not slept well the night before, so waking up early already had me cranky. In my normal morning “ablutions” I tend to read some blogs and websites in the morning as I’m getting ready. Unfortunately, these aren’t the FIRE blogs, which tend to be upbeat and action-oriented. You may be able to see where this is going…..

This day, like so many others, the blogs were full of doom and gloom about a variety of topics. I don’t want to get too political here, but it seems like both “sides of the aisle” in the US are predicting the end is near, and we should all just go and prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Relations between the sexes is in the tubes, nobody can afford to start families and have kids, and we are all going to die, due to war, famine, pestilence, etc.

As you head out on the road, if you listen to NPR or talk radio, you get bombarded with the same stuff. Again, it doesn’t matter what your views are, it seems like everyone is selling “distress and sadness” right now.

Yet the unemployment rate is low, wages are up, the investments are up, people go to work, take their dates out, their kids play and go to school, and most folks are doing fine. The people in the FIRE community are living proof that folks are taking action and doing what is needed to make it.

I think its just the “media” (be it mainstream news, blogs, websites, etc. ) with the clickbait articles and their “if it bleeds it leads” attitude which is making me crazy/depressed at times. So I’m going to try and go on a news diet somewhat, where I don’t check in as much, and work more on my interests and goals. I won’t be ignoring the big problems, but I’m going to try not to concentrate on them so much, especially ones where I have no hope of influencing the end result.

Consider it as me taking steps to keep my sanity. I hope you are keeping yours.

Any thoughts?

Mr. 39 Months

4 thoughts on “I think I’m going on a diet…”

  1. 100% agree that a media diet is a good idea. I routinely trim the newsletters and subscriptions I read. I used to read too many business publications, and they’re still useful, but I naturally consume that stuff because my line of work is career-focused, so I needed to prioritize more general news and even fun and entertainment subjects. It’s too easy to get caught up in one area or another, unless you proactively mix it up.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. I agree – it can get tiring.

      How is Costa Rica? Your blog makes it seem pretty nice!

      1. We were last in Costa Rica in Jan, and it was amazing. We’re going back in November as that is the sweet spot when the wet season is tapering off but our high season hasn’t started yet (so we won’t lose too much rental income by occupying one condo). We can’t wait. Our youngest enters college this fall, and this whole process has been very stressful. I am looking forward to the Pura Vida pace of Costa Rica!

        1. It sounds great! One of the things I’m looking forward to when I hit FI is time. There is so much I want to do, but I’m limited to 3 weeks of vacation a year, which cramps my style. Have fun!

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