Caught in the Undertow

Whenever you think of being caught in the undertow, what’s the first thing that enters your mind? The first thing that comes to my mind is the beach. When I walk on the beach and walk the shoreline, I feel the undertow trying to suck me in like quicksand. After all, the undertow means being pulled in by the current under the waves. It also means not being able to control or contain a situation.

There have been many situations that I have felt like I felt in the undertow. The most disturbing feeling is when you see people you love fighting with one another and know that you are in the middle. I have friends who are angry with each other over minuscule issues, and because I’m friends with both, I feel like I’m in the middle. Then there are situations at work where I can’t fix stupid. Communication between corporate and the staff should be a given, but alas, many people wouldn’t know how to communicate if they were to be bit in the ass. Decisions daily are made. Thinking has become almost extinct. Rarely are decisions made that a lot of thought went into seriously. Now, everything becomes based on the almighty dollar. Don’t believe me? Look at the development around you. Has any idea been weighed into the conservation of wildlife? What about the preservation of resources? Everything is boiling down to money. When we think about the future, our government is pushing growth and not preserving what we have. I hate to be the one to break it to them, but they need both resources to thrive.

Political divisions are rocking society to its core. We are all caught in the undertow with racial inequality and discrimination of every sect. There are always groups that are finding their needs unmet. The trans community is tired of being bullied for wanting to live their lives. All of us need happiness.
Real and honest conversations need conversations with one another. We won’t incite change without the understanding that change begins with our attitudes. I don’t want to see society become numb to the environment around them. Becoming numb is more comfortable than feeling like accomplishments are occurring. One of the biggest challenges we are facing is listening. We have too many groups profiting from other people’s pain.

I watch the news and see how many people commit suicide because their depression reached heights that no one saw coming. What is alarming is there are conversations daily about preventing suicide, but many groups are pushing for how people should live and look in the same breath. If you are thinking about suicide, I urge you to call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.

Linkin Park is one of my favorite groups. It devastated me to learn of Chester Bennington’s demise. His songs resonated with me because he seemed to strike a chord with people going through pain and didn’t know how to convey the pain they were experiencing. Like Chester, I don’t know what others expect of me, but I wish to be accountable for decisions. I choose compassion and empathy.

There will always be circumstances where we feel caught in the undertow. The main thing is that we don’t let the undertow take us under its spell. We have the power to prevent the undertow from winning. There are many ways to do this. The biggest one is to get the help you need. Depression and anxiety are a big problem in this country. COVID didn’t help. What matters is that we find ways to heal.

No matter what situations life is throwing at you, Don’t give up. You can’t fix everyone else, but you can control yourself and how you see the world. Keep smiling, singing, laughing, and growing. Each day is another success. Failure is temporary. Life is challenging enough without letting the undertow win. Have a great day, everyone.

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