2020 is finally over. Millions of people all around the country are hopeful that 2021 will be better. Here are 7 stupid things we need to drop to make 2021 a better year.
1. Watching The News
“Bad news travels at the speed of light; good news travels like molasses.”
Yes, I understand that we need to follow the news a little bit. We can’t just bury our heads in the sand and ignore the outside world. But let's be honest, the news is a complete waste of time past a certain point.
If something happens that is so significant you need to know about it, you will hear about it. Friends will be talking about it in person or on social media.
Assuming you hear all the truly relevant news, the rest is complete nonsense (and often fake). The news is designed to make you angry and think that things are worse than they are. Outrage sells.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that the news is about sharing information. The news is designed to make money period. They show you what they think will get views, not what you need to know.
2. Having Negative Friends
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Whether you realize it or not, the people you spend time with influence your mood. Positive people lift you up, and negative people drag you down.
Do yourself a favor in 2021 and spend less time with people who drag you down.
3. Making Excuses
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Your excuses might be valid. Even if they are, they are not helpful. Rather than focus on why things went wrong, focus on what you can do to make the situation better.
Yes, Covid-19 sucks and it made 2020 harder. But please leave that excuse in 2020 and find ways to make 2021 better.
4. Getting in Social Media Arguments
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
Social media arguments don’t actually change peoples’ minds. It is the virtual equivalent of beating your head against the wall. If you like arguing or wasting time, go for it. Just don’t act surprised when you spend hours not changing anyone's mind.
Also, the anonymity of social media is toxic. Being relatively anonymous makes people much ruder and more confrontational. If you really want to argue, do it in person. It is much more likely to be civil.
5. Believing The Lie That Politicians Will Save You
Every Presidential Election devolves into the same nonsense. First, people get really excited because their candidate is going to fix everything. Second, those same people are inevitably disappointed because their candidate overpromised and underdelivered.
Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone should vote. I think presidents do influence our lives in small ways. Just be honest with yourself, President Biden won’t fix your life, just like presidents Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton didn’t.
You have to do all the heavy lifting it takes to fix your own life.
6. Participating in Cancel Culture
Who didn't do something dumb when they were young? The only difference is now, everything is on record aka the internet.
If you have to scroll back years on social media to dig up dirt, you are creepy and stupid. Let people live, make mistakes, and grow.
I get it, some things are unforgivable, thankfully most of those things are already illegal. If someone does something illegal throw them in jail. If not, be careful with cancel culture, 90 % of “cancels” are complete nonsense.
“If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
If you can’t change something, it's not worth your time or energy. If you can change it, shut up and do it. Stop whining when you should be doing something.
2020 was rough for a lot of people. 2021 doesn’t have to be the same. Work hard and rid your life of these 7 things, and this year should be much improved.