The world has felt more batsh!t crazy than usual lately. As reflected in the news (see WATCH: Climate Activists Spray Fake Blood, Hilarity Ensues and WATCH: Drag Queen Strips for Kids at Drag Queen Story Time). So come sit Indian style (I refuse to say “criss-cross applesauce”) around your friendly neighborhood Brodigan. Take a deep breath and let’s feed our soul some yummy tacos in the form of this perspective check from Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.
If you can make choices or decisions to change it, then it’s not a problem. It’s an inconvenience. The day you can’t make a choice – you’ve got cancer, your kid is sick – that’s the day you’ve got problems. Until then, you’ve just got inconveniences.
Now, this isn’t to say your problems or what you perceive are problems aren’t real and don’t need to be addressed. If we were to make all your problems physical for the sake of this metaphor, a paper cut isn’t as bad as a gunshot wound, but you still need a bandage. Or if you’re a useful bro, maybe just a napkin. Whatever works, just something clean, please.
If your problem is like a paper cut, though, while you should do what you can to take care of it, it’s best not to treat the inconvenience as if it’s life-threatening. Like a gunshot wound. But in 2019, it certainly seems many, especially on the left with all the triggering, the outrage, the canceling over slights that are barely even perceived, can’t distinguish between a trivial matter that barely registers as an inconvenience, versus an actual insurmountable problem.
As to Meyer’s point about making choices, that’s damn spot on. If you can make the right choices to get out of your crappy situation, that’s not really a problem so much as a temporary situation you dislike. Basically, if you’re bitching about something you can change but are unwilling to, you best shut the hell up. We’re all tired of your grousing for the sake of it. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s that we don’t effing care.