The more I travel the world, the more it makes me want to avoid watching the news.
When I’m abroad I barely ever have the time to watch TV or read newspapers, and perhaps I feel like my life is happier for it. Instead of being fixated on the negative things that are going on in the world, I am focused on my own everyday reality, and the positive things directly around me. In my efforts to think differently, I feel like if I avoid the news, I feel much more positive and I also think for myself.
I just spent 4 months traveling Asia and Australia, and when I returned to the UK a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice how fixated everyone is on the news over here. It has become ingrained in our every day existence. People read the morning paper with their cup of coffee, they talk about the news headlines when they get to work, they switch on the news while they’re eating dinner.
I actually had to turn the TV off, because I felt I was being bombarded with depressing stuff.
Why is it that BAD news, is GOOD news?
Why does bad news have to make up the bulk of things we hear about? Anything positive or upbeat always has to end up in the “and finally…” section at the end.
I understand the importance of freedom of the press. I get that it’s essential we question the action of governments and inform people of issues and problems. But when I see the news it often makes the world seem like a dangerous, scary place full of violence and crime.
When I go traveling, I realise that the world can actually be a POSITIVE place.
The news is a round-up of what’s going on across the globe, and usually the extreme stuff. It can’t possibly give an accurate depiction of what life is like for your everyday person. That just wouldn’t be news.
The world is NOT AS SCARY as the news would have you believe. On my travels I have experienced the kindness of strangers, and moments that make me realise how incredible human beings are.
When I told my Mum I was going to Cambodia I received a text from her saying; “Isn’t it dangerous?” When I went to New York she said; “Be careful, don’t people get shot there?” When I told my friends I was going to Israel, their first reactions were; “Aren’t there rockets and bombs going off all the time?” When I contemplated traveling by Greyhound bus around the USA, I was quickly informed of a horrific incident that happened on the Greyhound somewhere in Canada.
Wherever I announced I am going, someone can relay a bad story that they have seen on the news.
Bad things happen in countries all over the world, including my own country. Admittedly, some places at the moment pose a significantly higher risk than others. However many a time I have found myself thinking; “This country is not how I imagined it to be from the TV”. People are not their governments. On the whole I have had very positive experiences traveling solo, and I have learnt that most people are just like you or I.
It’s fine to watch the news, but don’t let it make you fearful of seeing the world. It’s an incredible place!