As much as I absolutely adore the internet, I find it often sends me on a roller coaster of an emotional ride.
Case in point: Yesterday.
Exhibit A: The building dancers
I started the day off watching this. Its essentially the video dancing equivalent of holding a puppy on a gorgeous summer’s day when you are a kid. Its that peaceful and wonderful a thing to watch.
Exhibit B: Joan Smalls “likes” everything
Then I watched this fun little Vogue short that made me feel like I just want to go around liking all the wonderful things I love in the world. Its a lighthearted, endearing thought that you could leave a little heart wherever you go.
Exhibit C: John Oliver takes down Miss America
This afternoon, the seriousness started to come out. I am quickly becoming convinced that John Oliver’s show is one of my favorite things happening back in the States.
As funny as this segment is, it is depressing/outdated/insertyourtermforithere to think about John’s take home message that Miss America is one of the largest sources of female scholarships… he gives some suggestions of other organisations, including US-based SWE, Patsy Mink Foundation or the Jeanette Rankin Foundation you can donate to.
(At the same time, the fact that there are people like John Oliver writing stories like these gives me some hope…)
Exhibit D: We’ve lost 50% of the world’s wildlife population in 40 years
And then the internet broke my heart. WWF released this report yesterday outlining losses to lion, elephant, tiger and many other animal populations since the 1970s. My clicking also led me to discover their environmental footprint calculator. You can work out how your daily routine affects the planet and the results are shocking. I encourage everyone to take this quiz. We only have one planet. And so many of us are living like we have more.
The WWF report sent me spiraling back to last year on safari in South Africa when, speeding towards our camp for the evening which closed at sundown, we ground to a halt at the sight of a black rhino silhouette on the horizon. Everywhere we went in South Africa, there were signs telling us that future generations probably wouldn’t see a rhino. Poaching is one threat. This report convinced me that my lifestyle is another.
Attempt at a conclusion during what feels like whiplash
So I guess the simple conclusion to all of this is… I love you, Internet, but at the end of the day, you often make me exhausted.
I’ve laughed and I’ve smiled. I’ve been reduced to tears and inspired to make a difference.
You are one powerful thing.