“The World is So Crazy Right Now”

“The world is so crazy right now.” Sometimes, I feel like that is all I hear.

This morning, I rode my bike to church with my husband. After mass, the church held its annual fair outside. There was a barbecue and a petting zoo and desserts and raffles. The fire department even showed up with plastic firefighter hats for the children and a fire truck for them to explore. During mass, we prayed for the people of Israel, and donations were collected. I am so fortunate to have a home where I am safe, and my heart goes out to those who are not fortunate in this way.

I got home from the fair and read a newsletter that I typically enjoy. “The world is so crazy right now,” the author wrote. I closed the tab. For years, I have heard people comment about the state of our world. “Things are just so crazy right now.” That is what they keep telling me.

I was 20 years old when COVID happened. I was starting my adult life when things came to a screeching halt. I made an effort to stay up to date with the world, a world that, from what everyone was saying, had never been so crazy.

Three years have passed, and despite COVID being long gone, people seem to be equally frantic about the state of our world.

I have been wrestling with the feeling that the more we shout about our crazy world, the crazier it gets.

I am blessed to be living a not-so-crazy life. Yesterday, I rode my bike to church, attended a fair, made dinner with my husband, and baked a chocolate cake for dessert this week. Today, I had leftovers for breakfast, worked, did my laundry, and went to the gym.

I am aware of our world’s troubles, and I will continue to pray for change. But, I am left wondering who benefits if I shout about the crazy state of our world. Also, is my world that crazy?

My world is nights spent at home with my husband, trips to visit my family, and the children I see at work. My world is not the stories that I see in the news. It cannot be. What happens when my phone dies? I would not say I lost my world; I would argue that that is when you find it.

With love and gratitude,

Kristen Mary Carolan

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