Bad Things Happen

Hello dear reader(s)!

We all know that humans can be terrible to each other, to other species, to the planet, etc…

We all know that bad things and unfair things happen.  Good people’s lives are cut short.  Dick Cheney is still alive after multiple heart attacks.  Children never see their first birthday.  People bomb clinics, or behead others based on their beliefs.

Bad Things Happen.

We’re all going to die.  It is fact.  It would be nice if we all lived full, long lives filled with family, friends, success, and happiness…but it isn’t going to be that way for everyone.  It sucks when a parent has to face losing a child, but that happens every day.  It sucks when your parents die and you feel alone, but it happens to someone every single day.

Bad Things Happen.

The strong prey on the weak.  The weak occasionally snap and prey on everyone they see.  The innocent die every single day.  They did nothing to deserve it.  They eat right, they don’t take risks, get plenty of exercise; but a plane crashes into their living room, or a truck loses control and crushes them in their fuel-efficient vehicles, or a tumor develops and spreads for no reason at all.

Bad Things Happen.

Bad things will happen to you.

Which is why it is so important to remember that those bad things are not happening to you right now.  Do your best not to worry about those bad things happening to you, or else the times that didn’t need to be bad will end up that way.  Enjoy life as much as you possibly can, and when things are going good, stop to take it in.  Because the next bad thing could be milliseconds away.

I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD.  The way my thoughts work, I am not very good at taking this advice…although I am still trying to work on it.  I refuse to use my illnesses as an excuse to be miserable all of the time.  Sometimes, too often, I can’t, but I try.  If you’re one of those people who always has a downward attitude, a cynical demeanor, a fatalist way of being; are you enjoying your life?  Yes, bad things happen.  Humans can be awful.

But we can be pretty damn great too, if we try.  There are, despite what you see in the mainstream media, many people who want their lives to be about helping others.  There are people who dedicate their entire lives to it.  They are all around us, you only have to look.

There are some very scary trends taking place in the world.  I am not going to say everything is sunshine and rainbows.  I really believe that the good people need to pay attention and get motivated to make things better, or else we’re all screwed.

But that is happening.  Look at Ireland.  An extremely catholic nation, passes marriage equality by popular vote.  A country where being gay was a crime only decades ago.  The turnout for the referendum was historically massive, and equality passed with an almost 2:1 margin.

Look at Tesla.  Tesla (if you don’t know about the company, named for the inventor), is a company that got successful for their design and building of electric cars.  (Actually, it was more like an already wealthy person, in conjunction with other wealthy people who are not evil, sought out electric car technology that would not have seen the light of day then bought it, refined it, and produced it.)  Anyone who reads my blog-type-thing knows that I have a deep affinity for the Tesla Model S…and if you wanted to send me one, I would not turn it down.  At any rate, they are going to build a huge factory not too far from my home and produce a new battery system.  At their proposed pricing point, it literally has the power (unintended pun) to make fossil fuels for the power grid a more expensive option than renewables.  Fossil fuels for home and commercial power will be obsolete finally, because of the cheap ability to store the power generated from free energy sources.  In conjunction with any of the solar cells, turbines, and other infrastructure required for renewable energy production…it will still be cheaper than fossil fuels.

That really was the last barrier.

There are homeless shelters and thrift stores that are around doing the best they can to help people…in the face of funding cuts and a class war being waged by the powerful.

Right now, there are kids outside playing, birds building nests, trees pollinating (which sucks for allergies, but is still a good thing), bees flying, and people smiling.

Bad things happen.

But good things happen too.  It is important to try to keep that in mind, especially as you are purposely bombarded with images and stories to make you give up on trying to change things for the better.

Now feel and repeat mentally, “I’m full of energy, I’m full of joy.  I look forward to a wonderful day, a wonderful evening.”  And you can have a gentle smile.


Author: Josh Wrenn

Cancer survivor, wanna-be artist, musician, author, and all around good guy.

19 thoughts on “Bad Things Happen”

  1. Great post. I have a physical and medical illness but I believe in what you’re saying. I am also a breast cancer survivor. I try not to use it as a crutch but reflect it in my writing. Over twenty years ago, my sister gave me a book, “Bad Things happen to Good People” after me and my husband (then) lost a baby in an adoption. Enjoyed visiting your blog.

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  2. I lost it after your Dick Cheney comment! I thought your post was going to be funny but it was more than that; it was motivational and inspiring. Thanks for giving me some perspective and a good reminder!

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  3. Wonderful post and good advice for all of us that get mired down in all the disheartening news from around the world. Thank-you!!!!!! You’re a good egg!!!!!


  4. You are so right Josh – we must always focus on the good. It’s not always easy, but we need to believe in the goodness of humanity and do our own little bit to make the world a better place. Positive thoughts are part of that 🙂

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  5. I believe that something happens to you (good or bad), it affects you (directly or indirectly), or none of the above. You deal with it in the best way possible or as much as you know how. Accept help when help is real and offer it where and when you can. Having a good day is always the first option. BTW…I worked for Dick Cheney at the Pentagon in the late 80s–he’s an ass. However, he always treated us junior enlisted well. He always spoke politely to us when we had to go to his office. The officers, on the other hand, were always spoken to directly and often harshly. Best wishes on your continued success during your recovery. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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