But maybe the suicides have more to do with the sh!tshow we’ve been living through for the past several years. It’s hard for kids to be optimistic and easy to be depressed when you are living through a pandemic and may have had friends and family die, and you feel like the boomers have doomed the planet with climate change, not to mention politics. It’s hard for kids to have hope that the future will be better, y’know?
I think a LOT of people are dealing with a LOT of stuff right now. A friend of mine in her 60s just reposted this Tweet from Julia Ioffee my friend asked if it resonated with anyone else like it did with her:
Eighteen months into this pandemic, so many people I know are still feeling so down (myself included). One friend put it this way: the bad things are disproportionately destabilizing and the good things are insufficiently fortifying. Anyone else feeling this way?
I mean, people’s mental health everywhere is very fragile right now and I can see for some kids how it’s hard to stare down a lifetime ahead of you and be optimistic. That said, I do think there is reason for optimism — there are a lot of good people out there working hard to make this planet a better place — but it’s hard.
And yes to not stressing our kids out with getting in “the best” college. “Fit and growth” is a good motto and definitely more in line with what we are looking for for our D22. She doesn’t buy into all that stress culture anyway.
People need to practice kindness, for sure, and with themselves as well as others.