The Land of Oz: Unprofessional, Unsolicited Tips for a Happier New Year

Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica. Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica. Derek Osborn

Yeah, I know you didn't ask. Yet you continue to flip to this page to read this ridiculous op-ed month and after month. It’s your own fault. You have only yourself to blame. 

And no… this is not an expert in the field of psychology throwing these half-baked ideas at you for no good reason. This is just a normal (or slightly abnormal), everyday guy throwing half-baked ideas at you for a good reason. So, just enjoy and take them for what they are. Besides, you pay for what you get… and this newspaper is free

Don't Let the Elections Make You Crazy: 2020 is an election year, which means your TV, your internet, and your whatever else is going to be inundated with political rhetoric and advertisements in a country that already has too much of it. This is nothing to get stressed about. All you can do is listen, learn the facts, look past the propaganda, and most importantly… GO VOTE.  

Don’t Eat Yellow Snow: This only applies “IF” it snows. 

Don’t Argue with Random People on Social Media: If youre looking for a way to eliminate some unneeded stress in your life, this one is golden. I see people all the time who get caught up in the court of social opinion as if it is going to change the mind of someone who obviously already has their mind made up and is not willing to listen to reason. And I’ll be the first to admit, it is quite tempting. But resist the urge, take a deep breath, and say these words to yourself: “Do not engage. DO. NOT. ENGAGE.” 

Don’t Get Mad When the School Board Cancels School: Because you know it’s going to happen at least once, rain or snow. Whenever it happens, remember that the decision to close school is never taken lightly, and that Tuscaloosa is the second largest land area county in Alabama. The road conditions in Big Sandy may not be the same in Northside. Or Sipsey Valley. Or Brookwood. But the safety of everyone has to be taken into consideration. So be considerate. 

Don’t Let Your Phone Control Your Life: That handheld computer you possess (also referred to as a “phone,” also known as a “weapon of mass distraction”) is now an integral part of our society. Literally everybody uses one, which makes it that much more difficult to ditch. If you find yourself having to pick it up every time you get a notification, then disable the notifications. If someone urgently needs to talk to you, they likely won't be texting or DM’ing. They’ll be placing an old-fashioned phone call, which is why they made the blasted things in the first place.  

Imagine that. And Happy New Year.

I tweet insignificant things @ozborn34.     

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