The TV news business can grind you down…incrementally. You don’t even think about it until you realize you’ve got these huge emotional callouses. Do they have Dr. Scholl’s corn-pads for that?
I think not.
Friday, leaving school, a 15-yr-old boy was shot to death in a drive-by. It was in a "nice" neighborhood, too — things like that aren’t supposed to happen THERE.
In our afternoon news planning meeting, the issue came up of other shootings and drive-bys in recent months, and we sat around the table trying to remind each other of which shooting THAT was? You remember: the one where (fill in the blank with pertinent details) .
In fairness, it does seem to all blend together day after day… until you see the parents of the SHOOTER in court with their 16-yr-old who will be tried as an adult for murder.
One kid was shot that day, but two sons were lost.
It all hit me when I realized I was pouting over some software glitches in my DAW at home. I was actually gloomy and muttering about the "hassle" of it all.
Then my wife came home with a heartfelt story of some threatened personal relationships at church. Feelings hurt, things said, and misunderstandings made.
Somehow, whether or not my Pro-Tools software was working right just seemed pathetically inconsequential alla sudden.
Time to file down those callouses.