Silly season is upon us and it's times like this, where we could be exhausted, frustrated, disillusioned and/or burnt-out from the past year. For some, it's a time to wind down, recharge and get things "off their chest". With that comes complaints, negativity and pessimism. If you're not one of these people, that's great.
But for the one who are, remember to keep it in perspective. Someone out there is still unfortunately still worse off than you. They've been beaten by life, it's challenges and even by themselves. We can try help them, but that's not the point.
The point is to keep it in perspective for your own life and situation. Make your life better by facing those challenges with even more vigor and resolve next year. Help yourself first before you can help someone else.
Self-Defence on this level is about protecting yourself from your negative thoughts that will ultimately filter down to your behavior and actions.
Be safe out there (by being safe up there in the noogin).