Top 100 Issues That Keep Me Awake at Night

  1. The health and well-being of my children and spouse
  2. Eradication of the COVID-19 virus and its variants
  3. Gerrymandering
  4. Genocide against the Uighurs of Central and East Asia
  5. Laws – as well as prosecutorial policies — that result in the disproportionate incarceration of young Black males
  6. Are Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson dating?
  7. Unwillingness of the U.S. Senate to debate protection of voting rights
  8. The imminent death of my father
  9. Mid-term elections (perennial)
  10. The impact of climate change on the world my children will inherit
  11. Food insecurity in the DMV
  12. Home improvement projects
  13. Vladimir Putin poisoning his political enemies
  14. Plot and characters in the novel I am writing
  15. My church’s finances
  16. Is the pain I feel the onset of the cancer that will kill me (or just a muscle strain)?
  17. Violence, threats, and oppression that members of the LGBTQ+ community are forced to endure
  18. Am I guilty of microaggressions against people not like me?
  19. How did so many evangelical Christians come to believe in a Jesus Christ that I don’t recognize?
  20. Did I just get ripped off?
  21. The 2020 election was not stolen, amirite?
  22. The diminishing rights of the citizens of Hong Kong
  23. The historical and current injustices being perpetrated upon indigenous people by the U.S. government
  24. Income and wealth inequality gap widening
  25. Should I stay with my current health insurer?
  26. Cryptocurrency v. fiat currency
  27. Violence and threats to Asian Americans over the perception that they had anything to do with COVID-19
  28. Terrorist threats against United States citizens at home and abroad
  29. Will California slide into the Pacific Ocean following “the Big One?”
  30. Lack of affordable, universal health care in the United States
  31. The erosion of civility around the world brought on by Facebook’s unrelenting desire for customer and revenue growth
  32. Poor treatment of political refugees and lack of sound policies to stem the need for people to leave their homes, friends, and families to seek protection in a strange country
  33. Jury selection in the trial of the men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery
  34. The proliferation of guns and violence associated with guns in the United States
  35. Threats to financial systems posed by unregulated hedge funds and private equity firms
  36. The legacy of redlining, which has had devastating impacts on so many American cities
  37. The cruel and enduring legacy of colonialism in places like Africa
  38. The risk of starvation and widespread violence in Afghanistan
  39. The behavior of the judge in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse
  40. Genocide against Muslims in Myanmar
  41. Do does it seem that spelling and grammar no longer matter?
  42. White terrorism and white supremacy in the United States
  43. Is the world running out of potable water?
  44. Why can’t we leave Diana Spencer alone?
  45. Will the stock market crash and devastate my retirement savings?
  46. When will people realize that the National Football League is a marketing scam?
  47. The expanding Chinese sphere of influence, including the threat to the sovereignty of the people of Taiwan
  48. Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud got away with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
  49. The long-term economic and political impacts of Brexit
  50. The war against women in the United States
  51. The sad and sorry state of journalism in the United States
  52. The fate of the people of Syria and refugees from that country
  53. Why is Joe Manchin apparently the most powerful person in Washington?
  54. The eroding natural barriers between people and wildlife
  55. The 45th President of the United States
  56. Why is friendship such a hard thing to maintain?
  57. Humanitarian crises in Mozambique and Yemen
  58. Can January 6th happen again here?
  59. What will happen to the commercial real estate market if no one goes back to work in their offices?
  60. Why do so many white people refuse to admit that they are frightened of Black people?
  61. Will my bank account get hacked, leaving me penniless?
  62. Will I ever be able to travel abroad again?
  63. What does my ex-wife tell my children about me?
  64. Why is so much infrastructure in the world’s wealthiest country crumbling?
  65. Politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louis Gohmert, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, Kevin McCarthy, Mo Brooks, Ron Johnson, Mitch McConnell, Devin Nunes, Rick DeSantis, and Greg Abbott who have put ideology, party, and/or power above country.
  66. Will housing prices go down again?
  67. What Boko Haram did to those girls.
  68. The fate of Venezuela
  69. Will those new jeans fit me?
  70. How can we better help people living with physical and mental challenges?
  71. The impact of the policies of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on the rainforest.  
  72. The prospect for more oil spills
  73. Will I be killed by a Tesla on autopilot?
  74. Will Russian cyberattacks devastate the American power grid?
  75. Will I need to take the blue pill?
  76. Who else has my Social Security number?
  77. Will Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ever be allowed back into polite society?
  78. When will the citizens of the District of Columbia be granted statehood?
  79. Can Americans elect a woman president already?
  80. Is the family-owned farm dead?
  81. What would be a truly cool decathlon competition in the Olympics
  82. How can we better help homeless individuals and families?
  83. Are Richard and Emily the real heroes of “Gilmore Girls?”
  84. Can we have a calm, serious conversation about reparations?
  85. Will drinking all this Diet Mountain Dew kill me?
  86. Coming to grips with the prospect that I will never get verified on Twitter
  87. Will I ever overcome the shame of my divorce?
  88. MAGA enablers
  89. Why am I going to so many funerals?
  90. Thanksgiving and Christmas
  91. Our lack of preparedness for the next pandemic
  92. Why can’t the U.S. government negotiate Medicare drug prices?
  93. Why do so many people and governments hold onto fossil fuels as a source of energy?
  94. Why do we rush to embrace artificial intelligence knowing that it will lead to Skynet?
  95. When will I have to stop wearing a mask in public?
  96. Will one of the super-tall, ultra-thin residential skyscrapers in Manhattan designed for billionaires topple during a violent storm?
  97. Has my bloodline come to an end?
  98. How can I kill off the ampersand and preserve the Oxford comma?
  99. Why is the Space Force still a thing?
  100. The nearly unchecked power that police possess over citizens

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