Do any of the things that used to upset you a few years ago matter at all today? What’s changed?
Depends how one interprets this.
I can feel strong emotions if I see injustice in action.
I don’t like it when someone is mean to someone else, or irresponsible in how they treat the environment, and such thoughts usually last only as long as the observations themselves.
There are many things about our existence that are far from optimal.
Our use of markets and money as measures of value.
The existence of nuclear and biological weapons.
The failure of medical systems to respond in timely fashion to the needs of ordinary people (I heard 2 days ago of a case of a young man who has been 3 months hobbling around with torn foot tendons on a waiting list to see a specialist – insanity!!!).
And many many more………
And because such things are real – I must accept them.
And I can work to change the systems that deliver those outcomes – which is what I am about.
So yes, in the instant, things can and do bring up strong emotions, and those emotions rarely cause me “upset”, in that I accept them for what they are, and maintain my course and purpose.
And part of my choice, my purpose, is to maintain a balance in life, between the non-human and the human worlds, between nature and culture/technology; between order and chaos (planning and spontaneity/creativity).
And that balance can vary across various time scales.
I like to maintain awareness of as many of the aspects of being human as I can, and to explore as many of the available spaces of possible new aspects of being human as I reasonably can. And all of that I do in the best approximation I can manage to being responsible in both social and ecological contexts (which doesn’t mean necessarily following and laws or customs, and it doesn’t mean ignoring any of them either, they all need due consideration and respect, even if the choice after such consideration is some other path).
So I can certainly feel strong emotions about many of the things that upset me years ago, and those emotions do not necessarily cause me upset in the present. For the most part, I simply manage to accept them as what they are.