Friday, September 18, 2015

Internet Killed the MTV Star

They say that video killed the radio star which might be true, I really wouldn't know since I was born after the conception of music videos (yes, I know I'm so young blah blah blah). But here's the thing, technology has killed and created so many mediums over the last 25 years that it's actually kind of terrifying.

When I was a kid back in the last 90s early 00s you didn't come home from school and text your friends, you didn't even get online and instant message them.  If you wanted to hang out with someone after school you had to make plans days in advance, you had to pick up the land line (sometimes they were cordless but other times they tethered you to the wall) and you had to actually use your words.

The art of words is slowly dying.  I remember a time when I couldn't hide my face in my phone when there were other people around, when I had to make conversation and engage those around me even if it was uncomfortable.  Lately I've been trying to put down the phone and do that again, the problem is other people have to put their phones down too.

I'm not saying that technology is all bad, because it's not.  I love the shit out of it most of the time but today I was thinking about the kids who have always had cellphones, who have never lived in a world where they needed to know the Dewey Decimal System, the kids who have always had the world in their pockets.  They will never know the pure elation that comes with getting Encyclopedia Britannica for Christmas and using your precious computer time just looking stuff up.

I mean I guess kids these days are lucky, they have a whole world of information at their fingertips but sometimes I pity them because some of the best days in school were the days that they let us on the internet to explore and research.  I always felt so powerful when I was learning new things that not many other people knew, but now nearly 95% of people in the United States have access to the internet.

I feel like I'm contradicting myself a little so let me make it very clear that I love the fact that I can pull out my phone and find out what year Henry VII died but I also loved my childhood that was spent at the library trying to learn as much as I could out of a book because that was all that I had to learn from. I think that the internet is both a blessing and a curse.  Humankind survived for thousands of years without it and now I fear that if we didn't have it for a week people wouldn't know how to handle themselves.

I think that my goal for the next week is going to be to spend less time attached to my phone.  I know that it will be hard because I am just as guilty as everyone else as using my phone as an appendage of my body but I think that it will be good for me. So here's to cutting back on technology (she said as she types on her MacBook Pro, using the internet while her phone lights up with a text message and a Snapchat), this should be interesting.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Orange

I'm not sure if y'all have heard of the leadership color quiz (I don't think that's the real name).  I just checked it's not the real name, it's called the True Colors Personality Quiz.  My roommate was talking about how she's blue and gold and I decided to take it.  

There are 4 colors, blue, gold, green and orange.  As you may have guessed from the title of this post I'm orange.  As I was scoring myself I had to laugh, the lowest score you can get is 5 and the highest you can get is 20.  I was 17 points orange and 5 points gold, so I guess I'm really not gold.  

Orange: "I act on a moments notice.  I am witty, charming and spontaneous.  I consider life  a game, here and now.  I am impulsive, generous and impact.  I need fun, variety, stimulation and excitement.  I am optimistic, eager and bold. I value skill, resourcefulness and courage.  I am physical, immediate and fraternal.  I am a natural trouble shooter, a performer, a competitor. 

I crossed out optimistic because I'm more of a realist but otherwise the quiz was very accurate on my personality.  What really made me laugh was the signs of a bad day for an orange personality type.

Symptoms of a bad day:  Rudeness and defiance, breaking the rules intentionally, running away, use of stimulants, acting out boisterously, lying and cheating, physical aggressiveness.  

As I read them out loud to my roommate she started laughing at the 'use of stimulants' and I asked what kind of stimulant it's talking about.  She looked me right in the face and laughed out the word 'caffeine.'  Okay, so maybe the quiz was a little accurate.

What this quiz really did for me was helped me think about what kind of job I want in the future.  One of the qualities of an orange at work is 'bored and restless with jobs that are routine and structured' and I felt that on a spiritual level.  I really don't like sitting at a desk, more than once since starting a job that has me sitting at a desk all day I've felt restless and needed to get up and walk around (this happens like 4 times a day, oops).

I want a job that will keep my on my toes, a day in the office here and there is good but I don't like to be a bump on a log just sitting around all day.  Another quality of an orange at work is that I am a natural performer. Yep, that sounds about right.  I think that's why I liked waitressing so much,  It was never the same day twice, I got to interact with so many different types of people and I was always moving.  

So my challenge to myself this week is to brainstorm potential career options that give me that freedom and that allow me to shine because let's be honest, the whole world is my stage. I know jobs like that exist and I hope that one day I'll have one because if I've learned anything about myself at work over the past 2 months (can you believe I've almost been here for 2 months?) is that I don't thrive behind a desk all day.

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week and try taking the quiz, I found it to be really enlightening!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Free Food

I've officially been a college graduate for about four months now and yet I still won't pass up a free meal, maybe that's something that will never change.

I will go out of my way to get a free breakfast, even if it means waking up an hour early, I will spend my days at college activity fairs for work because there's free pizza most of the time, I' not sure that I will ever outgrow the desire for a free meal.  Food always seem to taste better when it's free, at least it does to me.

Maybe it's because I'm living at poverty level, maybe in a few years when I'm making real, actual money I'll say no to the free breakfast that means I have to wake up an hour early, I'll pass on the free pizza, I'll say no the cookies being handed my way, but for now I won't.

I guess that's all part of learning to be an adult.  I have to weigh the pros and cons of waking up for that breakfast.  I chose to spend a year at poverty level and thus far I don't regret it, it's a great experience and usually once a week I luck out and get a free meal out of it, not that that's the reason I'm doing what I'm doing, that would be silly.

So for now I'm going to end this post, it was rather pointless and mostly I just wanted to talk about food because I'm hungry and I already ate my dinner.  It turns out being an adult is a lot of days that run together and some weeks I just don't feel inspired to write, so sorry about that.