If you get a solid eight hours of sleep every night, I’m pretty sure that you’ve never experienced the haze. That’s what I’m feeling right now — the haze that settles over you when you’re not quite asleep, but very much not awake — you’re somewhere in between, vaguely aware as time passes all around you. Some people chase after the feelings of calm and nonchalance that the haze can provide through using drugs or alcohol — for me, it all came down to an urgent presentation that was assigned late and due noon the next day.
No matter where you go in life; no matter what experience you have in the lands that pepper the face of this globe — you will be forever connected to your homeland. Whether that’s the place where you were born or the place where you spent a good deal of your life growing up, we look at these places with some degree of fondness — sometimes so much that we’re surprised by the word s that come out of our mouths!
While Batman & Robin was a horrible movie, they did get something right — the soundtrack. While little of it got much fanfare, it’s still enjoyable. It includes two Smashing Pumpkins songs that’re meant to be reflections of one another — “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning” and “The End is the Beginning is the End”. I think they hit the nail right on the head there — the end is the beginning is the end.
Today, I took some of my own advice and just enjoyed the day at hand. Between:
- Assembling a TV stand for Sarah;
- Going to Riverdale Farms to shoot wildlife; and
- Attending a surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law
If you were going to summarize the way you wish to live your life into a sentence or two, what would it look like? Carpe diem — seize the day? Live like there’s no tomorrow? Or maybe even look before you leap? Whatever it might be, everybody needs a motto.
I’ve mentioned perception before (http://201020k.com/the-2k11-247-cxxix-perception-is-in-the-eye-o); we often look at things the wrong way — without necessarily meaning to do so — and the world is a big place filled with lots of things. Even if it were possible to know everything — and fortunately, it’s not — the world is full of surprises. It’ll hit you with curveballs, it’ll catch you unguarded — it’s a random world out there.
I’ve definitely spoken on perception before, but let me drive the point home once more — a key reason why the world’s as messed up as it is is because too often we perceive things incorrectly.
Have you had arguments because someone only knows half of the story? Or got in trouble for something without understanding why the other person’s angry? Or maybe you’ve wrongly accused someone because your information all seemed to point in a certain direction, regardless of whether it was accurate?
Part of the problem is a plethora of perspectives!
Building on yesterday’s topic (http://bit.ly/reDgnB) of the 10,000 hours it takes to master a skill, an article I read this morning had me thinking about the other end of the spectrum. According to Metro’s “Just Google it: Students” article (http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/learn/article/968308–just-google-it-students), students use Google more than twice as much as any other research method, which leads to the fear that “poor research skills could hinder their future careers.” (Ironic, as in the same article they used “pour” instead of “pore” — but hey, who’s checking?) Probably true — I come from a unique time in history where my journey through high school was accompanied by a transformation of my research methods from using encyclopedias to encyclopedias on CD-ROM, to search engines, and now the ever-ubiquitous Google rules all, but can be tamed if you know how to search.
But I needed to start with the fundamentals first before I could be able to know how to look for things on Google. So I guess that leads to a bigger question —
There’s a saying about plans best laid that never turn out QUITE as intended rattling in the back of my head right now. All of us are born believing — if even for the briefest of moments — that we have the capacity to do something GREAT. Something AMAZING. That we can make our mark on the world and earn our rightful place in the history books. Nothing will stop us from our pursuit!
But we get older and things get more… complicated. We get compelling yet contradicting advice from everyone in our lives. We get all this stuff that distract us from our goals. We essentially fumble through the darkness without a match, trying to make sense of our lives and everything in them.
However, it can often feel like we’re not making any progress — like we’re chipping away at the statue ofr our lives bit by bit, but all it looks like right now is one big ol’ hunk of marble.
“A wise man told me don’t argue with fools
Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who”
Reading this blog, you might be led to believe that I’m an idealist. I write of a world that I can only dream of where we all get along and know how to behave. Where the problems of the world are solved collaboratively because we all realize that we have a united stake in bettering our world.
But you’d be wrong — I’m a realist. I’m completely aware that some people are NOT worth our time. You CAN’T win every battle. You WILL have crappy days. The world as it stands right now has its wonders and great moments, but largely, it’s REALLY messed up! Sometimes, it’s just not even worth it.
Like the time I almost got in a fight earlier this year.