Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Modern Measure of Success : 2nd Edition

I'm already re-visiting a previous blog post!? Have I run out of ideas this fast!? No... I just wanted to write about this while it was fresh in my head, and after I sobered up a little! So why don't we just get right down to it! While listening to the Nerdist Podcast yesterday (which I highly recommend...for those of you who care), I noted co-host Matt Mira's mention that he had been getting a lot of hate from people on the internet! Let's fill you in, if you don't know! Matt is a ... let's say "heavy-set" gentleman, who has of late, and surely to his credit, been making great strides in losing weight and living healthier and advancing his career in comedy! So, naturally, there would be a lot of hate directed at him by "the internet", because he's actually doing something with his life and he is a semi-public figure. I'm not saying it's point of fact I think it's deplorable, as did his fellow podcast hosts. But I must admit, it is, in all its unfortunateness, to be expected! Anytime somebody in the public eye makes a mistake, they are publicly chastised for it... and likewise, anytime somebody in the public eye makes an attempt to better themselves, they are publicly ridiculed for it! In some circles this is known as a "crab in the bucket" mentality. Anytime one of the crabs tries to crawl out of the bucket, the other crabs pull it back down! Lord forbid somebody make anything of themselves and shine a light on how we fail on a daily basis! And the internet, with its veil of anonimity, is the perfect forum for people to try and get you down without being judged publicly and in person... like the crabs they are! But there is an upside to this phenomenon!

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Charmed Life

Just a quick thought I had this morning when I woke up!

Some people live what I like to think of as "A Charmed Life". Surprisingly it's got less to do with how much money they have than you might think! Now, don't get me wrong, that doesn't hurt, but it's not what I'm talking about! There are just some people who seem to have their shit together! Moreso than me at least...which isn't saying a whole lot at the moment. But what exactly am I rambling about? Well, let's break it down.

I have friends who seemingly always knew what they were going to do "when they grew up". Friends who got to college already knowing that they were going to become educators or junior executive types or doctors or guys who work for NASCAR and ESPN. They had a plan! And other friends got to college, got a degree and somewhere along the line discovered a particular passion. Like my friend who got a degree in Music Education and is now very happy as a firefighter! Hobbies turn into professions pretty quick too... like being a sports photographer! But one thing seems to tie all of these people thing which I don't seem to have (as of yet), and that's "Passion"!  I just don't have that!

I'd love to be famous for absolutely nothing...unfortunately I'm not pretty enough to be on a reality t.v. show! So I suppose it would serve me well to be good at something. But that's the thing isn't it!?! I don't have the foggiest idea what that something might be. So here I am, whiling away my time writing random blog posts, and compulsively tweeting and watching all the t.v. there is to be seen in the world... and I don't know what I want to do. For example, I've had this story rattling around in my head for years, but I can't bring myself to put words on paper! (Those pesky first words...What would the first note of your Magnum Opus be?)  I've got certain marketable skills (I think...I might be wrong) but, best case scenario... I don't know how to market them or in what field to apply them. I don't have a "family business" to step into or a "life-long dream" to follow.

Now, lest I give you the impression that this is a pity party of a post (where could I market a skill for alliteration... an Ad Agency maybe? I could do the Mad Men thing...where's my time machine!?), what I'm driving at is this: If you've got something in your life that you're trying to accomplish, a dream to chase, or a plan to execute, or even a hobby that you're passionate about, you are leading a charmed life! Good for you! Seriously! And if you're like me, searching for something to make it all worth while... I suppose you can join me and keep searching!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


According to the "fine folks" over at Family Radio Worldwide, there are only, at the time of this posting, 17 days remaining until Judgement Day! Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself!      

I'm not particularly fond of having that text affiliated with my blog...but absurdity is, more often than not, the purpose of my internet presence (that's a fancy way of saying, "my blog and twitter account"...although facebook's been getting in on the act lately too...but I digress).  The point is... Either they're right, in which case I'm gonna be supremely pissed off...or they're wrong, in which case they'll be like every other doomsday predicting fringe group of loons and kooks in history.