A few days ago I came across the article, “I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity.“. I know at first glance it looks like just another clickbait article, but it’s actually a good read. The conclusion I drew from it was simple, that I should demand more from my social networks and work harder to push for discourse instead of contributing to some karma-hoarding echo chamber. I’ve already been at it for a few days and I can tell that using Facebook is a much more enjoyable experience. It’s especially nice considering I spend most of my day alone talking to myself, so it’s good to actually communicate with others when I’m on Facebook procrastinating.
It also reminded me of a bit from Hank Green’s video on vlogging, which you can watch below.
Another important rule: do not be afraid to try. I know that failing at something stings a lot less if you didn’t really try hard, but it’s also much more likely.
I don’t remember the last time I consciously tried. It’s easy to go through a day and do work according to whatever standards you have set for yourself; you’re just maintaining what you’re used to. But it’s different if you instead try to go above and beyond that norm. I miss the visceral feeling of attempting something beyond the scope of what I’ve done in the past! I want to, need to bring that back somehow.
Part of doing that is thinking about grad school as a challenge and not as a money sink. I register for classes tomorrow, so I think it’ll sink in for me once that is completed. Then I’d like to work up my immunity to passivity in my every day life. And that itself is a whole ‘nother blog post.
Also, here are some vlogs that are related and useful. I think the list was initially going to be longer, but then this post took too long to write and I need to get my sleep.