blogging, gratitude, Miscellaneous

Thank You!

WordPress just let me know that I now have 50 followers! Maybe that’s not very many for some of the more seasoned bloggers out there, but I am ecstatic and so grateful to have any followers at all! Thank you to every one of you – I don’t know you one on one but I appreciate you SO much!

As I’m sure many of you know – it’s challenging to write a blog and to have no idea if people will like or appreciate what you have to say. It’s scary putting your thoughts out there – even in a semi-anonymous way…There’s always a fear of rejection, public humiliation, and generally feeling like your ideas are stupid or just plain blog-unworthy, so thank you for making me feel welcome and safe here!

So, why do you blog? And what do you like to read about? 

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Miscellaneous

Pharmacists

Is it just me or do most pharmacists tend to be on the grouchy and ornery side? Is there something about being around all those millions of dollars of drugs that’s depressing or soul-sucking? Is being a pharmacist like being a doctor but without the warm patient-doctor connection? Is it too transactional to allow the joy that comes from caring for another human to be present? Perhaps it’s the fluorescent lighting and the Top 40 music and announcements from above that Safeway, Walgreens, and all other corporations insist on playing just slightly too loud…

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Miscellaneous, Psychology, Self-Care

Emotional Manipulation

This piece about Emotional Manipulation was thought-provoking…especially the section describing when an emotional manipulator “always has it worse than you.” That is something that constantly bugs me – when people complain endlessly and feel like they need to constantly talk about how stressed they are, how much work they have, and how terrible various things are in their life. Are you saying all that to make yourself feel better? Are you saying it so that I’ll feel guilty that I have such a stress-free life compared to you? Are you just venting? Because constantly complaining and playing “Who Has It Worse?” is one of the most annoying qualities a person can have – it’s like a competitive Stress Olympics and in the end there are no winners, only whiners.

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Miscellaneous, Psychology, Social Justice

“No news is good news”

Ignorance really is bliss…and I have some experience to show for it. I used to read the news almost religiously – I had a physical subscription to the local newspaper back in the day (what a concept!) plus I spent at least an hour every day reading news online and also had email news alerts set up.

Over the past year I’ve dwindled that down to checking the news online roughly once a week…that’s it! While it may seem like now I’m way less knowledgable about current events (which is undeniably true) – I’ve also felt an emotional burden lifted. Because as we all know, the news is straight-up depressing. I think I felt more guilt-tripped (by my inner anti-capitalist pro-education feminist?) to read the news more than anything else – it was almost like an emotionally-masochistic habit. It was more painful for me to regularly hear about murder, rape, war, disease, destruction, US political woes, human trafficking, and other forms of oppression worldwide – rather than useful or informative in any way.

I’m not encouraging anyone to “be more ignorant” by any means – I guess what I am realizing from my own experience is something really simplistic and survivalist: if something makes you feel bad, don’t do it!

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& TV shows, Books, Generation Y, Intersectionality, Miscellaneous, Movies, Psychology

Growing up with “The Challenge”

After listening to Grantland‘s latest podcast that featured a nostalgic and ego-filled interview of Johnny Bananas from MTV’s The Challenge – I’ve recently gotten back into the show and have been watching the classic seasons. I’m talkin’ pooka shell choker necklaces, sideways caps, & mohawks…these were even the days before they had T-Mobile Sidekicks. I just finished Fresh Meat I which was a little mind-blowing because the OGs of today’s Challenge were the fresh meat back in 2006. It’s fascinating – like watching 10-year-old home video of your friends being rowdy, except you might love these people but can’t manage to respect them and you suspect they’re insane but can’t look away. So many thoughts…

  • Did anyone actually ever watch Road Rules? (I had to read the wikipedia page to familiarize myself with it because I had only ever heard that it was a “moving Real World” that MTV aired in the 90’s)
  • Wes went on National television with a legitimate mohawk… 
  • The challenges back in the day were cake compared to what they are now! Back in the early 2000’s they had to slather themselves with oatmeal and hold onto ropes for as long as possible…nowadays the final challenge is comparable to straight up torture; it often involves several stages of rafting, running, swimming, biking, rock-climbing, and/or hiking while the castmates are deprived of proper sleep and food for 24+ hours
  • Wes may be mentally ill…Scratch that, many of these people may suffer from some form of mental illness involving delusions of grandiosity and self-importance. But hey MTV is their enabler, so who can blame em?
  • TJ did not even try that hard in the early days, he’s really stepped up his game in pretending to care about the castmates and the show in general
  • The sexism in these shows is pretty terrifying at times…whether it’s digs at women being “weak” and “worthless” or male cast-members screaming “hurry up you stupid bitch!” at their female team members. Scary stuff – props to the women that defy stereotypes by kicking ass and confronting the sexism in the show

All in all – a classic show that is so entertaining because it builds a bubble so small and so removed from real life that these people are actually brought to the brink of humanity. This show has everything from love stories to rivalries to the risk of mortal injury…watching these shows is how I imagine the Romans felt sitting in the Colosseum to watch gladiators fight to the death. It’s gruesome, it’s shameful, and it feels sooo good.

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Miscellaneous, Psychology

Silence

I’m making my way through the audiobook of The Power of Now and at chapter seven Eckhart Tolle discusses ‘the unmanifested’. To be honest I don’t completely understand what the unmanifested is but if I had to guess – I would describe it as the ultimate state of being, stillness, enlightenment, and the purest essence of spirituality (you can insert a kind of god or whatever you believe in here). Tolle describes that silence is the best way to observe and experience the unmanifested – an idea that I find really fascinating since humans in our current society pretty much avoid silence at all costs.

Whether through continued conversation, listening to music in earphones while on a silent bus, talking to oneself, keeping the tv on in an empty house, or the radio on in a quiet car – we avoid silence. Silence makes us uncomfortable, silence is awkward, silence is a lack of interesting activity. Silence is life in its most bare shape – it reminds us that we are here, on this earth, and in these bodies…and Tolle argues that silence should comfort us and make us feel at peace, rather than squirmy and uncomfortable, and constantly thinking about the future or what interesting thing can or will happen next.

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