I created this list based on things I’ve noticed myself doing, along with things I’ve noticed friends doing (sad, eh). What items have you noticed yourself doing?
- Post photos of yourself with hot people to attract new hot “friends”.
- Accept friend requests by random people only if they’re hot.
- Never accept a friend request by an ugly person. Never.
- Use your status updates to show how fabulous/fun/witty you are.
- Ditto for the “About Me” section.
- Immediately untag all unflattering photos of yourself.
- Add a faux vintage look to all photos you post.
- Never send a friend request within 24 hours of meeting someone. Never. It looks too needy.
- Constantly remind people how “busy” you are. You’ll look more important and come across as less available.
- Never post more than 1 status update per day. (see above)
Most people around my age are in the accumulation point in their life. They’re buying cars, houses and plasma TVs. Working harder and harder to buy more and more. More stuff they don’t need. One day, they’ll wake up and realize that their life is over-driven by stuff. Many of them will have the credit card bills to prove it.
Creating your own prison
How do you know if when you have too much stuff? Easy. When your stuff prevents you from doing something you want to do. Anytime your stuff is a reason for not doing.
An alternative is to simplify so you spend more time doing things you enjoy and less time managing and worrying about material possessions. Living a simple life is extremely freeing. Simplicity is flexibility. Simplicity is freedom. Too many material possessions eat a lot of energy, time, and money.
Don’t allow your life to be driven by the stuff you own. Choose doing over having.
The weather has been delightfully hot lately in Barcelona, perfect for hitting the beaches. Through selfless hard work and dedication, I’ve spent a lot of time on Marbella beach to document the various species found on Barcelona’s gay beach. Below is my analysis.
The Aussiebum Daddy – Found wearing a completely age inappropriate swimsuit. SEXY or some other similarly ridiculous phrase is often plastered across the (sagging) ass.
Sexy Spanish Men
The Nudest – Far too comfortable with being nude, which makes everyone else around him/her uncomfortable. Oddly enough, the people Continue reading
Forgetting how to work
I returned from my gap year in August of 2007 and started working at Tribune on January 2008. My first several months of corporate life were extremely difficult. There is a certain mindset and set of behaviors that make one excel in the corporate work setting, and I forgot them over the course of my 1+ year sabbatical from the cubical farm. The adjustment period was extremely difficult and I was struggling to produce results. Within a few months, I became reacclimated and started to feel comfortable and produce solid work.
Forgetting how to relax
Letting loose and relaxing used to be much easier for me. I feel more burdened with a compulsive desire to analyze everything. I complete work related tasks every day and I still have an anxious feeling that nothing is getting done and that I’m somehow wasting time.
Finding the balance
I did not want to become another victim of the corporate world any more than I want to become a burnt out party-boy. One of my goals of my 3 month transition has been to cultivate that “carefree” side of my personality while still cultivating the “corporate” Chris.
My hope for my own life & career is that people can look at me and say “Chris is a really hard worker, but he’s a balanced guy who has fun and doesn’t take himself too seriously.”
How accurate are the perceptions people have of your personal characteristics based on how connected you are in a social network?
According to some recent research, “If you have too few “friends” on Facebook, people might think you’re a loser. Too many and people might think you’re a social slut.”
A recipe for anxiety?
What assumptions, if any, do you make of people that have 500+ friends on Facebook/LinkedIn? I have “only” 329 Facebook friends and already find it extremely difficult stay on top of the avalanche of status updates, photos, links and invitations. In fact, I’ve stopped trying. I no longer allow myself to get stressed out when I can’t. I no long feel like I’m missing part of the “conversation”.
When is the last time that you examined your surroundings, stared into space, or let your mind wander? We now live in a world where most people are ‘always on’, always connected, wherever they go. Unfortunately, Continue reading