Convenience

Pay attention and you can see that the big sell for our modern-day culture is convenience.

Don’t want to cook your food? Here it is on your doorstep. Don’t want to buy groceries, we will have them delivered.

I don’t even have to finish my sentences anymore on Gmail–it will finish them for me.

The convenience is nice. It isn’t something that everyone can afford. It is just so ironic to me that what makes our lives worth living is overcoming struggle.

If there is no adversity, I have a hard time finding a purpose.

Hand them a microphone

I figured out that if I stand outside on my front porch I can reach my buddy a couple miles away on the radio. The thing is once we tried it, we didn’t have anything to say. 

Hand a radio to a couple of five-year-olds and they will find plenty of things to talk about. 

Another example: Ask a stranger what their favorite song is, and they will have a hard time picking one. You can’t think of one song? 

There are no “right” answers. There are just answers. Answers to problems that need to be solved. There is a lot of ways from getting to A to Z. The road you choose is going to be windy. But it is a choice where to go. Use your compass, ignore the map.

What do we fear more?

The change itself or the fear of change?

Take masks. Something not controversial to wear in a hospital 10 years ago performing surgery or if you had the flu is now a hot button issue. Many that oppose masks are not actually afraid of wearing a mask but what it could symbolize–change.

Self-driving cars are another example. At first, you worry if a car can actually drive itself. Then with enough testing, data, and time, we seem to embrace it. (Yes, some quicker than others–after all many continued to buy cassettes when CD’s came around.) But now, delivery drivers are worried that self-driving vehicles will take their jobs. What then?

All are valid concerns. Because change happens faster and faster every day. In fact, it is happening faster than it ever has and it isn’t slowing down. Exhausting.

First, we must have the awareness of what it is we are afraid of. Then we can face the fear.

Reactionary culture

We live in a unique time where we are demanding more from the culture. Demanding more respect, to change things as they are, to create a more fair and just world.

This is good.

I have also seen the frustration carry over to things that are more trivial.

For example, Alta Ski Lifts made it very difficult to park at quite possibly the most popular trail head in the state. Now in the winter, ASL is essentially blocking a way to get into areas to ski like Grizzly Gulch unless you are willing to walk two hours.

Obviously, as a backcountry skier, that was infuriating. And you can read it if you take a spin on Instagram. Over and over again. After a while you begin to see that the reaction doesn’t match the crime.

Sure, it isn’t fair. There are lots of things that are not fair in our world. This is privilege we are talking about though. Most in the world can’t recreate like this.

Social media isn’t a platform to whine and complain. And we don’t need this type of media to mettle with the important work that is giving a voice to the voiceless. Do the hard work to assemble, not to complain. Step out of the way and give energy, don’t take it.

Recovery

Every piece of advice on getting stronger is to make sleep a priority. No one is saying stay up until 2 AM playing video games. You have to make recovery just as much of a priority as the workout in order to go again tomorrow.

There is wisdom in this.

I have found that it is easier to accomplish the “to do” list when I am already in the mindset to get things done. Not when I have more time on my hands. On the contrary, when I have less.

Pick a schedule that works. You can say from 10 AM to noon that is the time you are being productive. No emails. No checking Tweets. Time to do the work. And then the clock hits noon and you are done. Your sprint for the day is complete. Now it is time to rest.

If you are always available to get the next thing done, you’ll just burn yourself out. Get a proper rest and then repeat.

Looking for the roses

A brush of death makes us appreciate a sunset a bit more. You are no longer hurrying to the next meeting, you stop to smell the roses.

If you want to lose weight, all of sudden a magazine article catches your eye—something that has been there all along but now you are paying attention to.

If you want to write a book, you come across Scrivener and it looks to be a good option to purchase.

Much easier to make a friend when you are open to meeting new people.

Bottom line:

Things are happening all around us. We turn to what we are paying attention to.

Sometimes things fall in our lap but often we are looking for something to fill a need.

Monetizing hobbies

Esports has become a billion-dollar business. That is a lot of money. 50 years ago, you couldn’t play video games for money. This is quite a new phenomenon: You can turn a hobby and monetize it.

But not all hobbies should be monetized.

There is no reason to try to make money on TikTok or a blog or a song. That defeats the whole purpose of hobbies–doing it for fun and to share something generously.

Money ruins so much of what we do. It’s why so many people pick up a paintbrush feeling inspired to paint a picture and put it down when they think it isn’t very good.

“If your friends told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?”

Jumping off (metaphorical) bridges rarely, if ever, lead to anything going viral. It doesn’t result in big breakthroughs or innovation. And it probably won’t change the world either.

That’s because jumping off bridges is a selfish endeavor. It’s about peer pressure. A dare. A challenge in status.

That drive to fit in is enough to convince many of us to do things outside of our character.

It is difficult to stand up against the social pressures of the world, which is why many would rather give in than go against the culture.