Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Life full of mania with a dash of humor and a slice of normality (those are the secret ingredients) Vol 1 Issue 26

What lies before me is undoubtedly a daunting task but I had a decent night sleep last night (I only was woken up about 3 or 4 times by my crazy dreams involving quoting movies that I was making up at the time, weird I know) and feel that I am up to the challenge. Never before attempted on this blog I am going to try and achieve a world record (false) by connecting White Castle Chicken Rings (amazing BTW), the fact that the world is said to be truly flat, advancement in corporate America, and my IQ of 164 (well that is highly debatable but what else can you expect from an iPhone app) all in one post.

My usual daily bed-e-bye time (yes I still call it that, pathetic I know) consists of me surfing through my iPhone apps to catch up on the news and to entertain me during breaks in football. Last night I downloaded an IQ test and was completely astonished to realize that while at the same time that I only could interrupt 2 of the 8 or so questions I scored a 164 (I’m a good guesser). Now the previous night during this routine the fast food hunger instantly hit me as I was perusing through the Street (that’s what I call the Wall Street Journal to make it hip) and the only thing I could think of was White Castle Chicken Rings. I skipped (ok walked, but my excitement was nonetheless still evident) down to my car and made my way across the river to the deliciousness awaiting me in circular form.

While waiting for my turn to be as polite as possible to the intercom and thereby the employee speaking to me from it (pet peeve I, people that get upset and yell at fast food people, come on you’re at an establishment that prides themselves on serving you hot food in less than 3 minutes, what do you expect) I noticed that on their menu board you can order in advance. I actually laughed aloud at the mere concept that we as a society are so fixated on going and going and going that we have to order fast food in advance. I’m still in awe of it right now.

I’m not passing judgment without consideration as I was once part of this mass of common thought that if you’re not moving up your dying off. I was a loyal follower of corporate America’s philosophy of advancement for the betterment of you. It’s definitely difficult to not get caught up in this whirlwind “revolutionary” train of thought. I mean who doesn’t’ want to better themselves, who doesn’t want to make the most of their life, who doesn’t want to make a lot of money, who doesn’t want to succeed? But at what price?

I know I fell victim of the belief that if I was not advancing myself right now that I was missing out on something else better down the road. If I didn’t order my chicken rings in advance I might be a minute late for my meeting because of which my boss would give my promotion to my team member who ordered food in. But a weird thing happened after my episode, I woke up. I’m not trapped in a dream bubble (I got out of the Witt bubble a few years ago, I think) and am ignoring the fact that in order to succeed someone must advance. I’m just asking why does it take top priority and have to be right now? I feel like we’re missing out on something.

It really concerns me when dealing with the medical staffs I’ve encountered since my diagnosis. The whole time I was being treated it seemed like all the priority was advancing me to the next stage. Get me to their ideal level or what have you. We were always pushing to advance my treatment without taking account on what was really happening I feel, and what if we are missing something because we know it to be true from past experiences and advancements. What’s wrong with slowing down for a second to try to become aware of what’s going on to better understand it. Why must we rush through life always trying to advance ourselves rather than being grateful for what we have, who knows what we might learn. We knew it to be true 1600 years ago that the Earth was flat. We knew it to be true 450 years ago that the Earth was the center of the Universe. We knew it to be true 145 years ago that slavery was acceptable in society. We knew it to be true 90 years ago that women did not have the abilities to vote. We knew it to be true 15 years ago that I couldn’t share this with the world by a simple click of the mouse. What do we know to be true today? (Success on achieving the world record I think).

Since many of my manic experiences involve music I’ve decided to add random music videos to the blog for my enjoyment and your inconvenience. Enjoy!

Coming Correct,

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