The reason people stay In a bad situation is because they fear falling into a worse situation. The grass is always greener on the other side, but if the grass is brown, why lose the grass you have. It is especially hard to move on from a familiar situation when you have doubts, but risks must be taken to make it anywhere. Most people are creatures of habit, they go about their day drinking the same coffee and doing the same rituals, there is nothing wrong with that, but what happens when something beyond their control disrupts their schedule. Is anyone really ready for the total derailment of their mundane lives? Is there even a way to actually prepare yourself for life’s inevitable changes? Or do we just have to adapt as they come. I think it is best to life your life in a manner that is new daily, try to change up your activities or meals, and don’t get caught doing the same thing too often. I know unexpected change is uncomfortable, but since change will happen anyway why not control as much of it as you can. I like to see certain change like any other obstacle, if you are correctly prepared for it, you can overcome it.
The human race is extremely interesting and remarkable. Throughout time humans have defied nature and shown we can construct the ability to fly, deep sea dive, and travel into space. The human brain has shown to be man’s most useful tool, but the items produced by the brain are not the height of its usefulness. The human brain has the ability to develop some interesting functions, today I read about a blind man named Daniel Kish who learned to navigate his surroundings using echolocation. As a child Daniel was allowed to discover his surroundings more freely than a blind child regularly would, and with that freedom he developed a method of mapping out his world. Daniel made clicking sounds with his mouth or his cane and used the echoes that returned to form a picture of his environment, without actually being able to see it. He has advanced his ability to such a level that he is able to bike through wilderness regions. The story of Daniel leads me to wonder about the actual limits of the human mind, most people believe what they are taught, but imagine if more people would disregard societal norms and actual push their brain to do more. There is a common myth that humans only use about 10% of their brain capacity, even though it is just a myth, it was probably used to help people understand how some can harness such astounding abilities. In this world that is so concerned with normalcy, it is amazing that humans can deviate from the norm and form new abilities through natural adaptation. Human adaptation is extremely intriguing, hopefully one day all humans will be able to use abilities such as echolocation completely unhindered.
What ever happened to the news? There was a time when you would tune into a local or cable network and be informed about what was going on in your world. Today the news has regressed into a cesspool of pop culture topics and irrelevant “scientific” studies. It is sad to see how much the news has changed within the last 20 years. In the past, different newscasts covered different topics, and it was basically up to the viewer to decide what they wanted to hear. Today you would be hard pressed to find more than one unique story across all local news broadcasts. Television news seems to be going the way of print news, with the advent of smartphones the news is now closer than ever. Social media platforms, along with the Internet, deliver news to consumers at break neck speeds. Since television news could not compete with first hand, up to the minute news, they have shifted to more fluff based reporting. While the news is a business, it seems the producers have lost touch with their major demographic. Television news producers need to focus on keeping their current viewer base of baby boomers and elderly folks, instead of trying to compete with the Internet. Social media should be used to connect with the Millennials they so desperately want watching, by fully involving them in the conversation. This year looks to be a transitional year for television, with many people fed up with programing and too busy to sit down for a show, the Internet is quickly becoming the only place to consume media. Rather than trying to compete with it or emulate it Television networks as a whole need to embrace the change and make the transition to net based viewership.
In yesterday’s blog I delved into issues that plagued universities of America. I went over my beliefs that colleges should tailor curriculums more towards real world expectations and less on student desires. The cost of college today is generally not as rewarding as it used to be, while the blame can easily be placed on students, I would say businesses and colleges are just as guilty. Many businesses these days seem to be apprehensive towards the idea of hiring new graduates, it seems as though every entry-level position requires 3-5 years of experience. I remember searching for work when I first graduated, I was shocked by the amount of experience some positions required, I even wondered if any recent graduate was fitting for the positions. I now know there are other paths to getting the needed experience, though loans need to be paid back and internships do not always pay. The fact that college has become somewhat of a necessity has also damaged the value of a college education. There are now hundreds, if not thousands of accredited colleges in the United States, and many of them are full of students hopeful to get a degree. I believe everyone who wants to get a college degree should be able to attain one, however everyone does not want a college education. There are many newly accredited colleges that seem to do a poor job of actually preparing students for employment. I feel as though some colleges are just in existence for the money, many of these smaller “trade schools” seem to leave their graduates stranded with little job placement, and very specific skills. Colleges and businesses need to find a way to lessen the exploitation of high school students, I hope in the near future the two entities can partner with each other to build an environment that is both lucrative for them and advantageous for the students.
The idea of going to college has lost its luster in recent years, and there are multiple factors that have made one of the “safe bets” of the 20th century seem increasingly risky. In my opinion the most blame must go to the universities. Colleges these days push a liberal arts curriculum on students and foster a “do what you want” culture, leading students to actually believe they can make it like mom and dad did, but do it their own way. The schools in turn leave their thousands of “modern procrastination” majors with little more than massive debt, a piece of paper, and a belief that they are ready for the “real world.” I understand a major is the student’s choice and that they should decide on a lucrative one, but I believe colleges need to change their approach. Schools need to give students a way to learn successful skills while still allowing ample time to feed their curiosity with diverse interest courses. My proposal would most likely extend the expected timeframe of college studies, but I feel it can be achieved without adding time to a degree by eliminating some liberal arts requirements. I don’t want to sound like I am attacking liberal arts, since I did graduate with an English major, but I would have discovered my love of literature through interest courses and found my way to this major without liberal arts requirements. Colleges need to go through a rebranding of sorts, without taking away from the pride of the university. I think universities should work on teaching student what they need to know, while staying away from the trends of online colleges. It is no small task to make colleges “work” for the students again, but it is worth it to try and rebuild America’s faith in higher education. I want to stick with this topic for another post or two since I have so much to say about it, so this will be my first multiple post topic.
Growing up in America has definitely changed from when I was a child. I know I’m not that old, but kids these days are just way different from how we were in the past. There is no simple way to form a comparison, but I have compiled 4 major reasons why I feel growing up in the 90s was better than growing up in the 2000s.
I know the food of the 90s was majorly unhealthy, but it tasted so good. In the 1990s everything had more sugar, and with the more health conscious consumer of today, those products would sell extremely poorly. The food of today has a distinct lack of variety, everything is just a clone of a clone. Perhaps we were all just guinea pigs, used for a wide scale taste test, either way the food and snacks were just better with more sugar and coloring.
- Scientific studies
Maybe it was due to less available funding, or more actual scientific progress, but in the 90s scientific studies were not as widely reported and as wildly overblown as they are today. My parents and I watched the news all the time while I was growing up, and at no time did I hear reports about how “dogs prefer new toys,” that is an actual recent scientific study. I guess it could be due to the fact that the media had more to report, but I honestly only remember legitimate scientific news being widely discussed.
Toys are dead, nobody cares about Barbie or G.I. Joe anymore. The only way children even learn about toys is through television shows and movies, but I will get to that. A friend of mine who was teaching a class asked a group of children what they wanted for Christmas, and all of the children wanted an iPad or a Nintendo WiiU. Toys of today are unoriginal and uninspired, it’s a shame that kids today may not be able to make nostalgic purchases in the future, since their old iPads will be outdated and probably broken.
Where do I start with this one, television today is out of control. I decided to watch cartoon network for a little while, and I realized most of the shows are basically drug-induced fantasies full of jokes that I would not have understood as a child. Maybe the children of today are more advanced than 90s children, or maybe all of these shows are actually for adults, but have childish characters to be “kid friendly.” I also dislike how every show is a blatant advertisement for a video game, a toy, or a movie. In the 90s we had shows that pushed toys in micro ads, now some shows are just advertisements, the most popular toys and games are tied to specific shows that are based on them.
There are many differences between growing up 20 years ago and growing up today. I really hope the kids today have solid memories of their childhood, and a basis of comparison to the very different world they will be living in 20 years from now.
Writing is at times one of the easiest things to do, you sit down and just begin to spill your thoughts out on paper. Writing can also be extremely difficult, especially when you are trying to force yourself to write. When you write, you should find yourself in a place where you know what you want to say and how you want to say it. Writing is a job or hobby of passion, you shouldn’t consider everything you write as an assignment or you will quickly start to hate it. I like to see writing as a hobby of relaxation, while many would rather go on an early morning fishing trip, I like to sit back and jot down my thoughts as a method of easing my mind. Story telling is a very important factor in writing, humans have been using pictures and words as forms of expression for thousands of years. The evolution of writing, from its inception to now, has been quite drastic. I like to wonder what the future holds for writing and story telling as a whole, with the speed of technological growth I hope there is a place for written literature in the future. I believe writing is an important practice that needs to be preserved, every single person should have a chance to express his or her dreams, fears, and stories on paper, and I hope technology never detracts from that ability.
I miss the days when snow was actually fun, back when I was a child or even a college student, snow was all fun and games. There was nothing to clean up, no school to go to, and just an excuse to sit at home or go out and play. Adult snow days yield a wide range of emotional responses, they can be boring, upsetting, and even downright annoying. Adult snow days include shoveling snow, cleaning off cars, cancelling plans, and worrying about delayed flights, it’s a long way from the elation that once came with snowy weather. I still enjoy snow, I love how it looks when it falls, I love throwing a nicely packed snowball at an unsuspecting friend, and I love building snowmen, but the stress that comes with snow far outweighs the fun of it. Snow days are one of the things kids, in areas that snow at least, really take for granted. I remember loving snow days, but never giving much thought to anything other than the lack of school, and the joys that came with it. I guess one of the major benefits of being a child is having the chance to just enjoy moments without worrying about fully comprehending them, and snow days are just another moment to enjoy. I will be enjoying my snow day by digging out my car, then attempting to warm myself up with hot cocoa and a movie. Hopefully those of you caught in similar weather can find an enjoyable way to relieve the stress.
There has recently been much talk in the science arena about space travel beyond the moon, specifically travel to Mars. I am extremely intrigued by the notion of interplanetary travel but I am also concerned with the ability we have to safely get a human to Mars, then back home to Earth. I am confident Earthlings will have the ability to travel to mars within the next decade, but considering our lack of resources on the red planet and the planet’s size, I am skeptical of our ability to get back. I think it would be wise to build another space station, further out in the solar system, to work as a mid point and refueling station for the trip. The planet Mars is 140 million miles away from Earth in a straight line, and given the fastest speed of a manned spacecraft to date it would take about 235 days to get there. Keeping in mind variables such as planetary position and the fact that space travel has advanced well past the fastest manned ship of 1969, modern estimates read 150 – 300 days to get to Mars. Humans would literally need a truckload of supplies just to get to Mars let alone what is needed to stay and build on Mars. There is actually a project known as “Mars One” that is focused on building a settlement on Mars with everyday people. The Mars One project has been touted as a one-way ticket to mars, and participants of this mission were chosen via an online sign up and careful evaluation. I am generally concerned with this mission due to the lack of experience of the “settlers” as well as the lack of technology. I hope in time, if they plan to go through with Mars One, skilled astronauts will be used to shepherd these settlers to their new home planet. Mars travel is dream to many and while it is definitely years away, it is promising to see the brilliant minds and technology behind it. I am extremely optimistic for the future of interplanetary travel.
Motivation is a very interesting subject, motivation can be defined as a strong drive to accomplish a goal or overcome an obstacle. Every successful person can plainly state their motivation for achieving their goals, no matter how rudimentary, yet everyone has a different source of motivation. While some are motivated by the drive to prove others wrong, many can actually be motivated by the desire to prove themselves right. Highly motivated individuals generally do not need much external encouragement, these individual are driven by the drive to prove they are as good as they think they are. Consider the great basketball player Michael Jordan, he was famously cut from a high school basketball team, yet grew up to be arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. I understand many people would believe Jordan was trying to prove the high school coaches wrong, but upon watching his career and his social interactions, its easy to see he is just a competitive, highly motivated guy, who knew he was the best. Motivation is something of a mystery when it comes down to it, I am mostly intrigued by how several individuals can be in the exact same situation, yet derive motivation from different sources. Is motivation something we are born with, or is it a learned behavior? I guess motivation could be a product of both nature and nurture, a circumstance that motivates some could cause others to completely give up. There are people in this world who could be considered “hyper motivated” individuals. A “hyper motivated” person is extremely resilient, and almost unbreakable, these individuals can go far beyond their perceived breaking point and come back to achieve well above their set goals. While it is difficult to actually pinpoint the origin of motivation, it is important to understand what motivates you, and to use it to reach your goals.