1) There are have been a few times where I picked up my phone and automatically looked to load the twitter app. Thankfully, I removed the app but my thumb went right to where it was automatically. I even mindlessly clicked the twitter link on my browser so I removed that as well.
2) Without social media on my phone I use my phone a lot less. There have been moments where I pickup my phone, look at it, and wonder why I’m doing that because there’s no notifications or new updates. It’s just a reflex action of pick up phone and stare at it because there’s always something new on social media. Also, my battery now lasts forever, yesterday when I went to bed it was still at over 80%!
3) Turns out I actually hate politics. I thought I was interested in politics, but it turns out I was only interested in the sense out outrage it causes when delivered through twitter. This week I’ve actually had time to read long form articles about what’s happening in American politics and I didn’t feel outrage, I felt tremendous sadness. Consequently, I unfollowed my news sources in Feedly and I plan to unfollow any sort of political people when I go back on twitter. What the world needs more than anything right now is some happiness and joy so I’ve decided not to add any more fuel to the fire and instead I’m just going to post funny quips and stuff, no more politics.
4) I’ve actually been reading more. I used to sit down to read and check twitter first, then 30-45 minutes later I’d start reading. Sometimes I’d even stop reading for a while just to go back and check twitter again. Now I find myself more focused on what I’m reading because there’s no distractions.
5) I’m actually writing this 🙂 If I wasn’t taking a break… I’d probably be on twitter, right… now.
I’ve heard that there’s an age where the music you’re listening to at that time sticks with you for the rest of your life. I see it all the time with older people being stuck in a certain age. They feel that “THAT” music is “REAL” music and anything else is garbage. For my Mom it’s sometime in the late 50s and early 60s. I’m not sure what it is about those years of our lives that makes music so impactful but I certainly see it in myself as well.
For me the era that was most impactful was the early 90s. It was late in my high school years and early in college that I guess I really started listening to music and hearing it for the first time. I’ve always listened to music but the early 90s is always my go to for when I want something comfortable to listen to. Mainly I listen to the Accuradio 1990s Alternative station but the audio quality isn’t great so I started adding those albums on iMusic to build up a playlist. Before I knew it the 90s had taken over my phone and there wasn’t much else on there. During car rides I found myself pressing the skip button endlessly, not because I didn’t like the song, but because I was just so tired of it. At that point I realized I was stuck in a musical rut and had to break out.
My phone currently has no music on it. I erased everything so that I wouldn’t be able to fall back into the same boring stuff. Now on my car rides I pick an Apple Music station, but it HAS to be a modern station that plays music from the last 5 years and I can only skip a song if it’s truly terrible. Lately I’ve been listening to Apple’s Adult Alternative station and I’m enjoying it. I can’t really comment on what artists have caught my ear because I don’t actually know any of them. I guess that will come with time.
What this comes down to is forcing myself out of my comfort zone and trying new things. We all get stagnant in life doing the same things over and over again and I don’t think that’s good for anyone. Sometimes we have to be uncomfortable to grow, that’s probably why they call them growing pains. I think everyone should do this kind of thing once in a while to find new and interesting stuff, since there’s a lot of cool stuff out there that we never see since we’re buried in what we already know. I think I’m going to start trying this on other areas of my life as well. Right now though I’m really enjoying this new sonic journey. Give it a try, maybe you’ll like it too.
In case you were curious why I’ve been posting more lately, it’s due to the way I interact with this site. Since I used to believe that this was hallowed ground for important long form dissertations on important topics I only used my laptop, and laptops, are for work… silly right?
When I was recently listening to the Art of Manliness podcast about habits, one of the tips for forming a habit was to make it easier to perform. For example, if you want to floss more, leave the floss out next to your toothpaste. Simple. I’ve applied that here and put the word press app on my phone. I always have my phone (I’m typing this on my phone right now) so might as well use what’s easy.
The small downside to this will inevitably be a bevy of typos, but at least I’m exercising my writing more than ever now (even if it is with just my thumbs.) I figure that I probably type a novel a week in text messages so why not do the same in this space? That being said, if you see a typo, blame autocorrect.
I am going to pick up that Atomic Habits book at some point and see what wisdom I can squeeze out of it but in the meantime if you want to hear the podcast I’ve linked to it below. It’s really good.
Here’s the link to that Art of Manliness podcast.
When I was young and single I decided it was time to get my ass in shape and find someone to share my life with. That getting in shape part didn’t happen but I did lose some weight and look better. That was 15 years ago and since then I’ve put on about 50lbs. Funny what a family and work can do.
Anyway, much like many other fat bearded 40year old men I am going to start a personal adventure of getting back to my marriage weight.
When I got married I was 220lbs and after 15 years of steady 3.33lbs of unlost holiday weight I am currently 270lbs. My goal is to be back to 220 by the time I die… or maybe 2020. 50lbs, one year… sure why not.
This whole time I’ve been under the assumption that I can only put long form “important” things here. I kept telling myself “this isn’t twitter boy, you gotsa write meaningful things in this space!” Well, fuck that, I’m going to start putting everything here, all the same garbage I litter social media with on a daily basis, pics, dumb thoughts, etc. So basically, sorry in advance.