As you get older, certain things matter less. For some, the peer group gets older with them and they can all grow older together, with similar tastes etc. For others, who tend to be more mobile and have more transitory lifestyles, for example, they're more inclined to have clusters of friends in different places, with more emphasis placed on giving each other different experiences and still managing to connect at some shared core level.
Both the aforementioned are simplified versions of social groupings, but the concept remains the same. You tend to gravitate and look for people with whom you share some conscious ( or subconscious) connection with. I tend to fall into the latter camp more than the first, which is a culmination of a lot of travel which lead to newer experiences and lifestyle changes in the last five years.
It's ironic in a way, as on some level I'm a private person, and yet I'm always open to new people, and am usually the first to strike up a conversation with someone, cause you learn more from newer situations and surroundings than you do from the tried and true. I'll stand by that, as it's served me well for years on end.
In our more transitory times, being yourself is important in my opinion, because it makes life easier on many levels. It helps you to feel and be less tired and be more authentic in many areas of your life, including your work. And that concept, brings me onto this :-
The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit: Sylvia Plath’s Lovely, Little-Known Vintage Children’s Book
A wonderful way to educate children about the importance of retaining a sense of self. Would it be out of place today? No, I don't think it would. In fact, with more kids growing up much faster in our hyper connected age of selfies, self promotion and getting ahead as fast as possible, I think this would in some ways be a complimentary dose of goodness.
It would also be a good way to ironically remind them to perhaps slow down, stop and smell the benefits of being so young, rather than rushing ahead and wanting to be an adult so fast. I could go on in the manner of a wisened, slightly world weary uncle, but I'm not ( the world weary part), so I won't.
'Have fun and be yourself, whilst you still can, for as long as possible' is what I'd rather say..so I've said it. (sticks tongue out and blows raspberry)
And in her own way Daniellle Laporte has addressed a similar vibe :-
The Ridiculous Pursuit of Being Well-Rounded
What more can I say, other than that I wholeheartedly agree with her. ( nods head sagely)
Just like this blog, which is a collection of my own areas of interest, the use of social media itself, is all about 'putting yourself out there', so to speak. Some might see the use of social media as tantamount to constantly feasting on a diet of multi-level propaganda and adding to it with your own brand of shouts and chants, but that's a harsh take on the zeitgeist.
After all, as I've stated on here many a time, you can always take it or leave it. The level of control is as simple is switching the tab out of the browser, and for the really militant, you can reach for the 'power off' button on your device. But don't throw the gadget you're using out of the window. At least not yet :-
Social Media Propaganda Posters by Aaron Wood
I think they look beautifully rendered, and are tongue in cheek enough to raise more than one smile to the face.
And that's that. No mess, no fuss, just juice. Hang on, wasn't that a slogan for a drink?
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