Wednesday, December 31, 2014

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

If you know me personally, you now that I hate the overuse and abuse of quotes on social media, most of the time credited to a celebrity that never said anything evenly remotely like it.   So, to spite myself, I searched for a random quote I thought fitting of the upcoming calendar event, and found one by Rainer Maria Rilke.

2015 begins in less than 12 hours, and overall, 2014 was good, and much better than 2013,  a year wrought with personal tragedy.  It's almost shameful that an entire 12 month period can be deemed positive or negative based on so few events.  2014 was a year of first world problems, and those are things I can live with just fine.

With the New Year comes social media being filled with empty resolutions that will be forgotten within 10 days.  Most of these are superficial, copied and pasted over and over again on social media like a lame political meme.  It, at times, is laughable, that most have no intent on improving themselves, but just feel obligated to shout it out to all who will listen.

Don't just pick a couple of the generic resolutions that everybody else uses.  Take on a challenge, do something different.  Try to paint a picture, write a story, or learn to play an instrument.  Don't just say you will do it, go out and do it, and who cares if you consider the first attempt to be shitty, at least you tried.  And you may discover a new passion, something you never even considered you would enjoy.  And fuck anybody who says you can't or shouldn't do it.

As for me, I have no idea what I'm going to do, and I think I'll just try and figure it out along the way.  Maybe I'll sign up and run a 5k.  Maybe I'll have shitty time, but who cares because I'll have accomplished something, and then next time I'll try to improve on it.

I'm ready for 2015, and hope that in 12 months, I'll be writing about all the things I did, improved upon, etc.

[caption id="attachment_763" align="alignleft" width="600"]Credit - Bill Watterson Credit - Bill Watterson[/caption]

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's Crimmus Time, Stop Being A Dick!

Don't Be A Dick   - Wil Wheaton

It's that time of year when people get their panties in a wad over the imaginary War On Christmas.  I'm pretty sure I'd cause permanent damage if I rolled my eyes back any harder due to the fact that so many get upset over being given a Happy Holidays over a greating that specifically references the event you celebrate.  It takes a special kind of dumbass to go into child like fits over the fact that "you didn't tell me happy my thing".

I've been pretty open about the fact that I'm not religious, and see it as a Hallmark holiday (And don't fool yourself into believing that businesses don't think that way either, they will play either side as long as they make money).  I admit, I'm kind of a Grinch.  The reasons for that really have nothing to do with decorations, lights, presents, or music, it has to do with PEOPLE.

The time of year that everyone preaches is when you should be good to each other, show kindness, etc.  You know, all the things you probably should do year round rather than need to be told to do once the calendar hits December.  Instead, people are angry, rude and greedy.  I don't think this is any more evident than Black Friday, where people will kick, punch, and trample to get some cheap junk 24 hours after celebrating a holiday designed to show thanks for what you have.

And no, I'm not being preachy.  I fully admit I'm an asshole.  Hell, I've embraced it.  I use it as a tool when some unruley shopper feels the need to try and shove me over to get to whatever piece of merchandise will determine if their kids will love or hate them on the 25th.  Or when someone is being rude to that retail employee because the store sold out of whatever item, or insulting the waiter/waitress because the place you want to eat at is packed due to hungry holiday shoppers.  I'm sure a few people that do this to people who work in those industries think they are empowering themselves, but really, you are just being a self rightious, snotty dick who deserves to have their cheeseburger teabagged).

It's not just my generation and younger that are the only ones guilty of this, so don't think for a moment you can hold onto some bullshit false pride at how those born in your era are better than those younger.  Because you're not.  Doesn't matter what when you were born, you can still be viewed as a major dick.  At the end of the day, you get out what you put in, and if you put out the vibe that you are a miserable prick, you will end up treated as such.

So, no matter what you celebrate, I hope you have a really wonderful holiday season, and if you celebrate nothing, at least have a decent December.