I value my morning time like none other. It’s the one time of day that I get to completely relax, with very few things on my mind, and I get to just be me. I get to sip my tea or coffee, or sometimes both, in utter peace and indulge in exactly what I want to indulge in. Sometimes it’s catching up on my favourite shows that I’ve not had time to watch before, sometimes it’s to get a few chapters in of my current read, and sometimes it’s to literally sit and reflect. Whatever it is, I really treasure this time of day, and though I don’t get peaceful mornings like this everyday, it sure is enjoyable when I do. I’m also acutely aware that it’s a luxury I won’t experience this summer when I’m (hopefully) back at work, which makes me relish in those precious AM moments even more.
This morning, I thought I’d make you privy to some of my thoughts on this dreary March day. Nothing electrifying, nothing groundbreaking, and I certainly won’t be winning the Nobel Peace Prize based off of any of these, but they are my thoughts and yes, I am sharing them nonetheless. Seeing as it’s Monday, think of it as a bit of a weekend recap and a peak inside my brain (that man in the corner just screamed with terror; yea, my brain is a scary place ;D).
Here are some thoughts…
Here are some facts about me: I’m a 23 year old female Canadian citizen. I live with my amazing, loving parents and have big goals for my future. I also happen to be addicted to social media. And oversharing. And it isn’t good.
This whole notion came about on Wednesday, when I needed to pick something up from Walmart first thing in the morning and decided to grab some McDonald’s coffee on the way out. I love McDonald’s coffee and had only gotten about 3 1/2 hours of sleep the night before so I justified it in my brain. What I did next, however, is all kinds of strange and got me thinking all sorts: I took a photo of it and shared the photo, along with the fact regarding my sleepless night in a tweet. Now, at the time, it was no biggie, it was the norm, but hours later I suddenly thought…why!? It’s not that the coffee wasn’t delicious, and it’s certainly not that it wasn’t a decent photo, but why did I do that!? Why did I rationalize that in my busy schedule, there was time for me to stand in the Walmart parking lot, take the photo, get into my (dad’s) car, crop and edit it, and then publish it. To the world wide web. It was literally a coffee cup. You’re really going to change the world with that one, Siobhan. Good job.
In all seriousness, the issue at hand is a grave one, indeed. While I love and will continue to use (and abuse) social media, what has it conditioned us into doing? We’re all a bunch of obsessed oversharers, feeding off of one another’s latest thoughts and moments, be they verbal, written or photographed. Granted, some of us are better than others (I am not one of those people — I posted a photo of my breakfast on Twitter this morning and I have
no minimal shame), but at the end of the day, we are all a product of what our society has made us. It’s all well and good now to share too much with each other, or, should I say, what we want others to see (which only constitutes a fraction of our “perfect” lives), but what will we be like in 5 years? How about 10? More importantly, how will society function in relation to this constant craze of instant tidbits of each person’s world? Will learning about both the benefit and harm of social media and the oversharing that results be taught as part of a new school curriculum? Will sharing no longer be considered caring? Something to think about, huh? #startyourMondayoffwithaBANG
(See, I’m so hardwired to think for social media that I often end sentences [AND THOUGHTS] with hashtags. My brain is overrun with the thought of sharing. Is yours, too?)
On selling out “to the man”:
On Saturday night, I went to transfer some photos from my SD Card to my laptop to make some additional room on it when I heard a terrifying craccckkkk. At first, I thought it was my laptop malfunctioning or breaking somehow, so I instantly panicked, only to realize that it was the SD card itself that had broken. I do have a backup SD card, but that was my larger, better card with a faster transfer speed, so I was freaking out. Several worry-stricken moments later, I had managed to get my SD card into the computer one last time, to transfer the remaining photos, and had corralled my dad into lending me the car the next day to grab a new one. Now, as many of you know, I have (lightly) sprained my elbow, and therefore haven’t really driven much since the incident (especially without pain medication…oh my, just the thought has me scared stiff), so the next morning when I complained about sleeping on it (why does pain always seem to heighten when the sun is down!? :S), my dad offered to drive me to the store (he’s so nice! ♥). We arrived at a family favourite, Tiger Direct, only to discover that they’re closing all stores in Canada as soon as they’ve sold their inventory. The good news for me was, I managed to snag a 32 GB SD card with a great transfer speed for a shocking $24 CAD (which, you guessed it, I shared on Twitter. My life, ladies and gents), but the whole way home my dad and I were coming up with crazy theories on how and why the store had gone under.
“But they have such good prices, and they always seem busy…how could this have happened?” I asked.
“Maybe they just weren’t breaking even, like Target” my dad said.
“Yea, but even still…” I replied.
“Or, what if one of the big name brands bought them out…JUST to shut them down!?” my dad continued. “Think about it, big boys don’t like competition of any kind“
It was a valid point, and of course it’s mere speculation, but it wasn’t one that I really considered until this morning, when I found out that Google Maps bought out the popular Waze navigation mobile app in 2013. This got me thinking, are big companies really that bothered by smaller competition that they’d pay millions, sometimes billions, of dollars to shut them down or fizzle their buzz? Furthermore, if you had a business, one that you loved and cherished, and it got popular enough to be a “threat” to some company, is there a price you’d demand to have it taken away from you? Think about it, all of the sites and companies that we know and love had to start somewhere, like Twitter, or YouTube. They were all someone’s idea and dream, and they grew gradually, before they were snatched up by some “big boy” and they became what we know them as today. But at what cost? What price would you demand before you sold your life’s work to “the devil”? Or do you consider it a good thing; business is growing, people are happy, and the fact that you’ve caught the attention of this “big boy” just shows how much your worth? Is there such a thing as “selling out”? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!
You know when you go onto YouTube to search for one thing and you end up in a totally different area? Well, yesterday afternoon, I ended up watching a random YouTube video as result of one of these weird video spirals and this YouTuber said something that has stuck with me ever since. He was talking about maybe having a meetup one day to “meet his fans,” before he said “wait a minute, hold on.” I was hoping that he’d correct his “fan” faux pas, as, I truly believe that any viewer or subscriber on YouTube is exactly that. I am a fan of Beyoncé or a fan of Hilary Duff, alas I am simply a subscriber or a follower, if you will, of my favourite YouTube personalities (just my preference, though, not trying to spark a war here :)). However, he went on to say that a meetup probably wouldn’t happen anytime soon because in order to do that he’d “have to be a successful YouTuber. Which, I’m not.”
I literally had to stop the video and sit in silence for a good 10 minutes. This statement is so messed up to me, and I’ll tell you why. What is the definition of success? Loosely, it is to complete a task, accomplish a goal or purpose, or attain an object. So, in the case of YouTube, to be a “YouTuber,” one would have to record or create some kind of media, like a slideshow of photos or a video of some kind, upload it to YouTube, and then they’ve accomplished that goal, correct? So…isn’t this aforementioned YouTuber successful already? In his eyes, no, and I know exactly why, because in society these days, you’re only “successful” by something if you make a chunk of change off of it. Does anyone see how incredibly warped that idea is?! Maybe to you, I’m nitpicking, but I truly don’t understand this frame of mind. To me, success is not determined by how much money you may or may not make; true success is about how happy doing something makes you. This might seem like it’s a groundbreaking idea, but it’s really not. What is life if we are all just striving to outrank each other on the income scale or score more in popularity when it comes down to how many followers one has on Twitter or Instagram? Of course, we’re human, so these things will come into play at various points in our lives but what truly matters at the end of the day is how excited you are to wake up the next morning and do it all again. Work is work, so it’ll never be something that we yearn for each and every day, but I believe that it should be somethign that you get at least some aspect of enjoyment out of, whether it’s socially, mentally, emotionally or physically. I believe that we need to change the concept of success. Yes, Zoe Sugg or Ryan Higa probably pull in a generous amount of profit based on what they do and how hard they work, but is that the aim of the game? In other words, would you be satisfied waking up every morning and going into work doing something that you hate that earns you $5000 a day, or would you rather go into work knowing that you’ll only make $180 today but you’ll earn it by doing something you are truly passionate about? Success is about more than how lined our pockets are. I hate to get all cliché (again), but money can’t buy happiness. #justsayin’
(And to the dude who angered me so on YouTube, FYI, you clearly want to be profitable on YouTube, or commercially successful. You want to build your on-screen personality and your videos into a brand. ‘Cause technically speaking, you ARE a successful YouTuber, seeing as I watched your video. #dontgetittwisted #sassySiobhanmeetsannoyedSiobhan)
PHEW! Those were some of the deepest, most thought-provoking topics I thought about this morning as I sipped my tea. You may or may not agree with me on some of these topics, if any, but I want to hear your thoughts regardless! Let’s start a conversation! When do you have your reflection time? What do you think about during this special time? How do YOU define success? You know what to do… ↓↓↓↓↓
As for me, I’m winded from all of that (over)sharing (haha), so I’m afraid that’s all for today, but I’ll be back in a jiff with another post.
ps – Did any of you catch the Junos last night!? I did and I have to say…I was disappointed. This event was being marketed as “Canada’s biggest night in music,” and it was being advertised here, there and everywhere, but I feel as if it didn’t deliver! Maybe I was expecting more thrilling performances or wanted to see more actual awards being given away, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The show seemed to kind of lag on at times, with short, sharp quick jabs of life every now and then from host and Hedley front-man Jacob Hoggard (who I thought was brilliant, if not a little risqué at times), but I suppose it was…decent? I was happy for Alanis Morrisette, though, who got inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame last night. Despite only being able to name one of her songs, she seems to have made quite the stamp on the music world and to that I say, you go, girl! 🙂 Overall, the fashion, the music and performances were underwhelming, but hey, I guess there’s always next year’s show in Calgary to look forward to…? #onwardandupward