From a discussion my partner and I had. I am someone who either knows or learns how to do something. If I am not capable to do it, I will hire a professional to help. For example when you need help building a shed. I am not skilled enough to do it, so I would hire someone and save time and effort to do other things in the meanwhile. This could be relaxing, but it could also be working more hours so I can pay for the shed. Others however, rely more on their circle of friends, family or acquittances to get things done, which often result in an IOU.
The problem arises when you get stuck in life with things where help or support is harder to acquire. Say you are feeling depressed, burned out or having bad thoughts going through your head. Sure friends and family can listen to your story and might even have a good suggestion on how to proceed, but getting professional help should be the option the go for.
And when it comes to life in general? So far I’ve learned that no matter how many idols you have, how religious you are or how much support you are getting from your family and friends, it is you and you alone who can move the needle forward.
I often think about what the future might look like. Technology as it is today is moving fast. It is even moving so fast that the average person cannot keep up. I am quite tech savvy and am able to help people around me, but knowing how technology is moving forward with things like robotics, AR and AI, I’m afraid everyone who has no interest in tech will simply be left behind.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of those (slight) dystopian futures where technology has taken over society, but it also tells a story of how technology is normal for everyone. People have implants, advanced prosthetics, are constantly connected and therefor have no need for extra devices. You want to call someone or transfer money? Use your AR heads-up display to make a call or transfer money. Lost a limb or born without one? Get yourself fitted with a bionic arm, leg or even a torso. In this future it is possible to get an artificial liver so you can drink more…
As a kid I loved anything Disney, Marvel or DC related. I was also very fond of anime series like Spider-Man, X-Men, Dragonball, Pokemon, Battletech or Gundam. When it came to movies, the ones that stuck with me were James Bond, Home Alone, Star Wars and anything Van Damme, Schwarzenegger or Stallone. However there was this one Disney movie that was dear to me: Aladdin.
I’m still a bit shocked… trying to put to words of what I’ve just saw. But let me first try to begin at the beginning. On the podcast Fake Doctors Real Friends (episode 403) Zach Braff suggested everyone to watch Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself. After seeing it, I just had to write something straight away… because what I’m feeling is so profound.
From episode 8 of the series WandaVision. Trying to console Wanda about the losses she had to endure, Vision tries to give words to what ‘grief’ might be to a person. In doing so he puts in words a feeling I’ve had difficulties formulating in the past.
The world at times feels on fire and when it trickles down to my daily (work) life, I tend to rewatch old YouTube movies to lift my spirits. One of those movies is the TED talk by Simon Sinek about what inspires people.
Due to COVID lockdown here in the Netherlands, we can’t go to the gym, so I’ve been walking outside at least 1 hour a day. I usually listen to podcasts, especially Fake Doctors Real Friends, but that is at best only 2 times a week. After trying other podcasts I have come to the conclusion, why not go through my backlog of books?