I saw a Venn Diagram that indicated that Habit is where Skill, Knowledge & Desire overlap. Well, that doesn’t explain these habits that I wish I could get rid of.
In no particular order:
1.) Nail-biting: As near as I can tell, this is a combination of stress and perfectionism that leads my mind to wander off of whatever I’m watching/thinking of and finds some menial task that must be done before I forget about it. Forget the financial situation or huge work project on my mind, when the hell did this damn nail get extra long? It’s not clean, I wish I had stopped years ago when my mother threatened to put Tabasco on my nails. (I knew it was a bluff because she never bought hot sauce)
2.) Always having to be Right: Various reports have told me this is one of my most annoying traits. Supposedly, people don’t like to you to remind them that you have the right answer. I’m not quite sure why this is, but I am willing to accept the theory. I have yet, however, to come up with a way to keep my mouth shut when I hear someone saying/doing something #FAIL.
3.) Eating Junk Food: I know how to cook. I enjoy cooking. I know what healthy food looks like, and I enjoy the taste of loads of healthy food. So then why do I eat so many cheeseburgers and tacos and pizzas and fatty fat shit? Don’t give me the whole “culture of obesity” bit, this is my failed life choice and it’s time to turn the ship around, damn it! Right after I finish the left over pizza in the fridge…
4.) Awkward First Impressions: (See here)
5.) Procrastination: Prime example, I was supposed to write this blog, along with 6 others, last night. Instead, I put it off and now I’m jamming it out before work while my shirt & pants are in the dryer (because the dryer is how you de-wrinkle clothes when you’ve put-off hanging them up nicely). How much more could I get done if I just hopped to it? Years ago, when I was first living alone, I intentionally did not have any television signal, and got load of stuff done. Bills paid on-time and filed away, books & magazines read faster than I could acquire more, took random trips exploring places in the city just to see what was there. It’s miraculous what we can get done when I just unplug and go live.
I stumbled across this great picture on one of the design blogs I subscribe to, and it got me thinking…
How do you see yourself?
– in the morning
– when you need to get psyched up
– when nobody’s looking
For me, Monday’s post is pretty true. I look at myself and I either witness or enforce Awesomeness.
Yes, I know that probably sounds douchey, but I haven’t really come up with a better term for it.
I used to be a shy kid, and still don’t entirely open up around folks I’m first meeting (as discussed here).
Then one day when I was about 16 or 17, during the days when you’re a young boy and you have a “crush” on like a dozen girls at a time and you’re just hoping ANY of them will give you the time of day; I decided to stop being the way I was, and just start being awesome.
Well, actually I decided to start being confident.
Instead of having weaknesses, I figured they were actually strengths in disguise.
Instead of being dorky (think Gifted Program & Monthy Python Holy Grail), I switched it to intelligent, insightful, clever.
Instead of being an outsider, I became the new guy. Having different groups of friends meant I didn’t have the typical “close, best friends” scenario, but it also meant when I ticked people off I didn’t have to be alone. I could just pick up and go elsewhere without losing much.
Instead of being not this race and not that nationality enough to fit in with one group or the other, I became Ryan. “the guy with the tan skin and slanty eyes and, oh damn, you see his lips?”.
When I decided that I wanted to move into management at work, I stopped being frustrated and feeling oppressed and started proving that I was the guy who could get things done; because that guy got to make his own rules.
After-all, Caesar said, “it’s only hubris if you’re wrong”.
Below is a picture of a Mighty Mugg figure I saw on Agent M’s blog.
Aside from the fact that Agent M might have the coolest job in the world, and therefore everything he mentions takes on a nerdy-Bondsian cool-factor, this dude pictured looks like something I’d want to have on my desk.
Oh wait. I do have him on my desk
(just not the same one)
I remember when I bought this dude, Anie looked at me very puzzled, and asked why I was buying it. The simple fact was I wanted to own a Wolverine figure, and the price of $10 was no deterrence.
Then I realized that what she was talking about was really, “why would you buy a random thing like that to put on your desk at work”.
I still haven’t worked out a good answer, but everyone who’s seen it seems to like it, too.
It does puzzle me why, for a pseudo-minimalist, I like to have random thing around. Perhaps my dark-side is a secret horder.
Nah, that can’t be it.
Maybe it’s because I couldn’t get this stuff when I was a kid, so now I buy it for myself?
That’s probably closer to home, but in truth, I had all the ninja turtles I wanted as a kid, just far less than the kids down the block.
Maybe it’s something totemic, like the Wolverine on my desk is a modern version of the idols we learned about in Art History class. Instead of fertility, I’m seeking to channel virility and latent aggression?
How about you? Do you have anything on your desk (at home or at work) that really doesn’t belong there but you always want to keep it around?
(This is Day 6 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge)
We all know Superman, “Mild-Mannered Reporter” Clark Kent’s alter-ego. Beneath the surface Kent always has his super-powers at the ready, to pitch in when disaster calls.
But what about the rest of us.
Certainly we all have talents and abilities that we don’t broadcast.
Here’s my list:
– Incredible BS/Gift-of-gab ability
– Extremely powerful eyebrows and facial expressions
– near-mythical efficiency
(all adjectives are thematically exaggerated)
What’s your Superpower? What do you have laying right below the surface?
(this is day 3 of the 30 day blog challenge)
I want to be a guy whose writing and opinions people want to read, but I also want to still be just a guy. My output cannot operate in a vacuum separate from my humanity.
Let’s start with a quote from a blog I read the other day:
“I guess he throws himself into everything he does that way, always over the top.” — BeAwesomeInstead
Sometimes I’m Ted. To really accomplish something, I have to drink the Kool-Aid. I have to be all in, or I don’t think it will pan out.
As we all know, when you leap before you look, you get burned. But sometimes being burned proves you’re alive.
Sometimes I’m Ted.