Almost a New Year

It’s almost 2014. It’s so close that people have really ramped up talking about it on social media. So I figured I’d leave some last words for this year for me to reflect on this time next year.

I’ve really learned a LOT this year.

I learned about myself. My own capabilities, insecurities, passions, failures, successes… I’ve learned that I can still change some things about myself and my way of thinking- not because it’s wrong or bad, but so I can be better understood. I’ve learned that a year is a blip on the radar of life and this, too, shall pass. I’ve also learned that a year can completely change someone’s life. This year has definitely been a life-changing year. It excites me that because of this year’s many challenges, I’m prepared for an immense growth over the next year.

I’ve learned from others. I’ve learned that there really are some terrible people in the world. (Gone are the days of blissful ignorance.) I’ve learned that there are some truly remarkable people out there who sacrifice their time and emotions to lend it to those in need. I’ve learned about the power of perception. I’ve learned that I don’t need to defend myself repeatedly because those who truly know me do understand me and that’s all that really matters. I’ve learned that not everyone is willing to listen. I’ve learned that silence can be a remarkable strength of self-restraint. I’ve learned that my strength of character shines once people get to know me. I’ve learned to take constructive criticism of myself (from those coming from an honest, caring place) and to swallow my pride- I can’t grow without looking deeply in the mirror.

The lessons I’ve learned this past year gives me a confidence that I can handle quite a bit and I know when I need to ask for help or advice and when I need to give up and move on. I’m stubborn, though, so my giving up might take longer than the average person. There are some things I’m so passionate about that I will never truly give up until there’s a resolution. (Or maybe it’s that I’m too stubborn to give up trying?) I don’t think passion or even stubbornness are bad qualities to possess. Just look at MLK, JFK, Nelson Mandela…

Insanely Complex Mental Healthcare- Intro

I came across this site http://opacity.us to view abandoned psychiatric facilities and insane asylums. These abandoned buildings fascinate me. This particular photographer (Motts) does an amazing job capturing the frozen moments in time in these insanely gorgeous buildings.

The history of psychological care in the United States has been a rough road, to say the least. It may be that it is a rather young science and advancements in psychiatric care have occurred in giant leaps rather than small steps, much like the internet. There is still a long road to travel.

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It spreads like wildfire…

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This is a picture being shared on Facebook right now. It came up in my News Feed after one of my friends shared the picture and it apparently comes from Being Mommy.

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Naive to Racism

I should preface this post because this is one of those taboo topics (although, I believe there needs to be open conversation) and I’m bound to get slammed one way or the other because of it, but I’m willing to put myself out there to speak out.

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Happy Festivus! 9 People Who Went Viral for Airing Their Grievances in 2013

I’m not promoting airing grievances on social media—that may seriously come back to bite you in your ass. This reblog is purely for raising awareness… and the woman who quit her job… that was funny.

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December 23 is Festivus, the “holiday for the rest of us” popularized by Seinfeld that involves an “airing of grievances” — all of the annoying things that happened in the last year — followed by “feats of strength,” such as wrestling the head of the household to the ground. Instead of a tree, there’s a “Festivus pole,” usually made out of aluminum because George’s father Frank Costanza thought tinsel was “distracting.” In fact, last week, a Florida blogger set up one made out of PBR cans to protest a nativity scene in the rotunda of the Florida state capitol building in Tallahassee.

So in honor of the beloved parody holiday, NewsFeed looks back at some of the people — well-known and lesser-known — who went viral for airing their grievances in 2013:

• The woman who screamed at an Apple Store employee became a hit on Vine:

• 9News anchor Kyle Clark’s on-air viewpoint

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“Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana”

I recently did a research paper that included research on the history of social media. During my research, I came across this article written in 1995 by Clifford Stoll titled, “Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana”.

Almost 20 years later, and this quote rings true more now than then,

What’s missing from this electronic wonderland? Human contact. Discount the fawning techno-burble about virtual communities. Computers and networks isolate us from one another. A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee. No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert. And who’d prefer cybersex to the real thing? While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where—in the holy names of Education and Progress—important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued.

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Late Bloomer

I didn’t go to college right out of high school. I’m past the age of a college grad, but decided it’s never too late to get a higher education. In the years since high school, I’ve studied multiple subjects. I love to learn and research. I’ve learned quite a bit about myself since beginning my journey to a degree. One major discovery was that my adult social interactions had been stunted. It’s not like I’ve been locked in a closet, I do know how to communicate in social settings, but not as well as my peers. Social media has definitely stunted this social growth experience.

With social media, we have a wide open space to give our opinions and we get a sense that people want to hear our opinions. It’s just not so. I have a lot of opinions, but as the old saying goes, “Opinions are like…” well, you know. It’s very selfish, and not entirely “socially acceptable” behavior. I’m still going to give my opinions. I just won’t waste my breath trying to convince anyone I’m right or that they should have more respect for my opinion rather than someone else’s.

As I discover some interesting things I’m learning about the affect social media has had on my social experience, I will share my thoughts and opinions. It’s only from learning from others’ experiences that there will be any type of understanding.