Well folks, it’s been two months, and I have returned. My social network hiatus has come to an end, and I’ve learned many many things from it.
1) Fear of Missing Out dissipates very quickly. After about a week off the grid, you forget why you were so addicted in the first place.
2) Sadly these days you can’t be completely removed 100%. It’s amazing how many websites and articles you read start on Tumblrs these days. One of my new joys in life, Men in Blazers, has an entire site based on Tumblr!
3) There are points when you feel alone. Very alone in fact. But for the most part that’s not a bad thing.
4) You can find out a lot about yourself when there’s nothing to check every 5 minutes. I found this summer that I could be more determined. A lot of the goals I set for myself I achieved, and now I can take that momentum into this school year with fresh goals that I now know I can make.
The Verdict? Will I wipe myself off the grid entirely? Will I go back to my old ways of social media addiction? The answer: a mix of both. I won’t be deleting any accounts any time soon, but I will be checking things a lot less frequently. I’ve learned and hope to continue to follow the practice of using my sites for information and laughs, not a means to stay infinitely in the loop. Keep an eye out for posts from time to time, but if you can handle it, I recommend a little social silence from time to time.
Inspired partly by Patton Oswalt and partly by Howard Kremer and Have a Summah, which has changed a lot of my life for the positive, I’ve decided to take the next two months off social networking after tonight. This is one of the biggest summers for me in a long time, and I want to enjoy every single second of it. In order to do that, however, I can’t have my eyes looking down at a screen the whole time. For news I’ll have articles and websites, entertainment podcasts, and the world can give me everything else.
I’ve already given up facebook permanently, and don’t miss it at all, so I figure I’ll survive this too.
I’m not saying everyone should do it, but I hope you all have an amazing next few months. Try some new things, leap into a new sport (Soccer is pretty great), fall in love, do that thing you always wanted to do, whatever it is, just go out there and HAVE A SUMMAH!
I know I will.
Turning the (Quarter) Century
I turn 25 tomorrow. That’s pretty great, I suppose. Time to take a look back on my 24th year in existence of this thing we call life:
Honestly, 24 started fairly bad, if I’m honest. My dog got cancer, my situation at home was at best unsettling, and I felt like I was going nowhere fast. I wandered ‘round somewhat aimlessly for the first half of year XXIV, which hit rock bottom when I said goodbye to Max. After about a month of grieving and soul searching, things finally began to turn it around.
At the end of November I made a new friend in Ginger, who while pretty crazy at times is doing the best job a puppy can in trying to fill Max’s pawprints.
In December I traveled to North Carolina for a solo road trip to see Kumail Najiani and Jerrod Carmichael, and in the 800 miles I traveled over those two days I started to figure out who I was, who I wanted to be, and what I can do with my life.
In the beginning of 2014 the tone was set by the band in the video above, Dr. Dog. To this day the two shows I saw those midwinter nights are by far the best concerts of my young life, and I can’t wait to see them the next time they stop home. Not long after that I went to the Philly auto show and found my (affordable) dream car: the VW golf. I vowed that when I could afford it I would by my first new car.
In March I found out that I am a soccer fan. On a whim I bought a ticket to the Philadelphia Union home opener, and in 90 minutes the beautiful game had stolen my fan heart. Now every spring and summer I have two sports to look forward to, and thanks to the Premier League I now have something to watch between Football season and Baseball.
Now for the home stretch: April and May. April I spent mainly training for the Broad Street Run, 10 of the most grueling and rewarding miles I’ve ever traveled. On May 4 I finished in almost 2 hours flat, and have a medal and a vintage Omega Seamaster to show for it.
Now for the grand finale. With only four days left of my quad-vigintial year left, I bought the (affordable) car of my dreams. I thanked my little Nissan Versa for it’s years of hard work, and welcomed a German beauty into my parking spot, where it will hopefully reside for many years to come.
All in all, this was a year of great ups and downs. This may have been the best finish of a year I’ve ever experienced, and it looks like things are only going higher. Here’s what I have to look forward to so far at 25:
- I start off Wednesday night seeing Brody Stevens and Howard Kremer, two very influential comics for me.
- I’m going to Ireland for a week, with no obligations, worries, or burdens at the start of July.
-I’m going to see the Avett Brothers in June and Camera Obscura in July, two amazing performers who are amazing in person.
-My brother is getting married and I’m his best man
-I finally found a master’s program that combines my love of teaching with technology, which I’ll be starting in the fall, which means eventual pay raises and even more job security.
So far so good, I’d say. The only thing that I can hope for to make it even more amazing is that maybe, just maybe, I’ll fall in love for the first time in a while. I know as Diana Ross said, you can’t hurry love, but hey, a guy can dream, right? If you’re out there potential soulmate, send me a sign! How about 7:25 tomorrow night? I mean, in an absurd universe it’s within limits… right?
I kid, of course, but who knows what this year will bring. Here’s looking at you, 25, may you be as shiny and dazzling as your wrapper looks.