This week, the Heave staff was asked:
This is the last Roundtable of 2013. What’s the most important thing you learned this year?
The most important thing I learned this year was: Chicago > Nashville.
I learned that learning things is overrated.
Life is not that fun when you’re always cynical. It’s not a coincidence more people gravitate toward those who are happier and more positive. I’ve always been a very guarded, some would say laid back, person. But in reality, I’ve just been afraid to put myself in a position to get hurt. Fear has driven my cynicism. I learned this year to just live in the moment a little more, not question everything, turn down the snark (a little) and allow myself to have fun. Example: Even though I don’t give a crap about Beyonce and her phony, iTunes-supported, female empowerment for spoiled little rich suburban girls nonsense, it’s nice to see her fans so excited and happy about her out-of-the-blue album release. See? Less cynical.
The most important thing I learned this past year is to not allow negativity into my life. The greatest thing to happen to me this past year was the realization that negativity, in any form, only weighs down the progression of a person’s existence. The second I learned how to fight it off and balance it when it comes at me, I became the most positive person I could imagine.
1a) I kind of know how to coordinate an outfit for a full-time job, and I’ve gotten out of the habit of referring to gainful, 9-5 employ as “real people jobs.”
1b) When things go pear-shaped in one’s life, the natural inclination is to retreat inward, to stop responding to text messages and only make vague plans that you have no intention of following up with and generally sequestering yourself away until you feel like you have your shit together. The world cares not for your problems, but your friends and loved ones do. And you’ll feel a hell of a lot better if you don’t stop moving, because you can rest assured nothing else will.