[176] If you need instructions on how to live, check out the enclosed instruction book!

Rules: they govern how to play games and they govern our lives.  Funny how we are encouraged to be ourselves but if doing so results in rules being broken, we are then reprimanded.

How are we to live?

We often encounter people we dislike in our lives—and we are expected to grin and bear it.

We do something nice and the favor isn’t returned—and that is something we are supposed to accept.

I think you can see where I am going with this.

You cannot believe how many times I’ve just wanted to really reprimand friends of mine for doing things or saying things that really bothered me but I could not because the “rules” of society say you can’t do that.

It just seems society punishes those who do not want to adhere to social norms—as if those who think outside of the box are to be thrown inside a cage.

But I guess you can still live your life…but only in the ways everyone else wants you to.

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[175] Welcome to Fecesbook!

This was a rant I had typed on Facebook in response to a third-party application that allows the user—once he or she downloads it—to find out who visits his/her page each day.  Wow, what happened to privacy?

Naturally, I was unhappy about all this and even more unhappy to find out this nonsense is popular among those in high school or college but who have the mental capacity of kids in a day-care center.

Time to tell you why I’m mad.

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[174] Attachment

No, there is nothing here for you to download.

While I was terminating friendships with some people, I wondered when we decide to end friendships.

Naturally, some friendships deteriorate over time.  It makes sense, though—you defer maintenance on something, that something will fall apart, resulting in potentially disastrous consequences.  That decision to put off checking your brakes is the difference between you and your friends waking up the next day and you and your friends going face first into some car with “KAGAMIKU” on the license plate.

Or, if you are too squeamish to think of something so morbid, think of it as some glue drying up over time.  We all know what glue does, so I hope I don’t  have to use an example.  But over time, the adhesion becomes weaker and weaker until separation happens.

But what compels a person to re-apply that glue so that the bond is restored?  Likewise, what compels a person not to do anything and to let the friendship deteriorate even further?

I guess you can take the time to think about your friends.  Do they have any value to you?  Are you happy associating with them?

Do they embody people of good character, or are they just characters?

You don’t win an award for having over 9000 friends (those awards you might win on Facebook cannot be exchanged for money in real life).

[173] Look at what this person said

Stephanie (00:53:26): look at what this dumbass said- SocialInterview.com asked me “How likely is […] to win an Oscar?”
I answered ”Likely. Shes got an eye for beauty”
Stephanie (00:53:35): i’m not sure she knows what an oscar is
Brian (00:53:37): LOL!
Stephanie (00:53:46): ugh
Stephanie (00:53:48): people

[172] Merry Christmas

This year had its obstacles but some good things happened and this year might actually end on a high note (for once).

To get you all up to speed, I have finally found a job in late September after being unemployed for more than a year.  It was a tough journey for me, having been shot down after so many interviews.  But no matter how dire things were, I knew I could not give up and it paid off.

I’ve gotten closer with friends (you know who you are) and I now know who I should keep close.  You are foolish to think if the number of friends you have actually improves your reputation amongst your peers.

Despite the positives, there were some negative occurrences sprinkled in between.  I know that things happen for a reason and that the ends will justify the means, even if it takes years for that to happen.

As we march on towards 2010, I hope that things in life can continue to improve and that I can continue to mature and grow.

Enjoy your Christmas, even if you don’t celebrate it.

[171] My RSS updated just for this?

brian (01:15:09): lol i remember you saying her name Wendy sucks
Steph (01:16:21): it does
Steph (01:16:29): she should consider changing it
Steph (01:16:44): but it fits the rest of her
Steph (01:16:52): it sucks
Steph (01:16:54): hahaha

[170] Oh, you poor stories…

Remember those stories I was writing?

Maybe you don’t, but whatever.

I don’t know what to do with them anymore.  It’s a literary hot mess.

:(