Over ten days since I posted anything, and 24 hours since I wrote anything worth posting so I think I’ll just go with a flow of consciousness entry as I’ve promised myself to add items to this blog with increased frequency given that I’m unemployed and welcome all forms of distraction.
I wrote a few weeks ago about a recent trip to Barnes & Noble, or was it Borders… either way, a successful journey to a bookstore which yielded a self help book, a philosophy book, and the Jane Austen collections. Happy to report that I got through the philosophy book, still reading Ms. Austen, and have yet to crack the self-help; seemingly symbolic of my nature as I rarely seek out guidance but selected that specific guide for no other justifiable purpose than something deep inside told me I needed to.
There was also an entry discussing post-collegiate hobbies – mine being the guitar, and rather regrettably, karaoke bars. One lamenting on back to school over-indulgences, and about phoning my crush during a tequila driven fiasco… So maybe I’ll use this entry as an end of summer round up – hopefully as a means of deducing what I learned…
This was the first summer that was supposed to be filled with expectations, goals, and any other form of achievement based colloquialisms. I, however, wanted to get through the summer unscathed (read: sane) so I didn’t set out to define any sort of aspirations or what have you – it’s because of this that I kept myself susceptible to absorbing any sort of lesson thrown my way without being blinded by an auxiliary purpose.
I’m certain I’ll come back and add to this before the month’s over, but as for right now here’s the list of things I learned to do:
- Communicate better with others – it’s one thing to get your ideas out through written word (which seems to be my knight when it comes down to the Verbal vs. Written battle), but it’s of the utmost importance to be able to verbally communicate your thoughts – which I apparently had no issue with until I started interning and letting my nerves get to me.
- Err, err and err – if part of being human is to err, then why not go for it with gusto – just be sure to ‘fess up to your mistakes and learn from them. Being young is about testing the waters.
- Take on new interests - I was apparently destined to become a musician – okay that’s a blatant lie – but I enjoy playing the guitar! Wouldn’t have known that had I not decided to pick one up. Try new things until you find something you love doing. You’ll turn out happier as a result. If your hobby makes you frustrated, pick another one.
- Remain optimistic and be realistic – this more or less pertains to my lack of full-time employment but I won’t bore you with those extra details…
Okay, so one lesson per month – not too shabby. What are some of the things you learned this summer? – Feel free to post comments.