I know I am the only one reading this blog, so I can’t exactly say that I let my readership down by not sticking to my schedule already, but Friday has clearly gone and passed and I have not uploaded an academic entry. So, even if no one else can be disappointed, I feel disappointed in myself. In the theme of today’s word of the day, I had grandiose plans and I faltered in trying to live up to them. I think the title of today’s blog entry is a pervasive thought among many people. It’s not even something that other people will tell you. Telling people about your activities and current plans might actually be met with completely neutral reactions, but for those of you who have “anxiety-vision” (C), these get misconstrued as judging or pitying looks which exemplify the phrase, “You’re not doing enough.” It’s a constant refrain in our minds because we are exposed to seeing so many successful people who manage to do everything they want and more which exacerbates our feelings of worthlessness.
An idea I’ve come across in reading some of Sherry Turkle’s works is that in modern times people have conflated being fulfilled in one’s life with being busy. Now, in my opinion it does seem that the most successful people are the ones who take on a multitude of projects and have strong time management skills, so there are clearly rewards that can be reaped from hard work. However, it’s important to keep in mind that taking on more than we can handle to try to jumpstart our lives is not a recipe for success. Start small and keep expectations grounded and with diligence, I think success is inevitable.
P.S. Shameless plug, but I plan on streaming on Twitch for some Splatoon 2 gameplay (Ranked or Salmon Rush) this Sunday. I’m pretty balls at the game, but I love the mechanics and aesthetic which motivates me to keep playing. I’ll planning on sometime between 12-3pm EST for those interested.