Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Outliers

I started reading Malcolm Gladwell's book 'Outliers' the other day, which the cat I am babysitting decided to vomit upon.  I do hope this is not a sign that I, too, should look at this book as a place in which dump things. That's the blog's job...

I digress... I'm not in any way done with this book, so this is not a review.  I theorize that the book will likely shock me throughout by giving me examples of outliers and their explanations that I hadn't taken the time to think about beforehand.  The book has sort of already topped itself out in terms of what it is about... it is a large essay, in essence.

If you're not familiar with it, the concept is simple- Gladwell looks at those we deem in society as "successful," and how we label them as totally self made without taking into consideration that outside forces create those opportunities, without which nothing would have happened for the successful.  Why else do we so often hear, "I was just really lucky?" or "I was in the right place at the right time."  But as we hear these words spoken by the successful, we often get frustrated that they downplay how hard they work.  That cannot be!

It is a combination... We take the opportunities presented us and hone them like no other.  But we remember where we came from, because without that step-by-step progression toward a great feet, where would be?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Movement Wednesdays-1

Embracing when my time and place have come.  I realized the other day that often in my past I was overly precocious and hounding on others because I wanted to so badly be like them, or to catch up quickly with them in order to prove myself worthy.  All I wanted was to have it all now.  I suppose it's rather easy to get caught up in these sorts of ideas in our modern age of information.  When I constantly saw images of 20-year-olds starring in the West End or in films, I became incredulous with myself for not being there, too!

I don't want to be lost in the idea of what I could be whilst watching countless YouTube videos of my idols, or listening to their fantastic albums!  It's so easy to comfortably lay in bed and watch movies.  Instead, I've committed myself to setting goals, and my major goal at the moment is to apply, successfully, for graduate school.

So, my first Movement Wednesday of the summer occurred today, which is in line with helping me fulfill my goal.  I jumped on the dance floor to take part in a jazz class from noon til 1:30.  There was so much I could do that it actually surprised me, for I haven't taken a dance class proper in over a year.  But, additionally, there was so much that I could do...yet.  And that was the difference.  It has taken me many, many years to reach the inner peace and maturity to have the patience to not label myself as one thing, and to know that, with time, I will acquire new experiences, and they will reflect through my actions.

I am 22, and if I hadn't transferred to the Guthrie Program, I would have graduated from college last month.  As a result, I of course reflected on how I have changed in my four of years of post-secondary education.  What ended up being most primary in my reminisces was how much better life is years after high school.  Mind you, I had a fairly good high school experience, but life does not peak at 18, as so many soccer moms from my home town were wont to inform me.  Life has its ups and downs, as I have already so assuredly learned these four years, but its ever changing state is what makes it bearable to get through, because we learn, and we can become a positive contributing force to the universe.

I end with this: I often hear from people (and their opinion is valid, if I may be clear) that when I see an awesome sight in nature that it makes them realize how insignificant they are.  When I sat on top of a Bavarian mountain last October, I thought to myself, How significant of a species we are, the human being, to have the opportunity to appreciate and utilize what an extraordinary planet we live on.