Sharing My World 6/19/2017

outrage junkiesWhat is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Being outraged. I’m totally serious about that.  It’s a thing these days that people are absolutely obsessed with…  the newest and latest outrage. It’s one of the reasons why I changed my Facebook. Just walked away from close to 80 people, and that was after whittling it down to 80 people, and started fresh with just family and a few close friends. And even with only 14 people on my Facebook, I’m still slapped in the face every day with, “Why aren’t you outraged by this thing that is happening in our world right now???” Well, I’ll tell you why. Because this thing, this “outrageous” thing that you’re yelling and screaming and stomping your feet over…? It isn’t a new thing, it isn’t a boogeyman that’s suddenly appeared from the blue. It’s always been a thing, and it will always be a thing. Yelling and screaming and being outraged about it isn’t going to change human nature. But people these days seem to be hooked on getting outraged about every little thing. There’s no purpose to being outraged. None. It accomplishes nothing. Especially if one’s outrage is like a flame on a match — it burns brightly for a second or two then it’s gone. Then they have to light a new match, be angry about something else, just to feel that feeling again. And people are obsessed with it. Addicted to it. And I, personally, don’t see the point.

What quirky things do people do where you are from? I’m not really “from” anywhere being a modern day nomad, but I live for the moment in Seattle (well, close to Seattle) so I’ll use it. Someone, somewhere, made a list.  Let me find it…

You Know You’re From Seattle When… (short list with commentary)
~ You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Enumclaw, and Issaquah. (They’re cities… and I do know how to pronounce them Skwim, Pew all up, Ee num claw, Ea sah kwah)  Those are close approximations without me getting all phonetic on y’all. 
~ There are never used snow chains in the trunk of your car, but you always keep them there. (I actually don’t, but whatever…)
space needle~ You think anyone who uses an umbrella is either a tourist or a transplant. (I think this)
~ You know there’s a difference between “showers followed by rain” and “rain followed by showers”.  (It rains a lot here)
~ You know what a geoduck is, how to pronounce it (gooey-duck), and that that it doesn’t quack or have feathers. (link for your convenience) 
~ You measure distance in hours. (Doesn’t everyone?)
~ You use the word “sunbreak” and know what it means. (It rains a lot here)
~ You have no concept of humidity without precipitation. (I do, but I’ve lived elsewhere)
~ You think summer starts in July and winter in September. (Truth)
~ You often switch from heat to a/c in your car in the same day. (Truth)
~ You have been known to use a down comforter in the summer. (Truth, it’s June and I still have three blankets on the bed)
~ You can’t imagine living through a tornado or hurricane but you secretly think earthquakes are kind of fun.  (They have tiny earthquakes here… tiny…)
~ Eating seafood isn’t anything special, and you know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon. (I can’t tell the difference, but I’m a transplant)
~ You’re extremely picky about your coffee and can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Tully’s. (Coffee is coffee)
~ You can tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai food. (I think this is true elsewhere too…)
~ You know where to get the best Chicken Teriyaki. (Chicken Teriyaki is the new Starbucks… it’s everywhere!)
~ You prefer one mountain range to the other, and either think Mt. Rainer is pretty awesome or kinda meh. (I’ve seen this in action)
~ You have an earthquake story, and so does everyone else you know. (Yep)
~ You only visit the Space Needle if you need someplace to take out-of-town guests. (I’ve never been to the Space Needle, so yeah…)
~ You feel guilty throwing something away that could be recycled, but you do it anyway. (So much truth)
~ You’ve stood alone on a deserted street corner in the rain waiting for the light to change. (I’ve seen and done this)
~ You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain. (Well… yeah…)
~ You’ve seen, or know someone who has seen, Bigfoot.  (I, personally, have not seen Bigfoot, but I know a guy who knows a guy whose cousin has. ^_^)

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? There is nothing in my life that I would want to unlearn. Everything I’ve learned and experienced in my past is part of what made me who I am today. So even the bad, and/or difficult things I’ve learned and know are a part of me. I don’t want to lose any of that.

I-am-who-I-want-to-beWho is someone that you miss having in your life? I’m going to sound strange here and say that I don’t think it’s in my make-up to actually miss someone. The saying Out of sight, out of mind. applies here.  I have people who’ve left and for a short time, I missed them a lot.  You know, grieved their loss and everything, but after that initial period of wanting them back, because let’s face it I’m as human as everyone else (contrary to popular opinion), I just don’t have it in me to sustain that feeling of “missing” someone other than in a vague sort of, “It would be nice if so and so were here.” I mean, I’ve read about people who “miss” their friends and family and it’s way more than what I feel.  They feel as though there’s a hole in their life that only that person who isn’t there can fill, even though they know that person is never coming back. I don’t have that. I’ve never had that… Not since I was a kid and my dad left. I mean — other than the normal looking for my other half. And even that was more of a, “Hmmm,  don’t really like this whole ‘living alone’ thing, I should find someone I mesh with.” Rather than “OMG! there’s something missing in my life! a deep, dark, hole only one person can fill and I must find him!”   I dunno, I guess it’s part of the whole, Living in the Now mindset.  It just doesn’t compute to miss someone past the initial stage of grief of losing them. Maybe I’m just strange. Who knows. But to answer the question… there’s no one I miss having in my life, because I’m simply not capable of missing anyone like that.

Via Cee’s: Share Your World 6/19/2017

7 thoughts on “Sharing My World 6/19/2017

  1. I suspect when the people you love begin to die, attitude change a bit. And missing someone isn’t a matter of “only that person can fill that spot.” More like “wouldn’t it be nice to talk to my brother” or Dave or Jeff or Mom. Just to talk. Do I spend my life brooding on their loss? No. But I feel their missingness.

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  2. Hey! What a great idea. About Facebook I mean. I have been struggling to get my house “spring cleaned” and cleaning out Facebook should fall into that category, right? I love hearing from family and friends, but I venture out in Facebook land less and less because I’m so weary of the outrage junkies (nice term, BTW!) and people trying to get me to buy this or do that. FB is becoming more like anti-social media!

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    • Do it! Okay, do it if you think it’ll be good for you. I had to or go nuts. But I made a new account with a new name (just like I did here, and for the same reason) but I didn’t invite everyone from my old Facebook over to the new one because I didn’t want to put up with their “Be outraged!” shenanigans.

      I wish I could say I thought of the term “outrage junkie” but nah, I found that meme online. It is a good term though.

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  3. I agree with your thoughts about people being so outraged over every little thing. It eventually becomes like a droning noise in the background…there they go again. It’s very annoying and changes no ones opinions on the subject.

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