I recently began a quest to become a deputized police officer. I want to get a police badge so that I can enjoy whatever perks come along with it, but also I'm fascinated to find out more about the police. As part of the process of getting the badge I will have to undergo standard police training and will actually do some policework every month.
I've been jumping with excitement over this new discovery. I can't wait to become a police officer. I mean, who wouldn't want a police badge?
A coworker, who is becoming an increasingly good friend, Doug, instantly shared my enthusiasm and began putting his mind to work on getting it too. What's funny is that when I first started working at Smiley Media, I didn't expect to become friends with Doug. He seemed the most standoffish and corporate. I couldn't have been more wrong, in retrospect.
The two of us scheme all day at the office, in between bouts of getting actual work done, proclaiming the benefits of having our badges. But guess what? No one else wants to do it (actually Steve does, but he's not quite as excited).
I don't understand this. I've actually devoted at least half an hour of thought to this precise topic. How ANYONE could learn that it's possible to get a police badge as a citizen and NOT go nuts trying to get it makes no sense at all to me.
I mean, half of these people don't even ask what it takes to get the badge. Do they assume it's hard? Do they just not care?
And it's not just people at the office. No one seems interested in getting a badge. I'm not trying to sell it or anything, but I'm shocked at how few people want to do it.
Maybe I'm just not explaining it well enough or something, but people just don't seem into it.
The same thing happened with gambling. When I first learned how to make money gambling online I excitedly told all of my friends. No one did it. I prodded further showing them my checks and even going so far as to get on their computer and do it for them.
I made one friend $200 in about 10 minutes. The check came a week later. He politely thanked me but said that he wasn't interested in doing it anymore.
A few friends got onboard and made a bit of money, but they invariably quit. It just made no sense to me at all. One person who I made money for would rant behind my back about how I didn't have to work for money.
Few people were interested in polyphasic sleep, and no one got onboard after I proved that it worked.
I'm the exact opposite. If I see ANY sort of opportunity or good idea, I tend to go crazy for it. Think of all the people who could have moved to LA instead of me. It's not like I had any special connection to those guys. In fact, I'd met only one of them once. My drive to explore things I don't know propelled me to LA.
I attribute a good deal of my happiness to my neverending quest for new skills, ideas, and experiences. If you feel like your life is missing something, maybe that is it.
So... I have a problem. I was thinking today and I realized that I am in front of my computer WAY more than I should be. This occured to me when I woke up from one of my naps and made a beeline for the computer. I then realized that I repeat this behaviour every single time I wake up!
Further, there's no reason for me to be in front of this giant box 'o fun. Well, right now there is because I'm writing a post, but for most of the day I DEFAULT to sitting in front of the computer. I scan through the 30 or so sites I have on my toolbar, even though most of them only update once or twice a day at most.
This is sick! Think about it - none of my interesting stories start of with "So, I sat in front of the computer all day...". Every hour I spend in front of this thing is an hour that my life is NOT getting more interesting. I spend a lot of time online chatting with my friends, which I enjoy, but is that really the best use of my time? Probably not.
Everyone I know is terrified of air travel.
They have infinite power and zero accountability.
When you're in an airport, you're at the mercy of the people there. If they don't like what you're doing, they can do anything they want to you, and you have no recourse.
I understand the necessity of that coercive power - but such immense power requires immense accountability.