Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . about reality versus perception. This can get kind of trippy. Because my reality is not your perception of my reality and . . .

So I’ve been thinking . . . about reality versus perception. This can get kind of trippy. Because my reality is not your perception of my reality and my perception is not your reality and your reality is your perception and your perception of me is a reflection of your reality and. . . geez, this hurts my brain.

But you know what I’m talking about, right? You troll around on Facebook and see all these posts of your “friends” (that is, people on Facebook you normally never would have stayed in touch with) who are having a great time, loving life, running marathons, sunning in Bali, hiking in Peru, dancing with their besties at the coolest new club, adventuring with their partner, inoculating children in India, solving the world’s pollution problems, creating an awesome new book/web page/budget/widget at work, blah, blah blah.

For a moment, you think, “Shit, is everyone out there doing something great except for me?” “Did I miss something?” “And then, the light bulb turns on. “Oh, wait, I get it. People are only posting what they want you to see.” And this creates a perception that is different from reality (e.g., after the hike, they’re exhausted and veg out on the couch for days watching Real Housewives). I’m not saying it’s bad; I’m saying it’s what’s so—at least that’s my perception. This take on Facebook status updates cracked me up!

Some other random things I’ve been thinking about this week . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. My nephew got me this book for Christmas. It’s a fun, easy-to-read, don’t-want-to-put-it-down, and completely implausible story. And I loved it! Also, slowly reading All the Light We Cannot See. This one is going to take awhile.

I’ve been watching . . . The Big Short. Wow, incredible movie. You won’t walk away feeling all warm and fuzzy and happy, it’s more like WTF? Leaves you kind of sick inside understanding what happened to the housing market and how the banks created the collapse of our economy. The movie is based on Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short, and I think the director and screenwriter did a phenomenal job (yes, phenomenal) of making this tough (and seemingly boring) topic into a suck-you-in movie.

I’ve been listening to . . . all kinds of stuff but I wrote last week that I would talk about James Morrison’s new album Higher Than Here, which I am still listening to.

It’s been four years since his last album, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Still features his soulful, slightly rough voice (which I am a sucker for). It’s got a bit more of a R&B-ish-ness, rocking vibe and yet still pop-like, and I think this blend totally works. So which songs are his best? I can’t pin it down to one or two. I love all the songs. If you haven’t listened to anything of his before, try “Stay Like This” first and then check out the rest.

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The “This Take” link is hilarious. My favorites were #4, #9, and #13!

Thanks! I thought those Facebook post reality translations were funny too. Cracked me up.

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