Being Human in a Hijacked World

We’ve all been hijacked.

Almost certainly, you can reflect on your day thus far and see how you succumbed to reacting to the world — likely not even the real world — instead of living on your own terms.

Social media companies round us up, offering faux connection if we participate in their phony advertisement-based business models that are strongest when our attention is stolen which occurs when we aren’t in control.

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It’s Twenty Nineteen

The year is 2019 and my personal website’s theme is Twenty Nineteen.

I’ll get straight to it: I’ve been off lately. My potential and my outcomes have not been one and the same. My clarity has been absent. My self-esteem has been weak.

One year ago at this time, I felt almost completely the opposite. I straightened up my bedroom — to say the least — and was absolutely ecstatic that the Christmas gifts I had received all added value to my life. I wasn’t gifted items I didn’t have use for and I was enjoying a quality-over-quantity mindset.

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This Day Counts

I started a select few days of my senior year of high school with half-hour runs on the treadmill, a decent breakfast and a cold shower.

On these days, I’d be sitting in my first class of the day when I realized more than just how ready I was to visit the bathroom after getting a head start on my daily water intake goal. I’d realize how different my surroundings felt after I grabbed hold of the morning.

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Why I Deleted All Social Media Apps

I spent the weekend of July 8–9 up north at Higgins Lake with lots of family, mainly celebrating my grandma’s 70th birthday but also engaging in a series of other activities that I get to do at most once yearly.

I flew across the lake in my (hilarious) uncle Bob’s speed boat. I put up a good fight against uncle Bob, another uncle and my dad playing HORSE on a barely functional basketball hoop after dark on the beach. I hung on for dear life while tubing with family friends and cousins, repeatedly flying off and enduring a few moments in the freezing water for punishment.

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