I’ve always been a big proponent of the school of thought that you can’t be an effective parent if you are not taking care of yourself. One method that I used to take care of myself for a few years was yoga, specifically, power vinyasa. As a man in my early 30s when I first started doing this form of yoga it was easy for my ego to wrangle. The form of yoga was fast, active, in a hot room, physically challenging, and the rooms were typically filled with very attractive people.
After a year of doing this form of yoga, I came in contact with a teacher, a yogi named Rolf Gates. This guy had the ultimate guy’s yoga resume: a former military man, strapping physique, found himself on a curious path in his early 20s, then eventually found his way through yoga. I could listen to this guy.
One thing that I’ve noticed lately is how much my life is no longer my own. I guess on a highly metaphysical level we could argue if our lives are ever our own, but my point is a little less complicated.
As a young adult, and early into your life of autonomous adulthood, you have those day-to-day choices specific to who you are. You order a hamburger. You get to put whatever you wish on that hamburger. You get to eat that hamburger without fear of someone taking it from you: at least in most rational and reasonable settings.
One curious byproduct of the video game era is how children expect to be able to master tasks in their first exposure to them. When confronted with a new video game, without reading any directions, an average player will sit in front of the game for three hours or more for the first time playing. If enthralled by the game that session can easily lead to the mastery of the game: beating the game. How many other activities in our lives can we experience this kind of learning curve?
I know that I’m looking specifically at video games, and that these are games
I know I’ve written about Facebook before, but with the recent press about Facebook I thought it important to write about it again. Much of the new fuss is about how Facebook is adapting to its tertiary competition, and keeping up with technological Joneses. Outside of the technologists, and futurists, and venture capitalists who tie their success on finding emerging technologies that will be culturally and economically relevant, the rest of us want something that is going to either make our lives easier, or more comfortable: something to make life better.
So what is the fuss about Facebook, and how is this making our lives better?
As a parent you never forget those tremulous moments leading up to your first child’s first steps. The wobbling, unsure steps move both you and your child into an unsure future. Regardless of the fear or excitement of what lies ahead, both of you revel in the moment, usually so much so that the excitement drops your child back down onto his or her diapered bottom.
Next comes talking, feeding one’s self, and eventually, school. Amazingly the first steps scenario plays out in all of these situations and others, again and again. The diaper goes away but the distance to the ground grows greater and greater: mostly metaphorically, but some times literally.