Despite what you may think, I am alive and well. It’s been a while since I’ve written a post and I am due for some updates. Over the last few months, I’ve been occupied in some pretty deep thought, trying to decide where I want to focus my efforts at. 2014 has been a more interesting year then even 2013 and on a personal level that means a great deal. So what are some of the things I’ve been thinking about…
Blackberry has announced/released some interesting products over the last few months. The Blackberry Passport, while receiving mixed reviews in the news, is one of the most exciting products of the year no doubt. I think that it is not only a sign of life at Blackberry, but further sign that there’s still a lot of innovation to be had in the smartphone market. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are great phones, but I think that the iPhone has become a fairly esoteric product. Aside from the Blackberry Classic is promising to be a very nostalgic device for those who miss the golden age of Blackberry. I have also taken a look at 10.3.1 Blackberry OS. The company needs to release this update ASAP. I have been running it on my Z10 and it is incredible. It has fixed so many of the problems that I had that my device feels new. I have been considering purchasing stock in this company… More on that later though.
On the political side of things, what a year 2014 has been. When the Republican Party took control of the Senate, the uproar was incredible. It almost seemed a little caustic. One of the concerning things that I have noticed is how bitter people have become over issues that the look at as if they weren’t open to opinion or interpretation. Whether it be the divide on gay marriage… The divide over Ferguson… Or the divide over party control… People are so quick nowadays to apply the good and evil label, with great confidence. It’s concerning. Polarization is never a good thing and it seems that people are getting caught up in emotion, rather than reason.
Modern life… Ah, as Sigmund Freud once wrote in Civilization and Discontents, modern life can become somewhat of an illness for some. I have had the time to experience several different perspectives of modern life. It seems to me that despite who you are, where you are, or your lifestyle, modern life has developed this sort of hold on us. It really makes you wonder where the line is between living life and sustaining life… There’s a lot to this and I will likely pick this back up in Irrational Health…
So those are a few of my thoughts… What about the future?
I am looking forward to starting a new chapter of my professional career in the not-to-distant future. It has taken me time to decide on my next course, but I am looking forward to where my career will take me next.
Aside from this, I am looking forward to blogging on a more frequent basis from now on. That is definitely something to look forward to… And I have a lot to say, of course. I have some new projects in the works which I am excited about as well. For the longest time, I have wanted to make a podcast and I hope to launch it officially very soon. The 20 Minute Break (podcast) is going to be the new staple in my collection of web properties. I am excited to work on that and although I don’t yet have an official release date or the kind of schedule you can look forward to, it is certainly going to be something new and exciting.
Let’s end on a final though… One of the things that I genuinely believe and which is one of the main reasons why I started working on Irrational Health, is that it is very difficult to live life in such a way that you actively walk a continually, conscious-choose path. It’s just too easy to get caught up in pattern, convention, and even necessity. You can live life solely on will and desire, but you can’t also live life by necessity and conformity. There’s a fine balance that makes for a life worth living. Modern life can be taxing, but there are ways to carry the weight with greater ease.