- They watch episode of a TV show in their entirety. They can’t just stop in the middle of it just because they need to. No. If they watch it, it’s entirely so they must plan ahead when they will have time to watch it.
- They don’t throw boxes of their electronic devices. Why? Because maybe they need to return the device to the store if it has a defect. Obviously, the store cares about the box. Or if they want to resell the device in the future. Maybe it needs the box, to add value to it.
- They buy food from the supermarket but they won’t consume it the day they bought it. Why? Because they want to enjoy the fact they bought it with their own money. They want the food they bought to last a little big longer in the fridge… to enjoy the company of it, I guess?
- They don’t watch TV, they said they are better than that. They are not exposed to advertisements this way. So they watch the same TV shows with the same actors on YouTube, Netflix with YouTube and Internet ads.
- They buy books, movies or games but they don’t read, watch or play them. It increases the already huge pile of things they don’t touch. Why did they buy it? Because it was a limited time special offer. Because they like the cover, the title, the boxart or the idea of it. But yeah, they don’t touch it.
- They put a lot of efforts into making a Halloween costume. Or a lot of money into buying one. A costume for one night. Or two if they have an office Halloween party as well. They sure can reuse that costume next year, but it wouldn’t be original anymore. So yeah a costume for one night, it is as useful as a wedding dress.
- They keep a lot of items that might be useful in the future : screws from some unknown furniture they built, buttons from a shirt they lost, extra USB cables, power cords, phone cables, plates, keys…. But the future where these items become useful never happen.
- They don’t want to take some meds when in pain because their pride is too strong. They want to feel like that they don’t need that, that they are invincible like they were in their 20s. But they are not in their 20s anymore.
- They don’t have a data plan on their phone because it’s expensive. So they have to remember (or even worse write it down like it’s the 2000’s again !) the address of the location they are going to. They miss the last minute change of plan of an event because everyone is using Facebook now instead of texting and calling. And yet they keep on connecting to each Tim Horton’s Wi-Fi or McDonalds’ one because they are addicted to the Internet anyway.
- They try to take their friends to some place they love but they didn’t go in a long time. But they don’t check about the place before going by calling or checking online. No, they go and most of the times the place is closed.
I guess I must be weird then.
Imagine you always wanted to start your own business.
You made enough savings to live during your tries.
And you try your luck, starting your business.
You work a lot. You find clients. You start small but it’s growing at a steady pace.
Few years later, you have an established company, few employees, a lot of clients, and you make your first million of dollar.
It keeps on growing, you make more millions.
Now a huge company wants to buy your company, for hundred of millions of dollar.
Where do we stop?
When do we decide that is enough?
What was your aim when you started ?
You wanted to become independent financially? Done
You wanted to help people with the service delivered by your business? Done.
But how many millions of dollars do you need?
Why do you keep on working?
Or why does your company keep on running?
Does it bring something to the world? Does it give you the impression you have an impact on the world?
I always wondered about that. If I was in this situation or even without that. Even now. About everything. How much money do I need to save? What for? How many movies do I watch? What will it bring? How many video games will I buy? What for?
What’s the goal of all this? Power? Freedom? Self esteem? Influence?
What would I do if I was managing hundred of stores across the country?
The annoying thing is that at one point, unless you have a business very helpful for the rest of the population, that it will imply a lot of persons, a lot of resources.
And the number of resources on this planet is finite.
We can’t always all aim super high. All wanting to become future Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
We won’t be able to all succeed. But is it worth fighting the others to impose your point of view? with your wealth and your big corporation?
I imagine that if one day I’ll become independent financially. I’ll stop working… and I don’t know… maybe I’ll find a way to improve people’s lives…. Or I’ll just buy more companies, and even more, to feel powerful, to feel superior to other humans?!
If you don’t need to work anymore. What do you do of your days? Is that the reason why people keep on working even when they don’t need to?
Humans are weird.
“A bridge needs to be built, so time to bust out the cranes, right? Not so fast, a Chinese company has built a machine that has a creative way of setting girders into place.
The SLJ900/32, made by the Beijing Wowjoint Machinery Company, is a 580 ton, 300 foot long and 24 foot wide mega machine that looks more like a train than a crane and acts a lot like a Stretch Armstrong action figure. Instead of using a stationary or crawler crane to lift the girder of a bridge from the ground and drop it into its place, the SLJ900/32 drives the girder onto the previously placed girder, slowly extends its arms to the next support platform, pushes the girder towards the front of the machine and then lowers it into place.”
C’est une phrase que j’entends souvent en ce moment. “C’est la vie”.
Comme si quelque chose était immuable, inchangeable. Certaines personnes l’utilisent trop souvent. C’est aussi leur manière d’accepter quelque chose sur laquelle ils ne pensent pas avoir de controle.
“C’est la vie” alors on va rien faire, on va rien changer. Et c’est vraiment dommage. Parce qu’il y a des millions de possibilités, de changements possibles. Tu ne supportes plus ton partenaire, mais tu restes avec parce que ça fait longtemps que vous êtes ensemble, du coup à chacune des occurrences de son défaut qui t’importune le plus, tu soupires et tu prononces la fameuse phrase.
Je pense que beaucoup de choses peuvent être changées. Quelque soit l’age. Il y a souvent des alternatives à une situation, à un problème.
Rester dans une situation inconfortable, revient à rester dans une “cage dorée”. Tu es bloqué dedans mais c’est joli.
C’est presque comme rester dans sa zone de confort. Ça peut être positif mais si c’est fait avec modération.
I just discovered another series of my favorite TV shows: documentaries about the mind, the brain, or psychology.
You can see some of the episodes of “The Brain with David Eagleman” on YouTube, but some of them have been deleted.
Here are a few, you can watch them in any order:
I let you look for the rest.
Sometimes I wish my life was easier.
Sometimes I wish:
- I never lived in more than one country
- I married an ordinary woman I would have met in high school
- I sticked to the first permanent job as much as possible
- I believed what the media or the government said
- I spoke one language
- I didn’t understand other cultures
- I criticized the neighbour because he has a different skin color
- I watched TV every evening, every week-end
- I couldn’t stop eating, smoking, drinking alcohol
- I never failed because I didn’t try anything new
- I played lottery every week
- I didn’t travel to other continents
- I didn’t try on improving something I don’t like about my life and just kept on complaining about it
But where would be the fun in that?