I’m spending the time right now to go through LinkedIn and add more people I know. Part of it is procrastination — from what, I’m not exactly sure — but the other part is to connect with a bunch of people I may even only kinda sorta know.
Recently I’ve been engaging in many exercises where I challenge the self-check of caring how I appear. Part of that is my mohawk experiment (photos currently on Facebook!) but it also involves simple things like sending a bunch of LinkedIn invites to people who may not remember me or don’t think it’s worth knowing me.
And that’s really not so bad, is it?
The goofy thing is that in order to even press the “Connect” button, I need to first evaluate whether I want to connect or not. Sometimes I worry so much about how I appear, I forget that I’m make the judgment call first.
Or maybe that’s it: I’m trying to make the judgment call first. I want control of my world. After all, that’s what wearing a mohawk up on the ‘L’ during the morning commute means: I live by my own rules. Even if those rules aren’t totally “real”, I still get a say in building that illusion.
It’s not an exact science, and I’m only starting to really internalize that. I grew up trying to put everything I knew into clean, distinct boxes. Now that I’ve spent a good portion of my life working as and under managers, dealing with insurance and cable companies, and working on teams ranging from super nerd to bug trainer, I’ve realized something important: life is organic.
Obviously that’s a true statement, but you know what I mean. It’s not a clear hierarchy or something you can map to a blueprint. In order to solve the really interesting, really challenging problems, you have to get creative, messy, and creatively messy.
I’m busybusybusy but there’s still some cool news to share. A new blogging platform called Ghost is being developed, something I’m excited to use and excited to develop for. In the past I really wanted to write a new blogging platform, something very similar to Ghost. Since they’ve already got the resources to go ahead and do it, I don’t feel the need to pursue that particular project anymore. :)
Schedule for the next few days is hectic. I’ll go ahead and give it to you like it’s an AIM profile and date myself in the process.
paramore / the great gatsby / american beer classic / mother’s day