Thursday, May 9, 2013

Being old.



You know how I know I’m old?

Here are a few things that helped me reach this realization:


·         When people ask me how old I am, and at first I say 23, but I’m not. So then, I remember that I’m 24 and feel super old.

·         When I make a conscious effort to reach my daily fiber intake EVERY SINGLE DAY, and eat things like steel cut oatmeal with chia seeds (delish. Try it.) I also have been eating PRUNES. Not religiously, yet, but I’ve been eating them, and frankly, they are not so bad (especially the Orange Essence ones that Sunkist brand makes.)

·         I can no longer order a Domino’s pizza and eat the whole thing myself, because if I do, I’ll not only feel guilty—I’ll be spending significant time in the bathroom two hours after I ingest it.

·         I take a HANDFUL of mineral supplements and vitamins every day, and unless it’s a placebo effect, they make me feel better and stuff.

·         I have to thoroughly stretch at the beginning and end of every day. I “pulled something” in my back the other week (by sleeping funny, I think,) and I carry Icy-Hot in my purse to work. Every joint in my body cracks on a daily basis (including hips, elbows, STERNUM. Wth?!)

·         I go to a chiropractor, on a semi-regular basis.

·         I say things like, “Back when I was in college.” Or “Back when I could stay up past 10:30 pm.”

·         Most of my trips to TJ MAXX results in purchases of either yoga/lounge gear or business attire. (& for those of you [women] working in a corporate or government setting where you have to dress like an adult to work, may I suggest hitting up TJM for as many Cynthia Rowley dresses as you can find! They’re comfy, cute, and almost always look good on everyone. Plus they tend to be modest enough for work and around $25. WOOHOO!)

·         I have to carefully consider committing to weekend nocturnal activities, because FLAKEY PEOPLE are my biggest pet peeve, and I hate reneging on plans, but I also hate when Friday comes around and I am too exhausted from the work week to drag myself into the shower, much less to shower, blow dry my hair, put on nice clothes, and go do things.

·         I realize how much work it is to maintain lasting, quality friendships when you’re no longer running into your friends at school or work (but it’s almost always worth the effort.)

·         I’ve purchased a pair of pants that could probably be classified as “chinos.”

·         I check up on my monthly budget about once a month to make sure my savings is on track for my first home purchase plans.

·         When I’m in the car, if I’m not listening to a book on CD, NPR is on.

·         Next year’s birthday will be my quarter century mark.


Maybe 24 is the new 45? (<<<Insert Carrie Bradshaw voice over here.) 

I can say that I feel a million times better when I get active during the week, even if it’s just a nice walk a few nights a week, bedroom yoga, or whatever. And eating vegetables seems to help too. It’s tough to feel like exercising after an 11 hour day of sitting. Sitting in the car for 3 hours and at my desk for 8 is a killer.
I think I’m going to try some new things soon. 

Luckily, I have a boyfriend who seems pretty on board for new adventures, as long as they fit somewhere in our budget, so hopefully my next posts will be all about exciting/cool/new things I’m doing.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Critique of the Buzzfeed article “Golfer Bubba Watson Praises Chris Broussard's Anti-Gay Comments” by Kevin Lincoln


Article Link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ktlincoln/golfer-bubba-watson-praises-chris-broussards-anti-gay-commen

 

Note, how the context of this article revolves around the decision Jason Collins made to public share his sexual orientation—which is totally his right—but makes a distinct point to say, in reference to Bubba Watson and his recent Twitter activity, “…as he has gone to great pains to point out, a Christian.” 

 

Now, without even taking a side on this issue, I can clearly note some serious bias in this article. When referring to Bubba Watson’s religious beliefs “great pains to point out” sounds very much like “this dude is public sharing his religious beliefs and shoving them down everyone’s throats.”  Watson’s single tweet that is being dissected in this brief article states: “Thanks @Chris_Broussard for sharing your faith & the Bible! #Godisgood.” (4/30/13)

 

While I hate hash tags, and while I most certainly DO NOT HATE homosexual men and women, I do feel that it is a bit hypocritical to shame Bubba Watson for expressing his opinion. One of the few main points in this article claimed that “…today, Watson became the first professional athlete to use Jason Collins' coming-out to criticize homosexuality.”  

 

The ten or so words Bubba tweeted did not seem like an attack of homosexuals to me. I understand that some people did not appreciate Chris Broussards comments on ESPN and even some people that share his beliefs may feel like it was not PC. HOWEVER, implying that it is not ok for Bubba to express gratitude towards a fellow Christian for sharing their beliefs is not ok. 

 

I also find it ironic that further down in the article they mention Mike Wallace and call his recent  anti-gay tweet “boneheaded,” but excuse him because 1. He deleted it and 2. His tweet occurred on April 29, a full day before Bubba’s did and therefore he DID NOT HAVE AS MUCH TIME TO CONSIDER WHAT HE WAS ABOUT TO TWEET. 

 

Soooo... Wouldn’t that make Mike Wallace the first professional athlete to use Jason Collins' coming-out to criticize homosexuality? 

 

Listen, I am not anti-gay, anti-Jason Collins, or anti-sports (maybe a little,) but it seems to me that the internet (and our culture in general) is very anti-Christian. It’s ok to publically talk about being gay, being straight, being into fetishes (especially on Buzzfeed,) being into meat, being vegan, being Muslim, being generally spiritual, being any other religion in the world, BUT as soon as someone in the public eye talks about being a Christian it’s suddenly taboo, and offensive and not PC. 

 

Christians are not all Westboro Baptist Church crazies. It is possible to be a Christian and not hate everyone who isn’t—I know plenty of perfectly fine and pleasant and loving Christians, if you’re doubtful, I could introduce you to some. Believe it or not, I even have a gay friend who voted for Mitt Romney!!!  It should also be Ok for people to express beliefs that may contradict the popular public opinion, the minority opinion or even your personal opinion. 

 

I do not believe Bubba Watson had malicious intent when he tweeted the aforementioned tweet the other day, but if the writer of this article was offended by his remarks, he has the right to be, but he should also have been equally offended by Mr. Mike Wallace’s remarks, that got written off more easily as “boneheaded” probably because they did not have any religious affiliation.