Earlier today I had something to write about. I was at work at the time, but by the time I had loaded up the page to start writing out my blog, I had forgotten what it was. It still doesn’t seem to have come back to me, but let me instead just write down some of the random thoughts I’ve had in the past little while. They are in no particular order, and of no particular importance.
1. Very recently I discovered one of the fundamental rules of city buses. Having spent a fair amount of time on them over the years, I have figured out something very important about them. I’d like to name it Hughes’s Law, but that might already be taken for something that’s actually of relevance to anything. Anyway, the law is this: If you are ever sitting in one of those two-seaters when the bus is reasonably full, the person who sits down next to you will never be attractive in any way, shape, or form. A significant percentage of these people will also smell like old cheese.
2. There seems to be an extraordinary number of people that have gotten engaged recently. I suppose that it’s because my friends and I are getting into that age bracket, but it just seems that everyone has run out and proposed to everyone else. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), that cannot be said of me. Anyway, I am happy for all those that are preparing to tie the knot, but I just have run out of energy in trying to congratulate them all. Moreover, I personally have my…hesitations…about those getting married around my age. I mean, I don’t want to doubt the stability of their marriages, and many of them may very well turn out fine, but considering the marriage statistics, especially for those who get married in their early 20s, I just have some misgivings about the whole thing. At any rate, it kind of scares me that all my friends seem to be pairing off and exchanging rings, and I don’t feel ready to be married by any means. Does that say something about me, or about them? I’m not really sure. All I know is that I’d like to wait until I know what the heck I want to do with my life before deciding who I want to do it with. Of course, that doesn’t seem to be a problem at this point, since I’m single anyway. It’s a relatively easy decision when you have no options anyway.
3. A few days ago I watched the movie “Jesus Camp”, a documentary about an evangelical Christian camp in the States. I can honestly say that it scared me – much of what they were telling the kids was politically infused, to the point where they brought out a cardboard cut-out of George Bush and were blessing him. I have no problem with praying for leaders, but part of me (or really, much of me) wonders if they’d have done the same if Al Gore was the president. Considering their stance on global warming – a lady at the beginning of the movie was teaching her kids that it was a myth – I kind of doubt it. But at any rate, the movie was frightening. It was similar to my own background (Pentecostal, evangelical, charismatic, etc.), but more extreme. Saying that, though, it seems that the difference is one of degree rather than kind.
At any rate, with all that said, I really have no way of knowing if the documentary was biased in what they showed. They may have distorted it or taken pieces out of context. However, I disagreed with some of what they did, no matter whether it was in context or out of it. It felt like I was watching a live demonstration of how to brainwash little children. The leader of the camp, at the beginning of the movie, even herself compared it to those kids in Palestine who teach children to pick up guns and become soldiers. How this is supposed to be translated into a good thing when changed into a message about Jesus (and the government, and evolution, and pro-life, etc.), is beyond me. Teaching your children values and beliefs is one thing. But taking advantage of a child’s naivety to indoctrinate them with your politically charged goals is another thing entirely. It’s frightening.
4. Christmas has snuck up on me again this year. Luckily, I managed to get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done this past weekend. That made me feel pretty good; I just have a few things left to get, and I’ll do that this coming weekend. Along with that, I am able to get home a few days earlier than originally expected – my co-op job was originally scheduled until the 23rd, just because of the day of the week Christmas is on this year, but my boss informed us that we would be able to bank up our hours to take the Monday and Tuesday off, if we wished. Of course, getting those two days off means I can get the extra weekend as well, so I’m definitely taking advantage of that. It’s always nicer to be able to do Christmas shopping with a car available.
However, as I said, Christmas has snuck up on me this year. Right now I’m just not really feeling the whole Christmas spirit. Maybe it’s because my house here isn’t decorated for it. Perhaps I’ll catch the Christmas fever once I go home for the holidays. Who knows? Christmas is always a family affair. Of course, this year will be a little different since my sister is half-way around the world. It should be interesting. I’ve already shipped off my present to her through Amazon, but it’s of course not the same as seeing the person open it right in front of you. But oh well. Christmas is Christmas, and it’s always a good time of year no matter what is thrown at you. So for now, I just need to figure out how to get into the spirit of it. Maybe some eggnog might do the trick. Or maybe I’ll pass on that. Blech.
5. I really want this term to hurry up and finish already. It’s been a decent term, and I’ve enjoyed my time working at WatPD, but it’s gotten to that point that always comes when you just want it to be done, and get onto something new. I want to get back to school – it means I can sleep in more, and do less work. Or maybe not less work, but rather work that offers more flexibility in when I do it. It’s tiring to go to work every day for 8 hours a day – with school, you have classtime, but then you’re free to do your assignments whenever you wish. Before the due date, of course. But if I want, I can do an essay at 3 in the morning, which really isn’t possible with a full-time job, unless you work on the night shift or something. I think that, if possible, I’d like to get a career where my hours are flexible. I don’t think I’m cut out for the 9-5 day.
Speaking of which…
6. I’ve been trying to do some career planning. I realized recently that I’m going to be going into my 3A term. That just doesn’t seem right, as I feel like I should still be in high school as far as my maturity level goes, but that’s where I stand. It’s kind of unnerving to realize that I’m in my second-to-last year of university and I still have absolutely no idea what I want to do with the degree that I’ve spent exorbitant amounts of money to get. I mean, statistically speaking, I likely won’t even use the degree I get, or if I do, I’ll only use it for a little while and then get onto an average of 7 other careers. Kind of makes you wonder why the piece of paper is so important if no one seems to use it anyway. But whatever. I think I would like to get into some area of psychological research, but I’m not really sure what field I’m interested. Psychology is such a broad discipline that it’s hard to know what I’m really interested in. And it’s important to know that so that I can plan out the upper-year courses I want to take. Everything starts to specialize, and I don’t want to try something just to find out I’m totally not interested in it, then have to end up taking an extra term. I mean, that’s not the end of the world, but I’d like to avoid it if possible.
At any rate, I did a few of those career quizzes that try to tell you what you’re good at, and a few of them mentioned scientists or researcher, so I think I’m on the right track, which is good. Of course, some of them also said computer programmer, technician, or web developer, so I really don’t know whether they’re just kind of throwing random jobs out there and hoping one sticks. But either way, I think that psychology is at least broad enough to be useful in a variety of areas. So, even if I have no idea what I want to do, the options are somewhat open to me. I’m just not looking forward to the fact that if I want to be a researcher, I’ll likely need to end up getting a Ph. D. Ugh, too much schooling. But oh well. We’ll see what the future holds, I suppose. It just takes too long to get there. Unless my future holds the invention of a time machine, in which case it might take a lot less time. That might be nice.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. I think six random thoughts are good enough. I could try for a seventh, but I think it might be stretching things. It would likely have something to do with cheesecake, because cheesecake is good. Very good. But at any rate, there we go. That’s all, folks.