It’s hard to get anywhere doing the same thing everyone else does.
Take right now for instance.
Most of the country is tuned in to the Patriots versus the Chiefs NFL AFC Championship game.
I watched the first half.
Then did the dishes and never looked back.
The commercials were getting to me.
I’m not used to watching commercials let alone the same ones over and over again.
Now more than ever it takes away from whatever it is I’m watching; I just don’t have the patience.
So, I figured after enduring truck, car, tech and insurance commercials ad nauseam it was time to try something interesting again.
Like writing for you all and myself.
I’m using my fairly fresh install of Linux Lite 4.2 to compose with this evening.
It’s pretty basic and has one of everything you might need when it comes to computer programs that are frequently used.
I like the non-bloat.
I like that it doesn’t offer multiple redundant features like television has with its commercials.
I have to admit I would have endured the commercials today if any of my teams were still around.
At the least it would have been fun to see if Tom Brady could have won another trip to the Super Bowl, but it just wasn’t meant for me to be watching.
Part of the reason for that I know is it’s what everyone else does and what everyone else does is not appealing to me–because it’s what everyone else does.
I suppose too many like-minded people spoil the broth, as not having diversity in my leisure time activities puts me in a bad mood.
But there were the commercials that were off-putting and there was also annoying Tony Romo saying things like, “That doesn’t happen very often,” very often.
Another thing that doesn’t happen very often is when someone breaks away from the same old same old.
Variety is the spice of life someone once said.
That may be and at the least a little variety now and again seems to work for me.
If everyone’s a critic you really shouldn’t care too much about what it is they say about you.
I know that’s probably hard to do if you’re on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram all the time.
It’s easy to be doing what the masses do.
It’s harder to break away from lemming-like populism.
There was an episode of Seinfeld where Costanza did the opposite of what he normally would do.
I would suggest a 21st century update to that approach.
Instead of doing the opposite of what you would normally do, just do something different from what you normally would do.
This makes more sense than doing the opposite as doing the opposite of what you would normally do is more radical behaviorally-speaking than doing something different from what you would normally do.
Tonight marks my first adoption of this new approach.
Instead of watching the second half of Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes, I came here instead.
It’s not what everyone would do.
And that’s alright.