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Self Inflicted Damage | Really Little Wins

How in the hell do we get anything done?

We live in a world that has never moved faster. We’re not ok with anything that takes less than a millisecond and the requests for our time and our effort, across multiple platforms both online and IRL are absolutely, mind boggling insane.

What’s a guy to do?

Sometimes, you need a little science fiction to keep yourself on track.

I just started watching a show on Netflix called Altered Carbon. Now, I’m 9 episodes in and I don’t know how I feel about it, so don’t treat this as an ad for Altered Carbon. I think it has some interesting points but I also think that it’s problematic in a variety of way. But it’s pretty and I like Joel Kinnaman. So here we are.

In any case, not to give anything too serious away, but in this particular show there exist a series of artificial constructs that people are brought into in virtual worlds. Yes. It’s The Matrix.

But one of the major things that happens through the course of the film is that characters become capable of altering, or even leaving these constructs (I know…I’m describing the Matrix…deal with it).

So what does this have to do with your schedule, your social media life and our need to be “on” at all times?

Well, you could, if you really wanted to, step out of it. I don’t HAVE to hang out on Twitter and talk to my friends. I could go for a walk. I don’t HAVE to watch Altered Carbon. I could read the book it’s based on. We don’t HAVE to do a lot of the things that we do, all day every day.

But we do.


Because we’re expected to.

Now I’m not saying that the next move is to just walk away from everything. I’ve got kids. I’ve got a wife. I like video games. I LIKE watching Netflix…usually.

What I’m saying is that we need to start seeing ourselves as active participants.

If you think you’re not in control of your life, you’re probably right.

So do something about it.

Turn off your Facebook account for a month. Say no to the next 10 things that people ask you to do that you don’t want to. Unplug your TV.


Or don’t.

But if you don’t, realize that MUCH of what you are talking about when you talk about life being crazy is self-inflicted damage.