We Didn’t Start The Fire

December 27, 2011

The truth in the logo

So, once again Facebook has decided to implement some weird change to the layout and function of their social networking site. The “newsfeed” add on about a year ago was WAY too much for me. Facebook was bad enough when I had to search out people to stalk. Now, all I have to do is log on and I get more information about people than I ever cared or needed to know. I wonder why we continue to allow our lives to be front page news (literally). But I am guilty, like so many others, of posting pictures of my latest adventure or little things about my day like people actually cared what I thought about ANYTHING. There are many times I have debated deleting my Facebook and disconnecting that part of my world, but the sad part is that Facebook has become a legitimate way I keep in touch with people that I really do care about. Because without that I would be forced to exchange emails or call my friends to check on them more or (dare I say it) send a letter to a friend that is far away. It is sad that I sit and wonder sometimes how I would stay connected with what’s going on in Joe from college if I didn’t see his relationship status change on my newsfeed. When you stop and think about it, it’s kinda impersonal. But I digress.

The real purpose of this post was to compare a little ‘quiz’ I did almost 6 years ago with how I would answer now. I stumbled upon this while exploring Mark Zuckerberg’s newest change to the Facebook interface, Timeline. Yes, I know you wanted to know exactly who was writing on your high school boyfriend’s wall when you were in high school (if you had Facebook then…). Well, now you can go back to 2005 and catch up with your old Facebook posts. I feel like this is an add on that would mean more 5 or 10 years from now. Facebook isn’t really 10 years old and most of it’s recent success was in the last 5 years. I think everyone loves nostalgia, but I don’t really feel like 4 years ago is such a “blast from the past”. However, I guess it’s one of those ‘kinda cool things that I can explore now since I’m on break with nothing to do, but this time next week when school starts back I won’t give it a second thought’ things.

There I go on a tangent again…to the quiz! Enjoy! 🙂

The answers in parenthesis are my 2011 answers and my 2006 answers are not in parenthesis.
LAYER ONE: ON THE OUTSIDE
Name:
*** (It hasn’t changed and I’m not really giving away names on this blog. Sorry!)

Birthday:
Sept. 30

Current Location:
my living room (My bedroom, I forgot about the days before I had a laptop and our family computer was in the living room…)

Eye Color:
brown
Hair Color:
brown wit a little red

Righty or Lefty:
Righty

Zodiac Sign:
libra

LAYER TWO: ON THE INSIDE
Your fears:
losing the people i love and not being good enough (Well, I experienced some of both of these things in the years between 2006 and now. So I think my new fears are losing my empathy for people)

Your perfect pizza:
thick crust cheese, pepperoni, bacon like a meatlovers:Plol (Anything deep dish Chicago style–yup, i’ve crossed over the the dark side!)

Your current love:
God

LAYER THREE: TODAY

Your thoughts first waking up:
Back to school…aww..man:( (Christmas part two! Yay!)

Your best physical feature:
umm….i guess my smile (still is 🙂 )

Your bedtime:
um it depends on a lot of stuff (I am a grown woman–I do what I want. Which is usually in bed by 12)

Your most missed memory:
hangin wit my cuzs either in ATL or Chi-town and hangin wit my all my friends (A life without responsibilities…lol)

LAYER FOUR YOUR PICK:
Pepsi or Coke:
dr. pepper (or sprite)

McDonald’s or Burger King:
burger king (or Chik-fil-a)

Single or group dates:
both (single)

Adidas or Nike:
nike (sure…)

Lipton Tea or Nestea:
either (Southern sweet tea!)

Chocolate or vanilla:
I LOVE CHOCOLATE! but i like the smell of vanilla…(somethings never change)

LAYER FIVE: DO YOU?
Smoke:
nope (and it’s gonna stay that way)

Take a showers:
yep (and it’s gonna stay that way)

Think you’ve been in love:
yeah (not really, I have been pretty infatuated over the years, but not truly in love)

Believe in yourself:
yeah (got to!)

Like someone right now:
no (not entirely true…)

Tell your friends you love them:
yes…LOVE YOU ALL!:D (yes!)

LAYER SIX: IN THE PAST MONTH
Gone to the mall?
yep (check)

Been on stage:
umm…does chorus count? lol (does my school’s atrium count?)

Eaten Sushi:
nope…eww…nah (hahaha, yes! And loved it! So, I guess somethings do change…lol)

Been dumped:
nope (no)

Gone skating:
no(I WANT TO!:D) (i’m going this weekend! )

Dyed your hair:
nope (no)

Got asked out:
lol no (does to study count?)

LAYER SEVEN: HAVE YOU EVER:
Changed who you were with to fit in:
nope (unfortunately in the past, yes)

LAYER EIGHT: GETTING OLD:

Age you’re hoping to be married:
late 20’s (i guess we can still shoot for that…lol It might be more early 30s)

Age you hope you die?
whenever God wants to take me (yes)

Age you want to have kids:
late 20’s early 30’s (How about mid 30s?)

Name 2 things you want to do:
1. grow closer to God
2. live life to the fullest (yes to both!)

LAYER NINE: IN A GIRL/GUY:
Best eye color:
it doesn’t matter (same)

Best hair color:
dark (sure…it doesn’t really matter)

Clothing style:
whatever looks best on him (yes)

Serious or funny:
funny!!!!!! (yes)

LAYER TEN: WHAT WERE YOU DOING?
1 min. ago :
listenin to music like i am now…lol (Writing this post…)

1 hour ago:
at tha bank..(On Facebook…thus how this whole post came to be)

1 day ago:
goin to church (Celebrating Christmas with my family!)

2 years ago:
umm…doin stuff (I wish I could always be this specific! lol And I was Junior in college who knows what I was doing…)

LAYER ELEVEN: FINISH THE SENTENCE:
I love:
God, my parents, my grandma, all my family, and ALL MY WONDERMOUS FRIENDS!:D (I would agree except with the word “wondermous” and i would like to add that I still love my grandma even though she is no longer with me here on earth)

I don’t:
want to go to school tomorrow (I’ll be saying that a week from now…lol I don’t want this Christmas to end…)

I feel:
sleepy and tired (12:30 am…yeah, that sounds about right lol)

I hate:
fake and arrogant ppl…(amen, sista!)

I miss:
my family in chicago and atlanta, and my friends not here. (My grandma and my friends from HU and LUMC)
I need:
to do my pre-cal…uggh. (oh wow…I don’t miss those days. I need to order my book for my social justice class, pay my rent, wash clothes and pack, call my doctor about my bill, deposit money in the bank, etc. Welcome to adulthood 17 year-old me! lol)

I want:
to go to Africa right now!!!!!!!!! (travel the world)

I would like to go:
to Africa…good thing i am:D (If you couldn’t tell I was excited about this trip to Africa..as I should have been. I’m going to Haiti this summer, so I guess I want to go there.)

Goodnight!

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100 Years

February 13, 2011

I am not doing very good at this post a week thing, but once my senior seminar is over I plan to worry less and enjoy life more. It has been a hectic, but wonderful first 5 weeks of school. For one, I can’t believe that it has been 5 weeks already. I am excited about the next chapter of life, but I am nervous about the future also. I guess that’s why today’s topic has struck me so post worthy. “What would i say to myself if i could go ten years into the past?” Well, I am going to answer that and take it a step further by writing to myself 10 years into the future as well.

So here we go:

Dear 11 year old me,
I know you are all excited about graduating 6th grade in a couple of months. It is a great
experience,but enjoy elementary while you can. Unfortunately, you will never have recess
again after this year.The people you thought were your friends will start to act weird
and mean because they think they are "cooler" that way. But don't do that.
Look around at the friends you have and cherish the ones who have always been there
because 10 years from now, they actually will still be there. So treat them better.
Don't take yourself too seriously and enjoy every experience you can.
Except don't try out for the Jr. High cheer leading team. You are better than that and
you are just going to get discouraged and make you feel bad about yourself.
Try focusing on your grades and schoolwork. 7th grade is going to be a little challenging,
so, work hard. You are going to medical school someday! You should probably start earlier
than I did caring about your grades. Oh, and don't quit piano.
You are just going to end up doing it off and on for the next 1o years
and retaking lessons at my age. So, I'm sure there are a lot of things I could tell you,
but somethings you need to experience so that you can become me.
However, the last advice I'll give you, young one, is
don't waste your time and energy on the jerks you will meet in the next 10 years.
I haven't found a special someone yet, but I hate the energy I spent caring about
some of the jokers you are about to meet. Believe me, love will come just be patient.
Well, I have to go. Enjoy life and every moment. Love God and love people.
Love,

21 year old me

Now, to the future:

Dear 31 year old me,
You have to understand how weird I feel writing to myself in the future. I have lots of questions and I would really love if you could write to yourself 10 years ago and let me know what is in store for the next 10 years. But I guess you are a doctor now and I hope that you are married, but if not that’s okay. And if you are married, do i have any children yet? I would assume that you would tell me some of the same things that I told my 11 year old self. About enjoying life and cherishing my real friends. There’s probably some more jokers in my future that I’ve wasted time on, but hopefully my broken road is leading us somewhere. I hope that I have kept in touch with my friends from college. I don’t know how much they mean to you, but they mean a lot to me right now. And I hope that the friends I made in medical school are good people. I hope that I am fluent in Spanish and I have been back to Africa at least once. (If not living there right now…) I hope that wherever I am, I am helping people through medicine and touching lives. I know that God is still a major part of my life and I hope that my parents are somewhere near. I guess my biggest hope is that you are a better person than I am today, but still down to earth,  fun loving, and hopeful. I hope that life has not beaten you to the point where I am none of those things 10 years from now. I believe that the best is yet to come for both us.
Please respond. Love God and love people. Stay true to us.
Sincerely,
21 year old me