I like me. I like who I have become. I can look back at where I have been and see who has emerged, the me I am now and the one I want to continue to develop. It doesn’t end here; the quest is lifelong.
I am an old soul trapped in a modern time. I love black and white or Technicolor movies. I love browsing through antique stores. I love driving across the desert. I love talking on the phone but, for God’s sake, get to the point – most phone talk is a wasteful use of time. I love body surfing and wave jumping, when the water is warm. I love washing down a driveway with the hose. I love doing dishes by hand. I love sitting in a rocking chair. I love fresh cut flowers. I love playing h-o-r-s-e. I love long dinners. I love taking my time as I window shop. I love homemade cookies and hand-dipped chocolates. I love wearing skirts and long dresses. And I love being in love.
Many would consider these things old-fashioned.
I hate non-descript emails <spam> that have been sent to thousands. I am not a big fan of the phrase reaching out to you. I despise traffic and selfish drivers. I hate scanning my own groceries; I prefer a checker to do that for me. If I’m going to scan them myself, can I get 10% off? I hate when someone enters an office and doesn’t say a word to anyone – no “good morning” or “hello.” I don’t like when my favorite sandwich shop or pizza place closes down. I hate when the prices change at the local donut shop. I would prefer it if the left hand knew what the right hand was doing. I cannot stand when someone interrupts me, then says, “Am I bothering you?” I even hate the word hate.
But being an old soul doesn’t mean I do not embrace modern conveniences. I love email – when there is a point and it is addressed specifically to me. I love my mobile phone, that particular balance is continually evolving for me. Many who know me know that I have had a cell phone addiction problem, it is a work in progress – but I think I have found the balance. I have made it pretty simple to find me. I only recently removed my mobile number from my profiles, but my work number and email addresses are easy to find. I am easy to find. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest – these tools have been set up to make it easy to find me. My business, my writing, my networks are important enough for me to want to maintain – on a regular basis.
It’s OK if You Don’t Agree
Not everyone shares my sentiment. And that’s ok. What a boring world it would be if we were all stupidly happy everyday and everyone did exactly as expected and exactly as everyone else.
Why It’s a Quest
There are parts of unpredictability that are old-fashioned and romanticized but there are also parts of it that are fantastically modern and innovative. Basically, I can’t help myself.
Be different. Do different. Be you and find power in that.
by Rayanne Thorn