Communication

I go to a big school; I see thousands of people a day, and the majority of those people are speed walking across campus to class. It seems that most, myself included, rarely acknowledge others. It sounds kind of rude, right? As the older generations strongly believe, kids are addicted to their phones, iPods, mp3s, etc. The fact that thousands of these aforementioned students have headphones in, listening to their favorite songs, doesn’t exactly deject the idea that the younger generations don’t know how to communicate. But something that a lot of people take for granted is the fact that being on phones, listening to music, and checking social media is a form of communication. It isn’t bad—it’s different.

I hate that some people consider having headphones in means you have poor communication skills. The best part of listening to music is that it is a FORM OF COMMUNICATION. Musicians, singers, and writers are all telling stories, spreading news, giving advice, and opening their hearts to anyone who will listen. Every singer in every genre has his or her own story, style, and purpose. Finding that purpose makes us good listeners. Listening is a key ingredient in communication, and what a person listens to often relates to their own personalities and experiences. Because of this, we have a better chance of relating to those around us and deciphering their personalities. Take advantage of music, guys.

Now I’ll be honest, there is definitely a time and place to be playing with your electronics and listening to your tunes. In class, during a meeting, or just talking to someone is no time to whip out your cell phone and scroll through your Twitter feed. THAT is rude—you become that person that people can’t stand talking to. If you are talking to someone, take your headphones out, put the phone away, and listen. It may not be the best conversation you’ve ever had, but at least you’ll understand what is happening rather than rocking out in your head or concerning yourself with the newest and ever classy Mizzou Passouts on Twitter.

Now I’m not saying I’m innocent of doing these things. If anything, I’m probably one of the worst. The thing is, I would rather have a real conversation face-to-face than a smiley face death match via text message because I can’t come up with anything clever. It’s on my agenda to focus more on the people around me, and not what song is on or who just liked my Facebook status.

Communication isn’t dead people. It’s different. Learn from others, share music, enjoy listening, and communicate in every way possible. Just be considerate, and don’t be that butt nugget we all secretly dislike with a passion.

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Typical

Today in my Honors Sociology class, my professor used the term “typical” which got me thinking, what exactly is typical? It is often used to describe many different aspects in life. Saying something is typical usually means normal, average, and expected, right? So why should people want to be described as typical? We don’t.

Being called average or typical stings. It hurts more than most let on because no one wants to be known that way. A lot of people want to make a name for themselves, be remembered, be outgoing and adventurous, and live for God. We want to be OURSELVES. Being typical is the opposite of being oneself. It is being what society knows as the norm. Average people. Don’t be typical.

If you have a lot of typical days, the problem is likely you, rather than the day. If you wake up expecting a boring and blah day, STOP. Expectation is the reason you have days like this. If you plan from the beginning not to enjoy something, there is a good chance you aren’t going to enjoy it. Personally, I think this is an obvious observation, but so many people let bad attitudes or events ruin their days, as well as the days of other. What ever happened to being happy, kind, and just enjoying life?

I’m sure this is a little scattered, but being typical has hit me hard today. When I die, I don’t want to be remembered for being “typical.” Rather, I want to be known for doing something with my life. Most of all, when I get to Heaven, I want to tell God Himself that I wasn’t typical. That I wasn’t on the sidelines. That I lived for Him.

I challenge any random person or friend of mine that reads this to take this to heart. Don’t be typical. Go out of your way to be kind, don’t be shy, share your interests, love others, and live for God. Enjoy life. It can be a struggle at times, but if you aren’t taking advantage of the opportunities that God places in front of you, you’re doing life wrong. Reevaluate, breathe, live.

Clutter

It’s a new semester here at good ol’ Mizzou. My classes are great so far, my friendships are better than ever, and I’ve decided that it is time to step up my game. I have gotten involved with an on-campus ministry and it is one of the best decisions I’ve made in college. However, when I’m not with the great people I’ve met there, my life tends to be stressful, hectic, and I’m much farther from God than I should be. That being said, this semester I plan to overcome the clutter that is life in college. Setting aside time to read my Bible, having a conversation with God, and just sitting in silence sans electronics are all on my agenda. I challenge anyone who stumbles across my measly blog to do the same. Take a break during your day and write down three things you’re thankful for in a journal. Life isn’t something to throw away. Be you, enjoy the little things, share your love, and trust in God.