Aging is a Bad Habit (The Power of Inertia)

Aging DefinedYear after year, we enable our body to age. We are in fact, enablers.

We are creatures of habit, and many of us tend to seek the path of least-resistance. It’s simply human nature. So each day, we go about our pattern of preparing to face the day, earn an income, and shield ourselves from the battery of the world. And each day, we push ourselves a little less – because it’s easier. We’re tired. Life is tiring. And our minds, they play tricks on us. Our brain wants us to conserve energy, you know, in case of emergency.

When you push yourself, you may notice the inertia of the challenge – physical or mental – gives you more energy. It takes energy to create energy, but it’s interesting to note – you can fake this part. You can pretend you have energy, and just make yourself DO something a little extra. Remember, your lack of energy is just your brain playing a game – and winning.

When was the last time you stretched? I mean, REALLY stretched? Can you touch your toes? When was the last time you tried? The more you do now, the more you will be able to do later (physically and mentally). You know, a few years from now when you’re a few years….older.

Here’s the thing. If you just go about your day, doing what the same thing you did today that you did yesterday – you will be able to do less later on. Yes, aging is biological, but it’s also mental, and partially habitual.

What kind of aging habits have you created?

Don’t forget! Life is a game – that means plenty of opportunities to level up. 🙂

Facebook Compares to AOL? Time for New Habits

The Verge shared some scary insight today:

Facebook is the beginning and the end of the internet for a huge number of normal people, a combination of primary service provider (user profiles, messaging, photo sharing) and ’90s-style portal to the wider web. Facebook has its own IM platform, Messenger, just like AOL had AOL Instant Messenger.

This has so much truth in it, it makes me sad and gives me hope – hope because like AOL, maybe Facebook will actually be replaced some day.

I joined Facebook in it’s early days of public access, when it was fun, interesting, and social. Anyone who was around then, and still uses it now, will likely agree – Facebook isn’t what it was. I do think it was successful in bringing people together but I think Facebook has basically lost it’s way.

Google Play Newsstand
Google Play Newsstand

Out of frustration of what Facebook is now, I have started to create some new habits for myself that so far – are working. Instead of beginning the day with Facebook for news (which no longer appears in my News Feed unless the posts are sponsored), I now reach for my Google Play Newsstand.

Google Play Newsstand is an Android App. where I can see highlighted news I from sources I have selected. Unlike RSS, you aren’t able to add your own preferred feeds, but it’s a great starting point with a lot of fantastic news sources that cover news, business, entertainment, sports, and more. If you use Android, I highly recommend taking a look.

After browsing through Google Newsstand, I’ll often check out Reddit where I view internet cultivated news, learn new things, and get book recommendations (here, here, and here). It took me quite a while from the time I first learned about Reddit, to where I actually began to use it. Granted, they could use a nicer looking design, but the site functions well and their voting system works more or less as intended.

On Reddit, the more popular posts get voted up, and become easier for you to find. And no matter what your interests are, you’ll be sure to find a subreddit that exists – just play around with the search box.

All in all, my biggest motivation is to use Facebook only occasionally, rather than often. There are better ways to find out what’s going in the world, and someday, I hope there will be better ways to connect with friends, perhaps even here within the WordPress community.

How about you? Do you still find Facebook serves it’s purpose as a tool to connect with Friends? Is it more social, or anti-social in your life?