Dear Internet New-Agey, Self-Help, Life Advisory Writers (including numerous internet sites and Facebook feeds with supposedly sage advice on everything from work to personal growth to love to living an “authentic” life):
This is in no way meant to be an overgeneralization on age/experience (although it is) nor is it in any way meant to offend young people (although it will).... A fair share of these articles leave me thinking "K, kid come talk to me with 10 to 15 years under your belt" or some other I'm sure equally offensive thought process from a partially jaded, old (yet very full on life experience overall and I guess that is my point) woman.
Like - relationship advice article for instance: I took a year off after college to move somewhere new and concentrate on myself, gave up dating, started yoga blah blah blah… And now my new boyfriend and I know ALL.THESE.THINGS so lemme tell ya about them... You learned ALL THAT in a year AND started a new relationship? Wow, quick study.
Or an article on how to best end a relationship advises amongst other very basic instruction: Talk about things like how much longer your lease is and whether you will sublet? Wait, is this not a given? We have to write break-up articles for people in leases? I wonder what else they did not learn in high school?
Or a title like How To Attract Your Perfect Match and Find Your Life’s Purpose…. Really? You mean all at THE.SAME.TIME? There are steps for that?
Really? Oops did I say that already?
Who ARE these people? Like SO MANY things on-line, these articles leave me wanting for real conversation (or even insight) from real people who actually have the scars of life on their backs. People who know something of loss (other than the not-so-nifty use or be used situations of college 20somethings). People made of salt and sweat with deep roots in the earth who understand how life sways with the winds of change (and can maybe even remember that song). People with laugh lines despite their fair share of tears. People who are annoyingly practical and logical while underneath still open because they understand that first you have to get there. People who know that getting there doesn’t just happen in a year, doesn’t just manifest because that perfect relationship came along, doesn’t just exist somewhere out there to be captured through the power of positive thinking alone.
Where do these people gather now? I’m in search of them. I find myself either skimming the above and then thinking – god, why did I just read that? Or, listening to some in-person nonsense (as I did yesterday in the lounge at the barn) about how Ronald Reagan’s son is an Atheist and actually said he wasn’t afraid of burning in Hell and how this was ridiculous because he was acknowledging Hell. Seriously? And when I try to explain – I didn’t see it but I don’t think that is what he meant I get – Oh nooooooooo, the creepy Atheist man definitely meant that when he goes to Hell and is burned he won’t be afraid…
LOL LOL LOL do you feel my frustration ON.ALL.LEVELS?
Luckily, it is spring and I have lots of work to keep me busy and off the internet. I’m still trying to figure out how to manage the whole barn lounge let's sit around smoke cigarettes, drink coffee and allow just plain stupid shit to come out of our mouths on a minute by minute basis thing…
Escaping reality - one movie, book, fantasy at a time :)