Oh Hai 2021.

Happy 2021 everyone! Mostly. I’ve got a bunch of crap to say, and if you’re reading this, sit back and enjoy a cup ‘o joe, because it might be a long one. This is partially due to some very recent events (as of this post), and if there’s any way I can lend some sort of “wisdom” and “reason” to those who need it, I’m happy to serve.

Pololloltics

For starters, I’ve never really been a politically charged person. Like everyone else, I have opinions. I see the world from a perspective, my brain processes things, then the output is my “opinion.” That’s about it really. Nothing special there.

I typically like to err on the side of “course correction based on objective reality,” however there’s been a massive change in our society’s climate to “ignore reality, make up whatever shit that makes you feel better, and condemn those who challenge your fake world,” mindset. Whew. I could probably phrase that in a more favorable and digestible slew of words, but I think you get the idea.

Here’s the thing: Reality is reality. It exists despite you not wanting to accept it. Fight it all you want, reality will always win. If you manage to escape it for a while longer, it doesn’t matter; it’ll always catch up. In my experience and limited hard-learned wisdom over the years, learning to work with it rather than against it almost always yields favorable results.

For example, when the Covid-19 pandemic started in March of 2020, we had two choices:

  1. Do nothing and watch Psychostick slowly die, or
  2. Adapt to the situation and make the most of it

There was a tough reality (pandemic) that we had to course correct for, which turned out to be our ridiculously successful livestreams. We couldn’t change reality, but we could change how we approached the problem.

Anyway, you get what I’m saying. You’re smart.

The point I’m making here is that social media and misinformation is encouraging you to fight reality and spread nonsense to others, led by one orange-colored derp-in-chief.

Before you take offense to that because you might be a conservative-minded person, I want to you take a deep breath and read this calmly:

There is a massive difference between being conservative and being a MAGA goon. HUGE difference. The conservatives who took the orange-pill side with the MAGA folks because there’s an “R” next to the name of the (as of this writing) current president, and that’s it. “Well, he’s a REPLERBLICUN, I gotta side with him!”

I have family members who took the orange pill, some of whom I would consider very smart and capable, but social media and tidal waves of misinformation radicalized them. I’m sure we all know and love some people whom this happened to. I am happy and relieved that more and more Republicans are separating themselves from whatever the hell MAGA goons are.

Thing is, I’m all for a balanced everything, because that’s LITERALLY what reality is trying to do at all times: achieve balance. Conservative and liberal creates balance. Lean too far in one direction, what happens?

I know that sounds very centrist, or moderate, or whatever. I’m more interested in seeing the balance take place because it’s compatible with how reality operates. Opinions are just concepts, but reality is not. That is an indisputable fact (unless you think this is a giant simulation or something, hah).

So, since I have you here and you’re come this far, I have some tidbits of unsolicited advice for you to consider:

  • Ditch Facebook. I mean, SERIOUSLY ditch it. Blocking and muting will only get you so far, and Facebook has been extremely irresponsible for fueling the political divide so they can fucking sell more ads. I’m all for profits, but not at the cost of feeding into the collapse of society. Watch “The Social Dilemma” for more on this, though some of the dramatizations are cheesy.
  • Limit your time with all social media. Twitter has its shortcomings too, as does Instagram, but if you can control how you spend your time on any social platform, you’ll be much happier in the long run. I can attest to this.
  • Find a project to pour your energy into! Music, art, building stuff, fixing stuff, learning a skill – it doesn’t matter. Make yourself useful. Roll up your sleeves and get lost in something. We’re restless, intelligent, creative creatures. We need a project to pour ourselves into, otherwise we’re just looking for problems in the world we can’t control, therefore creating more useless drama. DO SOMETHING FOR YOU. You deserve it.

Yesterday’s attack on the US Capitol (right now it’s Jan 7th, 2021) reminded me of the state of mental health in our country, which (shocker) isn’t good and hasn’t been good for a long time. I don’t have all the answers, but I have one suggestion that could really help…

Make America Not Afraid to Lose at Things Again

We have a very poisonous mindset in our country: Losing is bad and if you lose, you’re scum. Humpty-Trumpty has fueled this mindset since he was thrown into the spotlight, not only as president, but as a reality show star, etc. He won’t acknowledge his past failures (casinos, steaks, etc), just as he hasn’t accepted his loss of the election. Before the election took place, he even said that he wouldn’t accept the results if he lost, as if losing was impossible.

Lo and behold, he lost, didn’t accept it, and encouraged everyone to not accept it as well. Then all this nonsense happened, and here we are.

Here’s the thing: Losing happens. Most of you who have a brain know this, and it’s sad that I have to point it out, but you know… *broadly gestures at everything*

Let’s address losing. Let’s address failure. Is it bad? Is it actually bad? No, it’s not. Matter of fact, it’s good. Losing can be a very good thing because it creates humility. It humbles us. Grounds us. Forces us to learn. Forces us to adapt. It teaches us.

You can ask any (sane) successful person, no matter what field they’re in, how they got to where they are. I can guarantee you that they fell on their face multiple times before they struck it big. Very rarely does someone just succeed right off the bat, and if they do, they’ll often fail several times before they find their groove.

Guys, it’s simple: It’s okay to lose. Try not to, of course, but if you do, FUCKING LEARN FROM IT AND BECOME BETTER. I wish I could scream this is Dumpty’s face, but he’s been so lost in his delusional world for so many years that I (nor anyone) could get through to this guy. Don’t become him, because even though you might think he’s a successful person, he’s not.

Be better. Learn from mistakes. Learn from failure. Be good to each other, and for fuck’s sake, don’t be a pretentious entitled bully that thinks they can bend reality to their will. You’re smarter than that by a long shot. We should all learn and grow from the past four years that was a tsunami of mistakes and bad decisions.

*gasp*

What am I up to?

Okay, with that out of my system, here’s what I’ve been working on:

  • Psychostick, obviously. We’ll be back for Season 3 on February 18th.
  • PluhQuest! We’ve got some ambitious goals for this year, so hopefully we’ll have something to showcase very soon.
  • Programming – I’ve spent the majority of 2020 and some of 2019 sharpening my programming skills. PHP, JavaScript, and as of a last week, C++. What’s all that for? A little bit of PluhQuest and a little bit of other projects that I hopefully can get to sooner than later. 😛

Overall I’ve just been trying to learn and grow at the things I’m really passionate about. It’s tough but hey, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Right?

Kinda.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I have no idea when I’ll post next, mostly because I’m neck-deep in the previously mentioned projects, and that’s where I want to devote most of my energy.

Be good to each other out there. Times are tough, weird, and might feel hopeless sometimes, but you got this. If my dopey, chonky ass can get through it, you almost certainly can. 🙂