Monday, March 21, 2016

Adventure! (03/21/16)

We all aspire to be great- to be the Katniss Everdeen or the Luke Skywalker who turns society from complete chaos to... something better... With our "FlashBright Flashlight", you can finally be the hero you always imagined you could be! Just call 1-800-SCAMMER to order your own. Once again, that is 1-800-000-0000.

Please don't call that number. It is for satirical purposes only. You are, on the other hand, allowed and, in fact, advised to look up the word "satirical" if you don't already know what it means.

Have you ever noticed how so many car commercials show high speed chases or hard terrain treks, yet no one actually does any of that in real life? (Well, except for the professionals, including the ones who make those commercials) They use the advertising trick of appealing to our adventurous desires to try to sell us their products.

Car commercials aren't the only ones. A lot of popular books and movies nowadays are action-adventures in which the main character is fighting off bad guys and stopping murderers. (Yes, this also includes dystopias like Hunger Games and Star Wars.) It's not that there aren't also good books and movies about plain, old, everyday life, it's just that we humans crave the action and adventure of action-adventure. It doesn't even end with the books and movies, either- ads and products everywhere promise something new and out of the ordinary.

The more I relate to those books, movies, and commercials, the more I tend to feel the strain of everyday life. Isn't it annoying how chores, such as laundry and dishes, never end? You can wash every piece of clothing in the house, yet what you're wearing will have to be washed, and within a week or so, you have a nice sized pile once again of things that need cleaned again. Wouldn't it be nice if you were living like Katniss, out in the woods with someone who understands you, without a care in the world? (Go Team Gale!)

Well, if you want Katniss's life, then you have to want all of her life, including the parts about killing children, not dying, and faking romance. You always want what you don't have, but once you get it, you realize how much better off you were before.

I'm pretty sure your life is exciting anyways. You just have to find it. Your name isn't going to be drawn from a hat and you'll be chosen to have a life worthy of the next famous dystopian novel. If you want to have fun, find the places around you where you can go hiking, bowling, skiing, rock climbing, or just hanging out with friends. Envy gets you nowhere except deeper into misery.

What if you really want to make a difference? What if you want to stand out from among the masses of people who drive back and forth between home and work?

  • Make a difference in someone's life. Be there for a friend, or even someone you don't know or don't like. 
  • Make a difference in the community. Support local businesses, clean up the local park, or create a great, new event. Start up a local scouting troop. 
  • Make a difference in an industry. Make a new clothing line to give women's jeans more pocket room, juniors' dresses a little more length, or girls' t-shirts something more than just sparkles. 

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