Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Actually, Doubling Bagging Sometimes is the Best Policy

It's the New Year and you know what that means: time to stretch the ol' fighting arms to use against the masses of Resolution Ronalds out there, hogging all the treadmills.  It's also time to reflect on all of the things that you wouldn't otherwise think about.

I guess that's not true in the case though; completely uprooting my life gives me a lot to think about.  And more importantly, I have a blog now which makes this kind of reflection sort of mandatory.

Hey, I don't make the rules.

1. When in doubt, Google it.  A year ago, I was working in a biochemistry research lab in South Florida.

Lab life wasn't for me so I did what any educated professional feeling lost, overwhelmed, and without purpose would do: I Googled it.  Specifically, I Googled, "What can I do with a biochemistry degree?"

Now I'm registering to be a patent agent in Chicago.

Who says a search engine can't shape your future?

2. Don't commute in heels.  Why don't they have this posted at the Chicago Midway Airport for those of us who spent the first 22 years of our lives in tennis shoes?  You just don't do public transportation in office shoes.  Best case scenario, you'll end up with soggy pant hems.  Worse case scenario, you're looking at an alarming skin infection.

3. Double bagging isn't always the best policy, but sometimes it is.  Like when you're walking two blocks home from Walmart with a week's worth of groceries.  Greek yogurt and bananas have no place on city sidewalks.

4. Wear sunscreen.  Just do it.

5. Going on day trips with your coworkers is a bit awkward, unless you do it in a stripper-pole equipped party bus.  Then it's extremely awkward.

6. When someone asks if you like scavenger hunts, the answer is yes.  That is, unless you don't like 400 extra dollars.  Then I guess you can say no.

7. Bloody Marys are always the solution.

8. People never win radio giveaways.  Except when they do, so never give up.  Magic happens and it occasionally involves Miley without a shirt.

9. A marathon really hurts.  There's no getting around this one.  Training for and completing one is an inexplicable feeling and truly one of the most personally gratifying things I've experienced.  But there's something to be said about the first guy who ran 26.2 miles at once.  (Spoiler: he died.)

10. If you like what you do, own it.  Just do you, and don't let any Reddit user try and stop you.  Not everyone's going to like you but as long as you feel good about what you're doing, let the haters hate.

11. Relationships are hard and there will be times that you might not think it's worth it.  But every once in a while, you find one that is.

12. Friends who brunch together, stay together.

13. In the end, all that really matters is the people you love.  Bloody Marys may come in a close second though.

It's been one hell of a ride, 2013.  I'm sad to see you go.
Happy New Year!  Have a New Year's Mimosa for me.

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1 comment:

  1. Hell yes, I google everything. It helpede discover a power hour app for our New Years party yesterday :) cheers to 2014!