“‘All around us are people of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages. For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they part, they go their several ways, never, perhaps, to see each other again.” Murder on the Orient Express.
I’m an introvert. I enjoy the online blogging community because I can make friends and don’t have to go outside.
The biggest problem I have created for myself in this is isolation. I would rather build walls made out of books, tv shows, and video games and be alone, than risk the rejection I may receive if I try to meet new people.
But, it’s dangerous to build walls, to be alone. And to feel alone. Living in a world by yourself can lead to loneliness and depression over time. Human connections are essential to growth.
So let’s start small. Say “hello!” to three people today. Go shopping in a store instead of online. And next time someone asks you out, say yes!
Make connections in online communities. Try out Postcrossing or find a penpal, and connect with people around the world via snail mail. Most importantly, make real, human interactions with people that can see, feel, and understand you.
Open up your world and let people in.
Don’t feel alone. Because you never are.
I’ve been away for awhile, I got sucked into the glorious, bottomless pit that is the world of manga and anime. The older I get the more wonderful, nerdy things I discover. Nerding out is way too much fun. It totally transcends all other hobbies. I could write a whole article on how manga is the highest form of art (I will. Coming up next.) I could go for hours about how video games help people connect and build creativity and imagination.
There is a certain stigma that goes along with being an adult nerd. I’ve always said so, and will stand by my belief on this one. According to professional society, appropriate adult hobbies are things like: photography, hiking, and traveling. (everyone says their hobby is traveling, especially people who don’t travel.) Answering the question in public, “What are some things you do for fun?” With “I like to play video games, watch anime and go to Comic-Con.” Always seems to go over awkwardly.
Why is that? Why do people turn up there nose at adults who enjoy this particular group of hobbies? Why is gaming considered a waste of time? The online gaming community is vibrant, and a great way to connect with other people, have fun with friends, and experience new worlds all through your computer screen.
Why is anime considered to be something that is only enjoyed by men in dark basements? Because it’s different? Because it’s animated? We have countless American animated shows, Bojack Horseman, Family Guy, Archer, which are hardly worth watching compared to some anime such as Attack On Titan and Knights of Sidonia.
Why is cosplay considered weird and childish? The amount of time, effort and ingenuity that it takes to create such amazing costumes is astonishing. It is true talent and creativity.
Am I the only one that feels like its “not okay” to talk about nerd hobbies in public? That feels like I need to find a “regular person” hobby to do on the side, to seem normal around other adults? That I should take up fishing or posting selfies on Instagram? Am I alone here?
Help me out my other nerd friends. Does this happen to you too? Let me know your thoughts. I’ll be wading through Persona 5 and waiting to hear from you.
There are different types of nerds in the world. The older I get, somehow, I am getting more nerdy.
My new obsession is the Japanese anime “Attack on Titan,” an amazing show about humans living within a walled city who have to protect themselves from the giants living outside the wall. As of 2015 a live action movie was made, check out the poster for it below. It soon may be remade as an American film by Warner Bros, who are tying to obtain the rights. (Read more about that here)
Yes, I have turned into an anime person. There’s something I never thought would happen. What’s next? Who knows…
Spring has finally graced us with her presence here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I thought I would share a few snaps of the amazing spring day today, may there be many more beautiful days to come!!
My Neighbor’s Beautiful Tulips
A Happy Squirrel Enjoying The Sunshine
A Creek In The Park And Some Dandelions
So Happy To Have Some Sunshine In The Park!
A Cute Patch Of Daisies
I hope you are enjoying some spring weather as well!
I started Postcrossing about a month ago, and I am so happy that I did! I have been having so much fun with it. Not only is getting postcards from all over the world a one-of-a kind experience, but sending postcards is also rewarding, knowing you are connecting with someone across the world.
If you aren’t sure what Postcrossing is, it is an online project that allows its members to send and receive postcards all around the globe. The project’s tag line is “send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!” Here are three reasons why I am in love with Postcrossing, and you can be too!
A New Experience
First of all, Postcrossing adds a different type of experience to our regular day-to-day routine. It allows us to connect with people across the world who are in different types of communities, and have different hobbies, different family structures, and different likes, dislikes and social experiences than us. These are people that we would never come in contact with otherwise, and connecting with them can help expand our worldview. We also get to discover new cities, islands and locations that we have never heard of! Getting a postcard from a country you never knew existed is an experience in itself. It is a little like traveling, and gives us a sense of discovery.
Each Card Is Unique
I read a few gripes about Postcrossing when I started, such as: “I receive way more mail from Russia, Germany, and China then I receive from anywhere else!” and “Sometimes I receive cards that are blank, or just say, “Happy Postcrossing!” Its true, not everyone has the same dedication to Postcrossing, but the pros outweigh the cons. And yes, there are some countries that are more heavily involved in Postcrossing than others, so you will be receiving more cards from Germany than you will be from Christmas Island. No matter where you receive from, each postcard is different, and coming from a new, unique person who thought of you especially when the they picked the postcard, wrote on it and mailed it. Every card is special! This month, I received two postcards from Russia, two from Germany, one from France, Belarus, Hong Kong, India, and Turkey. Every card was different and so exciting to receive. I also sent 24 postcards, to Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Australia, Belarus ,and Belgium. It is always fun to read each Postcrosser’s bio, choose a postcard that you think they would like, and write a note to them personally. Pen-pals and direct swaps (sending postcards back and forth between two people) can also be arranged through messaging on Postcrossing if you make a new friend and want to correspond directly with them!
Ready to have your mind blown? Signing up at http://www.postcrossing.com its absolutely free. I’m actually still blown away by this. Most pen-pal websites have a signup charge, and some even have a monthly fee. Postcrossing is supported by donors, and has over 670,000 members worldwide. There are individual expenses that have to be covered with Postcrossing, such as postcards and stamps. The cost of international mail differs by county, but postcards are always cheaper in bulk. This animal box of 100 postcards was $4.98 on clearance at http://www.Amazon.com, and I bought a ton of these beautiful postcards of my home state for nine cents each on sale at Walgreens.
So are you interested? Sign up! Like I said, its free. If you don’t love it, you can stop anytime. You can always deactivate your account, even if you just want to take a break for awhile! Also, it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. If you only want to send one or two a month, that’s okay! As many as you send out, that’s as many as you’ll get back! Its as easy as that! So, what are you waiting for?
A Supervolcano Eruption
Rescue workers seach for survivors in the ash after Japan’s 2014 Mount Ontake eruption
A Large Asteroid Impact
A Gamma Ray Burst
Spontaneous Human Combustion
A Huge Storm
A graph showing the estimated height of the Lituya Bay megatsunami compared to well-known skyscrapers.