I’ve been ready to replace my living room furniture for several years. I purchased my couch shortly after graduating from college in 2007, and while it has survived kittens, multiple moves and three children, it was pretty battered.
Several years ago, there was a viral video going around the internet based on a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson about the way that our society approaches education. The argument was made that the public education system was established to prepare workers for an industrialist society, not one that relies on creativity and innovation in the way the 21st-century workplace does.
A few months ago, I began to notice a pattern. Each morning of the week, I’d wake up to my alarm on my cell phone, begrudgingly pull myself out of bed and, after taking care of a couple basic needs, would begin to wake and ready my kids for school and childcare.
My career path has been more of a winding road than a straight line. I got my bachelor’s degree in music education and taught for a few years, before some unanticipated changes put me on the path to non-profit administration, which ultimately led to a career in which I lead a digital marketing agency.
Every Sunday, I get a notification on my phone that tells me about my screen time for the past week. It analyzes the quantity of time I use my phone, the frequency that I pick up my phone, the notifications I get and where I’m spending my time on my phone.
I’m fairly certain that I’m lactose intolerant, or at the very least sensitive to dairy. Yet, over the past month or two, I’ve found myself with a bowl of ice cream or a pizza more times than I care to admit.