Information as a crutch
I find myself consuming, actually, more like drowning in information. I read news and business articles constantly. I read books obsessively, up to five at a time. I watch inspirational videos with rapt attention. And I scroll through social media posts with such intent focus that one time my co-worker asked if something was wrong while I was scrolling through pictures of Shiba Inus on Instagram.
Information is a crutch for me. I use it to sound impressive. I use it to correct others. I use it to make me feel like I’m accomplishing something when in reality, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning and being informed, but information and knowledge by themselves are useless. Knowledge isn’t power, knowledge applied is power.
Consuming information is an addiction. The more you do it, the more you want to do it and for me, it’s at the expense of creation, production, and experiences. I’ve started to feel like if I consumed something digitally, it’s as if I’ve done it physically. Instead of actually going on a hike, looking through perfectly manicured Instagram posts of the Grand Teton is almost a replacement for seeing the real thing. This almost happened to me today. I’m in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a family vacation and yesterday, we had a long day of sightseeing. We planned an early morning hike for today and when the alarm went off at 7 am, I thought I’d rather sleep in than hike near the base of the Grand Teton. However, somehow, I got up and went. It was amazing. Whenever you don’t want to do something out of sheer laziness, always do it because more times than not, you won’t regret pursuing it.
So how am I going to apply knowledge? What am I going to produce and pursue? Here’s the thing, I don’t know. I don’t have a grand plan, but maybe I don’t need one. Maybe just taking a photo a day is enough. Maybe just writing in a journal every once in awhile is enough. Maybe just going on a walk with a friend is enough. But sometimes, maybes become outlets, and outlets become pursuits, and pursuits become callings. Who knows, but the dabbles in maybes shouldn’t, at the start, bear the weight of callings.
Writing one Medium post isn’t going to change my life, but at least I wrote and produced something, that’s a start.
June 23rd, 2016 — Jackson Hole, Wyoming
All photos taken by DJ Chung, June 2016