Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Strange Dichotomy of Beauty Pageants

Stories like this make me think of things like this.


PostSecret is a very interesting website. I discovered it a few months ago and it has been featured on CNN and other news programs. People anonymously send the owner of the site a postcard with a personal secret on it. Every week (usually) the owner puts some of the postcards on his site for the whole world to see. I find it a fascinating look at people in our society. Many of the secrets are humorous, but many more clearly reveal some deep-seated pain. I think that in our current society, many of us have forgotten how to connect with someone. For all of the talk of cell phones, the internet, email, jet travel, and other technologies making the world smaller and allowing us to connect with more people; I think that we have forgotten how to meaningfully connect with someone. No technology can replace the intimacy and feeling that comes from being in the presence of another human being and talking with them, sharing a meal with them, or just being together.

I am very grateful that I have two people, my mother and my friend, Jeromy, that I know I could share anything with. Anything. Every human being needs that, I believe.

Dating Again

I got a girl's phone number today. I asked her if I could take her out to dinner some time and she agreed, giving me her phone number. She volunteers during the summer at the hospital I work at. I met at work about a month ago. We've flirted a bit and I finally got the courage to ask her out.

It's been about two years since I last had a date. I haven't been actively looking, not because I didn't want to date, but because it wasn't a priority and I knew I'd meet a girl I would like to date eventually. Though it hasn't been a priority, I have to admit I am very excited. And nervous.

She told me she will be out of town this weekend, so I will give her a call on Monday or Tuesday. We'll see how it goes.