It’s been awhile since I wrote anything, so I thought I’d give a quick update. Actually, what happened is that I intended to get up early to work out but hit snooze too many times, and now I’m trying to fill up what time I have left before my 7:15 conference by writing at least part of this post
So, quick update:
My workouts have been limited to much fewer runs and more elliptical workouts. This is in part because I want to make sure my knee is ok (mild pes anserine bursitis), and in part because this dam* flu bug has left me incredibly drained. I went from functioning fine on 5-6 hours of sleep a night to feeling like I need 8-10 hours a night and still feeling tired. Whenever I tell people I got the flu this year, they’re like, “Oh did you the flu shot??” Some say it merely out of curiosity: Does the flu shot help? Many seem to ask as if to say: Well, you must not have gotten the flu shot, so it’s your fault your sick.
Yes, I got the flu shot. Yes, I had more symptoms than just feeling achy, tired, and congested (recall: passed out cold and had 30 minutes of uncontrollable rigor), although that’s what I feel like now a week and a half later.
Loving my rotation right now. I’m on musculoskeletal MRI, so I look at a lot of knee and shoulder MRIs, some people with generalized pain, some with specific sports related injuries. I really like it, I think in part from my sports background. I also love piecing together the mechanics of how the injury happened based on the injury pattern in the MRI. Cool stuff. I really love my job, despite still having to put in study time nearly 9 years after graduating from college. Honestly, I don’t really mind the studying, because I most of the time find like what I’m reading interesting.
Plus, how can you not mind studying in this setting:
I just haven’t been in the mood to write much lately and have been really sick of social media in general, particularly instagram. I started following a few of the bloggers I like on instagram, and via their profile, started checking out a few other “active/healthy lifestyle” persons….if I see one more picture of a Garmin or treadmill mileage, I’m going to scream.
Example of the weird, acknowledgment-seeking “fit” person’s Instagram post who thinks she’s oh-so-influential (I’ve eliminated the person’s name, cause I’m not trying to attack any one person):
I’m so glad you consider your life well because you burned 671 calories in 1 hour 31 minutes and 15 seconds. I’m so proud of you that the amount of calories you just burned signifies to you that you are not merely alive, but well. Good for you.
Also, did you really think someone was going to steal this incredibly Earth-shattering, inspirational photo of yours?? (I erased the name, but the gold stripe in the right upper corner was stamped with her signature).
Seriously. It’s like these people are fishing for “likes” and compliments. Do these people need constant acknowledgment to get through their day? Would their self-esteem be destroyed if they didn’t have people constantly liking their posts or telling them how great and fast they are? Gosh, I hope I’m not like that, and sorry if I have been, cause I’m pretty sure I have been quite annoying at times. Yes, I like to post my workouts, but I do it on my blog only. For some reason, I don’t mind and LIKE reading about peoples’ workouts when it’s on their blog. However, the blogs I enjoy the most have more substantial content than just “this is how much I ran” and “look at what I ate today.”
Anyway, I don’t mean to be super critical, and this is certainly not directed towards any one person. I’ve just been thinking about how crazy this blogging and social media world can be….how so many people seem to need constant attention, approval, and acknowledgment from people….how some people depend on social media to feel loved and liked, to give them a sense of worth. Has social media made this worse, or just made it more obvious how many people are needy and place their sense of worth on the wrong things?