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Confessions of a Facebook-o-holic

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Ah, the Internet! Such a paradox, isn’t it? On one hand, it’s an incredibly useful tool and makes life so easy for people; you have at your fingertips total access to just about anything: email, shopping, social networking, the news, videos and music, numerous encyclopedias, dictionaries, periodicals, research tools, how-to sites, even e-books. However, on the other hand, you have endless amounts of useless information or websites that lend themselves quite well to…procrastination. And lucky for me, I happen to be a hard-core procrastinator (with or without the help of the Internet).

I claim to work best under pressure, but really, working under pressure is pretty much all I’ve ever known. I wish I could break that habit (and I’m sure if I tried hard enough, I could), but for as far back as I can remember I’ve been a “get it done the night before” kind of girl. Despite the length or importance of my to-do list, I always find something to distract myself with, and for the last few years, it’s been the Internet.

Well, about two weeks ago, I promised myself that I’d temporarily give up any and all “time wasting” internet activities—Facebook, YIM, Sweet, online Tetris (yes, I play online Tetris…don’t judge!) and a few others —in order to increase my daily productivity. How long did I last? Umm…about two days.

Now, I could’ve just given up completely and gone back to my old procrastinating ways. And at first I did. But then last Sunday I was sitting in my living room at about 11pm, staring at Facebook and stressing over the seemingly endless list of stuff that I need to get done between now and the end of the semester, and this bitter feeling of disappointment came over me: Am I really this undisciplined? I can’t even stay away from Facebook, etc. for a few weeks? That’s pretty pathetic.

Upon having this revelation, I quickly ‘IMed’ my friend Sarah who happened to be on Yahoo Instant Messenger at the time:

“Can you do me a huge favor?” I asked. “This is going to sound kind of ridiculous and strange, but if I give you all my login information for my Facebook, YIM, etc., will you log in and change my passwords on each one so I no longer have access to them?” I then explained precisely why I was doing this, and Sarah, lovely person that she is, agreed to help me out without even the slightest bit of hesitation.

So, since Sunday, April 18th, I have not logged on to Facebook, nor have I checked any of the other useless, procrastination-inducing websites that I normally visit. (So if you’re wondering why I haven’t been online as much, now you know!)

How does it feel? Pretty strange. I didn’t realize until I gave it up just how severely addicted I am to Facebook. But if I’m serious about finishing this semester on a strong note, then that’s the measure to which I must go. Of course, I still have my blog, YouTube, and several other online procrastination options, but I’m really going to try to avoid them, at least until finals. Err…well…except for my blog. But I don’t use this thing on a daily basis anyway, so I think I’ll be okay.

So, friends (especially those of you who are currently reading this via Facebook Notes), see you in a few weeks. The end of my college career draws nigh! =)

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World Community Arts Day 2010: “Peace for the Nations”

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A few months ago, I was lurking on Matthew Vasquez’s Facebook page (for those who don’t know, Matthew is the lead singer of Delta Spirit—a band that I am highly fond of), and I came across a Facebook event called “World Community Arts Day 2010” for which he had RSVPed. The title of the event immediately caught my attention, so I clicked on it, and behold! I discovered a fascinating phenomenon that apparently began a few years ago and is slowly becoming a global interest.

World Community Arts Day began in 2007 by a group of people who had a dream to use art on a global scale as a catalyst to raise social awareness in all sorts of contexts. We all have “global issues” that concern us: world peace, environment conservation, poverty, modern-day slavery, racial prejudice…the list goes on. So the idea was for people everywhere to consider a social issue that was important to them and to create an art project that related to said issue (in whatever medium one preferred). Fast-forward a few years…it’s now 2010, and people in various countries are making it their annual tradition to participate in World Community Arts Day.

Being an artist myself, this clearly struck a loud chord in my own heart. So I decided to participate this year. Well, today is World Community Arts Day, and this afternoon, I spent some time doing one of my favorite activities in the world: art (my chosen medium was charcoal + pencil sketching).

My afternoon began at the Laughing Ladies Café in Shoreline. With a 12 oz. hazelnut latte and my iTunes by my side, I sat down and began sketching, not entirely knowing what the result would be (that’s usually how it goes when I pursue any sort of art project). But you know what? I’m rather happy with the way my piece turned out:

I titled this one “Peace for the Nations.” (The Hindi inscription spells out the word “peace.”) And no, it’s not designed to raise awareness about world peace. Personally, I’m not sure that world peace will ever be obtained. But that’s another discussion for another time. So what is the drawing about, you ask? Well, it mainly represents a personal issue that, lately, has persistently been on my heart. It seems that everywhere I look, bad things keep happening, and as of late, the “bad” keeps moving closer to my own borders. And I’ve realized that the only “solution” to any of these issues is God’s gift of peace. And it’s just that: a gift. Not something I can obtain on my own. But here’s to hoping that I do obtain it at some point, and also, that I may serve as a sliver of peace to those around me. Perhaps this is a stepping stone. I can only hope that my art, as imperfect and insignificant as it is (like me), somehow serves as a catalyst for peace.