A little over a year ago, I stopped regularly engaging with social media. It wasn’t an absolute, deliberate choice but instead something that was fueled in part by a general boredom with technology and also by my growing anxiety with the increasing amount of propaganda on social media. It was bothersome and frustrating to not only see it all but to see my friends and family blindly following aggressive and misleading content towards ideologies I felt were very wrong. I don’t want social media to be a political tool or even a news outlet but instead a way to connect with other people. I believe that technology has the ability to strengthen our humanity if we let it, but I believe the best way to do it is to remember the people with whom we’re connecting through that technology.
I miss the ease with which I can interact with people on social media, and I think I can approach it now with a clear and creatively-charged mind. I plan to share and engage a bit more, but I totally will block your ass if you’re being an idiot.
If you’re wondering where I’ve been: I quit my job, traveled a lot with my savings, released an album of piano solos, learned to oil paint, learned to draw vector images, built an identity as a street artist (kinda), mastered making ice cream, and learned to solder, among other things. I’m continuing to work on my music and art, and I’m toying with the idea of building a business plan for a unique ice cream shop.
I’m now figuring out what I want to do next professionally. I want to find a job that is challenging both intellectually and creatively. I didn’t mind being a data analyst, but I don’t want to be a data jockey or task rabbit that just does what he’s told. That sort of humdrum just doesn’t make for a happy Domenick. I enjoy and excel at being in charge of projects that require a wide range of skills. Let me know if you come across anyone that might need me.
In the meantime, enjoy this video that I included with my application to The Onion: