This is the end of an era.
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This is the end of an era.
I’ve just received some very alarming news.
People measure their lives in milestones, from the cradle to the grave. New parents keep charts of their childrens’ milestones – from rolling over and sitting up to first steps and first words. It’s a trend that permeates every aspect of our lives, but nowhere more than in relationships.
I’m really concerned about our country.
Facing out or facing in? The age-old question of toilet paper rolls.
I was just reading about President Obama’s new push to pass his health care legislation and the republican opposition. It’s an interesting subject.
I’m an unabashed affection whore, I’m not ashamed to admit.
A friend of mine recently committed the cardinal sin.
Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for me to give my annual soapbox speech about how wonderful Valentine’s Day is.
Relationship “experts” usually annoy the heck out of me. I don’t think there is such a thing, first of all. But aside from that, a relationship “expert’s” opinion is usually heavily influenced by his or her past experience. While this is perfectly natural, the simple truth is this makes them inherently unreliable. Why, you ask? People tend to gravitate toward familiarity: It’s a trait of human nature. It’s part of why people often find themselves in “ruts,” or why they sometimes get restless. It’s because they tend to find a comfortable groove and stick with it. Let’s face it, change is a scary thing. It’s this very trait that makes relationship experts unreliable, though. Their past experience creates their template, which they then apply to every situation they encounter. This doesn’t just happen with experts, though. We all do it, myself included. I remember a movie quote about hunches. The problem with a hunch is that, once you have one, you only tend to see things that reinforce that hunch. The same thing goes for your relationship template. Sometimes you go into a relationship with an expectation, and the first thing you see to support that expectation completely cements your perception of the relationship. Sometimes you don’t have an expectation and your opinion is shaped by the first thing that falls into your sphere of experience. Your sphere of experience is the collection of things you’ve experienced in your life. The more experience you’ve had in an area, the stronger your opinion gets with respect to that area. The stronger your opinion, the more unlikely you are to change it. That’s dangerous in relationships because no two people are alike. You can spend years getting to know someone and still not see the entire picture. I don’t mean that in a bad way, either. Sometimes you peel back countless layers to reveal something truly beautiful inside. Relationship experts do the same thing. Their opinions are based upon their sphere of experience, which cannot possibly take into account the nuances of every relationship on Earth. It seems illogical to stereotype people and relationships based upon a tiny sliver of what composes that person or relationship. If you ask my opinion, they’re completely useless. Well, I can see I’ve gone off on a tangent. Truth be told, I didn’t write this column to rant about relationship “experts.” I guess I just get carried away sometimes. I actually just read an interesting article about relationships. This is unique, first, because I generally avoid reading articles about relationships. Their misguided lunacy tends to drive me nuts. It’s also unique because I happened to like this one. The article was about positives you can take away from a bad date. It gave a list of 12 reasons why a bad date can be a good thing. The list ranged from getting dating practice to getting out of the house to networking. I’ve always been willing to go out on a date, even if I know the odds of a second date are slim. I saw a lot of my reasons mirrored in this article, especially the most important one: You just might learn something. Every experience we have, good or bad, teaches us something. We learn lessons about ourselves, about other people and about life in general. Our sphere of experience grows with every new experience we have, making us better able to understand things that happen to us. On the flip-side, our confidence in our intuition grows, as well. That makes us more likely to prejudge people and situations. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong, but when we’re wrong we end up closing ourselves off to a good experience. This all goes back to my most important reason for dating: just to date. Everything you do that expands your sphere of experience is a positive. We can only grow from our experiences, and the more varied they are, the more we grow. If you try something you don’t think you’ll like and do it with an open mind, you just might learn something. Kind of like how I learned something from reading that article. Hmmm … Maybe all relationship “experts” aren’t completely useless after all. Find The Metro Perspective’s fan page on Facebook.
I have been in a funk like I can’t even tell you lately. The stress has been unbearable.
I would like to take a moment to discuss what I think is a very serious problem in society today. It is an issue which has not received much attention, but which affects each and every one of us. And I think it’s time that we all took a stand and demanded that it come to an end. I’m speaking, of course, about straight marriage.
Here we are at the end of another term, so I thought I would take a break from my typical serious material and do something a bit more fun. After all, what’s life without a little fun? Besides, I have to get this done so I can study for my finals.
By Jeff Klein Life Columnist
I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve lied to my parents.
I’m deep in the throes of a funk. Things haven’t been going as well for me as I would like them to. I know that I’m not unique in this: people go through funks all the time, and I try to be there for the people I care for as best I can.
The United States Air Force Academy’s Falconaires brought their jazz styling to Pease Auditorium last Friday in a concert hosted by the Eastern Michigan University Department of Music and Dance. The EMU Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Donald Babcock, opened for The Falconaires.
I’m not just saying this to pander to my female readers, but I belong to a gender of complete idiots. I’m not kidding, every last one of us, myself included.
Jazz lovers delight as the United States Air Force Academy’s Falconaires big band soars into Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium tomorrow night at 7.
I was e-rifling through a bunch of old files on my hard drive when I came across something I wrote a couple of years ago: My Six Word Memoir.