The Columnist vs Procrastination: The Life Long Battle

I have been a chronic procrastinator for a very long time. It started at a very young age(probably around middle school). I remember looking at homework and just ignoring it to do something else. But honestly, who wants to do homework in middle school? In high school my procrastination got  worse.  Especially around Sophomore/Junior year. Sophomore and Junior year was an “important” time because that was around the time college choices and future decisions started looming around the corner. Everyone was rushing around applying to all these colleges and prepping for the ACTs, but I was more concerned about playing video games and going to the gym. Granted I wasn’t really interested in going to school at all. I wanted to do something with art and I had a feeling that college didn’t have to be apart of the equation. But nonetheless I went to college(Or rather I just did it because everyone told me to do it). And that was when my procrastination came into full swing. There is so much do in college from going to extracurricular activities to just hanging out with friends(or just eating a lot of food which is what I did most of the time). Now I am going to be completely honest with you high school DID NOT prepare me for college. I struggled through it for the three years that I was there, and I could barely stand sitting in the class rooms. Of course there were some classes that I thoroughly enjoyed but they were few and far between. But I digress back to the procrastination. My procrastination became exceedingly terrible when I had to write papers. Especially when teachers had the audacity to give two six page papers and decided that they had to be turned in on the same day. It’s like they had this committee dedicated to making student life a living hell. I remember looking at the paper with just one paragraph and thinking “What’s happening on “Youtube”.  I thought it would end when I left college but that wasn’t the case. Procrastination still comes around even when your trying to do something you’re passionate about, I even procrastinated quite a bit writing this blog right now(yes I just admitted it). The thing is procrastination itself isn’t bad it’s when you let it run your entire life that causes the problem. We are all human and we want to avoid things that make us feel “bad” but we must get past the bad to get to the good. Now excuse me while I procrastinate on writing another post.

“Get a Real Job”: The Bullsh*t Phrase I Hear too Often

Recently I came across an article that was talking about how Youtubers won’t be making as much money as they used to due to the ad revenue dropping and some companies dropping said Youtubers all together. The article itself isn’t what got to me it was the comment section that made me upset. At least half of the comments consisted of people saying “That’s what they get, now it’s time for them to get a real job” or “All Youtuber’s do is sit around and make videos”. Some people even started talking about those involved in other aspects of the arts (i.e. actors,writers, artist etc) and how they do no real work and give nothing back to society. And the only thing I could think about was how foolish(cause that’s the only word I can say without adding more vulgar language). If you don’t think that the arts don’t contribute to anything then look at some of the ads and shorts that aired during the 2017 Oscars. The arts provide a way for individuals to express themselves in ways that other fields can not. When we act we don’t just act like how the character would act, we act how we would react in the given circumstance. All the great books in history were made by creative individuals and people with visions of different worlds. And music has had such a huge impact on the world that it’s hard to pick one thing that stands out. Everyone has that one song that strikes them in a very special place that nothing else can, and everyone has that one artist or band that speaks to their very soul every time they release a track. Now YouTube is very similar to all these things but also very different. In the beginning YouTube was a platform for individuals to express themselves and accept their weirdness, but overtime it became a place to make a bunch of money. Granted their are Youtubers that make videos just for the sheer pleasure of it(Casey Neistat-a role model of mine, iisuperwomanii, Wong Fu Productions) to name a few. But it seems like in this day and age everyone just wants to make money and get the most views instead of creating content for content’s sake. And that makes since(cause everyone needs to eat). But we also need to appreciate what art does and what artist do for us instead of bashing people and telling them to get a real job. We all have different hopes,dreams, interest, and passions, and that’s what makes us unique that is also what makes us human. Also if everyone decided to get a “real” job this world would be pretty boring…In my opinion.