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Random Trends I see in America

Before living abroad I was constantly reading. Library books, blogs, magazines, essentially anything I could get my hands on. I’m a generalist. I know enough about most things to get the general idea and be able to explain it to others. Most of my friends happen to be specialists, knowing deep about a certain thing or area. I love picking peoples brains to know what they know and learn from them what I can. I love learning in general.Since living abroad and being back to America for a short time I have been doing much of this again. Reading broadly, catching up with friends and looking to make new ones and searching for what I do not know that they might. I don’t know if this has a name or if anyone else does this.

My good friend Sarah, called me a people collector. I wasn’t sure if I should take that as a complement or not. But yes I’m a good networker. I’m not afraid to make a cold call to someone I do not know as long as I have a subject or  point of interests to ask them about.

All of this makes me think of trends I am starting to see, read or hear about in America. And I really don’t care much about trends I do find them interesting. So these are some things I can think will be happening in the next 3-5 years.
360: The idea of taking an inventory of everything around you and seeing how it can work more efficiently and effectively.  Whether it’s in your personal contacts or in your work life this can be a great tool to get an idea of where and what to purge but also where your strengths lie that you may not be aware of.

The beginning of the year I sent out a short questionnaire to a few friends and trusted people in my life to see what they thought. Given a 360 is usually done in a work setting, sent out by your manager and then distilled before given back to you so you are unable to pinpoint who said what. Either way I find them very interesting.

Elle magazine recently did this in a merge of their print and online media work flow and people. Interesting read of how working might also change in this way.

Connection: Put down your damn phone! Connecting with human beings will become big again. I think it’s funny how so many people can only find people outside their social circle by going on an app. But in the same sadly it’s true. Many of my friends have started going off Facebook because of the time suck and to be more productive and connected. People will find you and connect with you if they truly care.

Interesting enough, “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.” And more so if it’s good for addiction, I’m sure it’s even better for a host of other social problems people face. In Senegal, they said “people are people’s medicine.”

Touch: This goes along with connection. In our world of personal space the strange thing is many other cultures it simply doesn’t exist. Amanda Palmer,  musician turned author,  mentions cuddling parties as she did her U.S. book tour.

“This week someone tweeted me about a woman who has started a cuddling
business. Coincidentally, I was touring in Portland, Oregon, so we
visited Samantha’s cuddle shop, where you can book a 60-minute
appointment to spoon, have your head patted and engage in prolonged
eye-gazing. Her phone has been ringing off the hook – she got 10,000
emails the first week – and the poor girl’s been working 10-hour days
attempting to train three other cuddlers to meet the demand for basic
human contact. As I entered the cuddle shop, I passed her last customer
of the day – a businessman who glanced at me, embarrassed yet happy,
like an awkward husband in a lingerie department.”

Strange, right? But honestly if you aren’t in a relationship that allows you to do this, is this the next thing people would pay for? Cuddling? Connection on the simplest level. I also think massage will be huge but because of another trend.

Stress or trying to reduce it: I get stressed out just thinking about this.

Busy vs. Priorites via thegoodquote on instagram

Stopping the endless circle of the “busy”/Mindfulness: This idea has been around for a long time, but people are too invested to get off the hamster wheel. Sure we are all busy, stop waving it around like it’s your reason to be. It’s not. Everyone is ‘busy’, we all have lives. One does not matter more than another. Mindfulness is going to be a huge.

“The Dalai Lama, when asked what most surprises him about man, replied
that man “sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he
sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious
about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being
that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he
is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”



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