A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a friend after a class. I intend to tell you all about the courses I’m taking in another post. But we were discussing the intricacies of having a job – particularly in the fashion industry. We’re taking 3 different courses that talk about 3 different things. And even though they are all connected, you have to know a shit load of stuff for each. Which is cool, because that’s the way the industry – or any industry – works. You always have to be up to date with current information, news, articles, people and even talks. We were arguing, and agreeing, how unrealistic it is, nowadays, this quest of knowing it all.
If we think about it, it’s sort of ridiculous the amount of information we’re thrown every single day. To keep up with the world is nearly impossible. Let’s put things into perspective. I normally wake up, check up on social media, read and answer the most important e-mails. Then start to go through my daily blogs list, which is at the astonishing number of 23. And remember, some of these blogs are magazine style. Which means they have more than one new article a day.
Granted, some of them are all about images. But if there’s something that really interests me, even if it’s 10 pages long, I’ll read it and pursue the quest of knowing it all. But then, there are newsletters that flood my inbox daily – on a fucking clock. Which is where I get inspired to write or research for content. Then I have 3 different news websites I check, to keep up with worldly events. I also read a design news website. I also buy magazines. Watch documentaries. See where I’m going with this? I would have to be up 24/7 to keep up with all that’s happening, plus my personal interests, plus my hobbies, plus entertainment.
I don’t have the time for all of it. When do I work, workout, walk Poppy, or even stop? Maybe I’m being a complainer and under-achiever. And the truth is, I feel really stupid, ignorant and outdated when someone talks about something I missed. Like the latest on Trump or the Kardashians. Whatever, right? But I do. There’s this pressure where, if you don’t keep up with it, you’re not smart or intelligent or lack interest in the world around you.
It’s true that we can totally select the information we get exposed to. But it’s also true that, what another person sees or listens to, is not going to be the same. I would love to win the quest for knowing it all, but I also have limits. I keep beating myself down because I don’t necessarily follow what everyone else is. And I like to do things at my own pace and not just do it because everyone else is.
Ultimately, that’s what we were discussing. This fast paced society where information does not last more than 10 minutes and out comes something new. It’s important to stay up to date, yes, but also to know what you care and have an interest about. Just because everyone talks about Trump, you don’t necessarily have to be on the quest of knowing all that’s going on with him.
This all started because our teachers demand that we go through so much stuff – which, again, I’m loving and not complaining. And we thought we could feel overwhelmed. But where does the limit lay? Where’s a line that says TMI?