The mass-shooting epidemic of public bragging is about to start

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(photo taken on December 27th, 2007, in Reykjavik)

This year’s grand finale is slowly but surely approaching and if you are anything like me (in love with ticked boxes, crossed to-do lists and impressive inventory of this year’s accomplishments), this is your last chance.

The mass-shooting epidemic of public bragging will start soon. Just imagine all of your friends (and enemies, for that matter) shamelessly cataloguing countries visited, kilos lost, diets invented, trainings completed, pets adopted, projects finished, likes received, clients won, rooms renovated, jobs left and found or kids accomplished…

What would you do? Write another sentimental essay on how you searched your soul and stayed true to yourself and close to your loved ones or gained a deeper understanding of something so personal that nobody really knows what it is? This is not to say that self-reflection or list of learnins aren’t important, because they are. But not just now.

Christmas with all the hearty food, parties, non-stop shopping, glittering decorations and annual bonuses just around the corner has reinvented itself as a time of tangible results. Whether you like it or not. We all had our bad days, some of us probably had a totally crappy year or very confusing one, we may feel worn out or misanthropic, we may’ve never felt less like partying, but, frankly – who cares? The overwhelming assumption is still that you’ve been given these 12 months of valuable time and you were supposed to make the most of it, you were supposed to have goals and plans and dreams and now it’s time to celebrate:

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You better watch out

You better not cry

Better not pout

I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

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So, with all that said – it’s still possible to do more and shine! Here is my personal last-minute accomplishment list:

  • Visit a new city (Hey, Dublin and Istanbul)
  • Take on a new habit, download a new app or try out new digital service (finally, signed up for Netflix!)
  • Fix something in the house
  • Read a new book (I have a looooong list there)
  • Attend a networking event, business launch or Christmas party where you don’t know anyone
  • Change your hair style (in Chicago, courtesy of Rachel at Charles Ifergan)
  • Buy a last-minute ticket
  • Host a party
  • Try a new recipe (this is a big one for me, coz I rarely cook and don’t bake, so making these cheese puffs felt like a feat).
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14 Responses to The mass-shooting epidemic of public bragging is about to start

  1. Clem says:

    If you won $100m lottery today, what would you do? I’m guessing write books 😉

    • Yana says:

      I would go back to work on Monday, as usual.

      • Clem says:

        Same result if that would be $1bn ?

      • Yana says:

        1 billion would not give me immediately anything, no status, no fulfilment, no respect of others, no career progression.

      • Clem says:

        Billion is status by itself. It is also great block of energy and power with which you can do things with. Like open your own gallery or startup or whatever floats your boat. (Like Elon Musk who as i think you know founded Tesla and SpaceX with Paypal money) [ love this Khan Academy interview w/ him]
        But you will still work as senior manager (? sorry if incorrect) at Paypal? Well, you really love your job. That is such a luxury

      • Yana says:

        Yes, I love what I do. And no, I do not have a plan how to spend a billion, but I do have a plan how to become a Director, a Senior Director, a VP, etc. If I really had a billion, my plans could evolve, i would learn about new opportunities. But immediately the next day, i would still go to work, as usual.

  2. lucidsunrise says:

    As if you ever fixed anything in the house 😛

  3. capslock says:

    Yana, do you use reddit? Also have you seen tv show The Wire? it’s the shit srsly

    • Yana says:

      No, for both. What’s special about them?

      • capslock says:

        The Wire is on a lot of lists of best tv shows of all time usually in the top 3.
        Also ex mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr “upon being elected, announced that he would not enter a coalition government with anyone that had not watched the HBO series The Wire”

      • Yana says:

        That’s something 😉

      • capslock says:

        btw, Gnarr recently wrote memoirs about his mayoral time. He was comedian and never had any political experience prior. Also was declared almost retarded in childhood. Interesting person

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