Author Archives: Twan van Elk

About Twan van Elk

Husband, dad, information professional, lover of music, snapper of shots, writer of the occasional poetically inclined musings

Self Control

Today’s Tracks, ed. 21.010

It took me a little longer than usually to put this one together. Lots of classics in it. Here’s the list:

  1. Laura Branigan – Self Control
  2. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  3. The Beatles – Paperback Writer
  4. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
  6. Evanescence – Lithium
  7. Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
  8. Faces – Stay with Me
  9. The Jeff Healey Band – Hoochie Coochie Man / Road House
  10. Fatboy Slim – Weapon Of Choice
  11. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
  12. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  13. Foreigner – Cold As Ice
  14. The Police – Message In A Bottle
  15. Toto – Hold The Line
  16. Diesel – Sausalito summer nights
  17. Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
  18. Blondie – Call Me
  19. Snap! – Rhythm is a Dancer
  20. Clout – Save Me
  21. Faithless – Insomnia
  22. Yaz – Situation
  23. Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night
  24. The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep
  25. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  26. Martika – Toy Soldiers
  27. Kayak – Ruthless Queen
  28. Chic – I Want Your Love (Shane D Special Edit – Tony Mendes Video Re-Edit)
  29. AC/DC – Back In Black
  30. The Black Crowes – Jealous Again

Selfish

revruss1220 wrote about his spouse being critical about his chosen outfit. He didn’t protest the criticism, but instead went upstairs to put together a more color-coordinated ensemble.

He explains that, as he grew older, it became clearer to him that the need to wear ‘the right’ clothes wasn’t that important anymore. He felt the pressure of fitting in lessen. One, because he became more confident with himself, and two, because his faith taught him not to worry so much about the perceptions of others.

I never felt I had to fit in. In fact, I did my best to not fit in. Until I grew older also, and it became less important to try and always be at war with the world about everything.

I think it is because my older self is seeing the benefit of being a little more selfish. And selfish old me has noticed that a lot has to do with energy consumption and preservation.

It matters to me more, the amount of energy I have to put into something and what exactly I will get out of it. If the balance between the two is off, then I’d rather focus on something else when I have the choice. And I have seen that I have that choice much more often than I used to think.

A day in the life of…

Paolo fromTOKYO – Day in the Life of a Japanese Delivery Worker

I love these ‘A day in the life of…’ videos. Ordinary people showing a ‘normal day’ in their life. For me, it is general interest first, but also I am always looking for those little habits in the day-to-day lives of people that maybe I can incorporate into my own life.

Everything in life is writable about

Colin Devroe says he is blogging for himself. He quotes Jeremy Keith, who notes that the amount of time, thought or research that goes into a post is not indicative of how well it will resonate with people. Colin goes on to say that he posts with the expectation that what he wrote will only be read by a small number of people, but that several posts he would have never thought would be of any real interest to people, in actuality turned out to be quite popular.

I love that. Because I think the really interesting blog posts are not written with the intent of garnering as much readers/viewers as possible, targeting a well-defined audience, but because someone has actually something to say (to themselves) or wants something to remember or to be remembered (archived, if you will). Writing for an intended audience is just marketing. It takes the heart away.