Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Statistically speaking

What everyone wants you to know is you are just like everyone else.

You've never had an original thought. You've done and tried all the same things that have been done and tried before. Statisticians have measured every possible aspect of life and can tell you with 95 percent certainty what will happen if you:

1) Go on a diet.

2) Start your own business.

3) Make New Year's resolutions.

4) Have children.

5) Get married.

6) Buy a house.

7) Make a certain amount of money.

8) Eat certain foods.

9) Vacation in Utah.

10) Commute to work.

11) Are Asian.

12) Live in Phoenix.

And many, many more things.

I've never been a big fan of statistics.

I'm not a big fan of people telling me that based on my vitals ...

(Mostly white female, age 32, overweight, no children, married, attempting to be a writer, doesn't exercise, eats too many cookies, lives in San Jose, has a college degree, drives a compact car, owns a home, has two cats, has a mixed employment history, never been arrested, never broken a bone, has a few parking and speeding tickets)

... that I will always be overweight/obese, that I will fail at writing, that I may divorce, that I will have one child, that my life will probably never amount to much more than what is between the two parentheses above.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

But I plan to be the exception. Which is my theme for 2011. Be the exception.

Not the statistic. Ignore the statistics. Statistics are for people who pay attention to statistics. I shall pay attention to life, breath, air, sky, my feet, my hands, my eyes, my loved ones.

6 comments:

  1. From the woman who gave us Clean Slate, now we have Be The Exception. You may be a prophet.

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  2. I would say that this mantra will be my next tattoo, but then I would be another statistic. Love this!

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  3. BE THE EXCEPTION!

    In other words, don't suck in the same ways everyone else does. Find your OWN ways to suck.

    (You don't suck.)

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  4. Loved Clean Slate. Love this.

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  5. I love it! It's my new goal for 2011 (starting with stealing your resolution.) I've been feeling lately like I'm living a small life. Time to change that!

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  6. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics"
    Mark Twain

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