One of the most daunting tasks I’ve ever faced is answering the question: “So, when are we all free to meet up?”
In reality, relationships require intentional decisions. The cocktail of time and intentional relationship building drives the relationship forward.
Personally, I love making and receiving special notes. After a long day, it felt nice to be excited about something and reminded me of my love for small surprises with personal touches. In fact, these tend to put me in awe even more than typical birthday presents and holiday cards. Their unexpectedness swings in their favor and the hustle and bustle of celebrations don’t get in the way of appreciating them.
So listen to people. The complexity of our language is one of the most unique things that we have as humans to interact with each other. I urge you to enjoy it.
Considering that Facebook by its very nature lets us down, is it necessarily a good thing? As it turns out, yes. Sure, the age of social media has not been what we had expected. Yet Facebook has become part of what we consider friendship to be.
By definition, labels allow us to sort people, and can’t help but dictate our assumptions of how we should interact based on our similarities and differences. These labels impose arbitrary boundaries on a world of spectrums, and with them come a series of divisions between “us” and “them” that are almost impossible to dissolve.
Modern information technology has connected us, but also has opened our lives up in a way that makes us more vulnerable to coercion and more susceptible to the commercialization of our personal lives. However, the power that external agents (like Facebook, identity thieves, or the market) have over us is only the power that we give them.
To many people, and especially to Stanford students, getting married or engaged while still in college may sound like a crazy idea. For a few Stanford undergraduates, however, tying the knot during their time here has been the right choice.