Midweek Musings: Things My Dad Taught Me

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Many different types of media caught my eye this week, and they are all so different that I've been trying to come up with a cohesive thread to explain them all, and today it hit me: each component of my midweek musings post for this week is a different lesson I learned from my dad. Maybe it's because I appreciate him more being in college and not around my family as much, maybe it's because tomorrow is Valentine's Day and for the 18th year in a row he's my only Valentine. (Self-pity, much?)

Whatever the reason, I've always been inspired by my dad's "elements of style." Though by no means a fashionista, (HAHA) my dad has personal style in a different sense: he's reasonable, he's realistic, and he's a strong advocate for having a great attitude no matter the situation. It's all about your attitude, he always says. You can make the most out of any situation; you have the power to determine what kind of day you'll have. Everyday can be the best day of your life, if only you'll allow yourself a positive outlook. Who needs the elixir of life when optimism is the key to happiness?

Here's how I've seen this philosophy play out in my discoveries of the week:

Director Casey Neistat and his viral Nike Ad (and other collection of YouTube gems - subscribe, I did)

I've been researching viral marketing because it's the topic I selected for a speech I'm preparing for one of my classes, and also because I'm a marketing major and just generally interested in viral ads, and I stumbled upon this video that film director and YouTube sensation Casey Neistat made for Nike. The premise is that he was paid to produce an ad for Nike, and instead he took the money, travelled the world, and used that footage to make an ad. Despite his bold move, Nike took on the idea and this video ended up getting 80,000 views the first day it launched. That's the power of social media, folks. Anyway, I've watched this little 4 minute clip over and over not only because of my wanderlust (which I inherited from my dad...), but because I am a firm believer in living life to its fullest extent. This is where the optimism comes in to play: don't just wait for things to happen. Do the spontaneous thing, don't worry about the consequences, (to an extent...don't go breaking the law now!) take the money and run with it, like Casey Neistat did. You never know, you might end up with a hugely successful viral video on your hands. 

PS- I was so enthralled with Neistat's directing style that I've been watching all his little YouTube videos and I am obsessed. Check them all out, especially the one about using a peanut butter jar to fix a camera and the sweet documentary about his girlfriend and their road trip to watch the launch of the space shuttle.

Music Musings: Good Old Fashioned Rock n' Roll

If there's one thing I've learned from my dad, it's to turn the music up as loud as humanly possible so you not only hear it, you feel it. There's something so positively, wonderfully bad ass about listening to good old fashioned rock n' roll and that's exactly what I've been listening to this week. It started with The Black Keys, and then Foreigner, and then The Eagles, and my friend Meg introduced me to Alabama Shakes today, which I am now obsessed with. After all this rock n' roll talk I keep thinking about that concert tee I need to invest in... (How great would this one look with some denim cutoffs and Ray Bans?) I'm thinking about a Friday afternoon vintage shopping expedition or maybe even getting tickets to see The Black Keys in May? Talk me into it. 

PS- In case you haven't noticed, in another life I was a groupie. I'm not even a little ashamed. 

So all in all, this week I've been thinking about ways to stay positive and happy. Music and travel are two things that make me insanely happy, so I'm definitely going to be using these to my advantage next time I'm feeling down. It's all in your attitude. Thanks, Dad.

{currently listening to}

Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Tighten Up - The Black Keys
Hang Loose - Alabama Shakes
Rise to the Sun - Alabama Shakes
Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner
Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
Heartache Tonight - The Eagles
Cold as Ice - Foreigner

{currently reading}

This blog is my guilty pleasure, and today I was thrilled to see that Nat spotted Anna Dello Russo on the streets of New York during fashion week this week! (Please excuse the following fangirl moment.) EEEEEEEEE!!!

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