Yesterday, I was in the coffee shop and I was literally the only customer there without an Apple badge. In fact, I was having trouble with my Mac Air and I wanted to have words with any one of these left-brainers who might be responsible for my Air saying that I had a bajillion movies in my nearly-full memory. When, in fact, I had none. Here's a rashly done helpful list.
1. Humor. You must have a sense of humor -- even if no one else gets the joke. It's okay that grown men wear ironic man buns and dress like lumberjack teenagers with a side of Prince -- just enjoy their attention to fashion and be thankful this is a phase. The concepts of haircuts will once again be chic. Someday. In the meantime, remember, that you're no one to judge. You had a mullet phase or some such unfortunate fashion history.
2. Self-Acceptance. When people talk in code, binary or otherwise, it's okay that you don't understand them. Yesterday, I saw a coding T-shirt in the boys' department at Target. Really? Someone would actually put their child in that shirt? At least let him get a date to the prom first before you turn him into a major nerd. Not to mention, across from Target, there is now a new coding "afterschool" program. What happened to sports? There's more to life than school, people. Really.
You must own your right brain. This is my daughter's Chemistry folder. She wants to be a horse trainer -- NOT an engineer or a doctor -- I'd rather kill myself. (Her words, not mine.) Yes, she may have a bit of her Mama's drama. But the point is, we really aren't all meant to be doctors and engineers, and that's okay. No really, it is.
3. It's completely appropriate to have fun. Though it may not be a common occurrence in the Valley, fun is not illegal. Go to the beach. Watch a movie. Have a beer. Believe it or not, the world will not spin off of its axis because you played couch potato one afternoon.
4. See the sunshine. There is a world outside of the cubicle, and I encourage you to see it. Take the time to marvel at nature. God was an amazing engineer/designer even if no one here believes in Him. You can't miss the beauty that is the Bay Area.
5. Life isn't all about the stuff. Contrary to popular opinion, "He who dies with the most toys, doesn't win." Take the time to make the most of what you have and be grateful. It's okay if you're not driving the newest, hottest Tesla but if you are, take a moment to be thankful. Just chill. You're not a shark and you will not die if you stop for a second.