Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I have just a few brief thoughts on this Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad. For those of you that haven’t succumbed to the buzz about this topic, here’s a link to a USA Today article that ran today. It’s concise, and gives you the low-down on what’s going on.

Why do so many people object to this TV spot running during the Super Bowl? I honestly don’t get it. First and foremost, no one has seen it – I just want to be clear: not a single person, except the creators of this ad, has even seen it! There’s this huge debate about something that none of us have even seen! Speculation is swirling about the spot including the topic of abortion. Focus on the Family, the organization sponsoring it, would obviously be anti-abortion, (or is it: “pro-life” or “anti-women’s rights” as some are now calling it?) but who cares? If you’re upset about a sensitive issue running on TV, get over it. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech is what the United States, like it or not, stands for. What about the garbage that’s all over cable television that exposes younger generations to premarital sex, drugs, prostitution, adultery and so on and so forth? What about political/controversial ads that run outside of the Super Bowl commercial line-up? Is it so much different what actual time that this spot is aired? If the sponsoring organizations can afford a $2.5 million time slot, so be it – just cover your ears, close your eyes! And honestly, is a 30-second TV spot going to change the public opinion on such a serious and deeply-rooted moral debate? If it does, you obviously didn’t have much of an investment into that topic of discussion in the first place. The women’s’ advocacy groups that are screaming out against this are making it sound like this organization who’s running the ad are a bunch women-hating-morons that don’t deserve to be heard, and in doing so, are creating even more interest in the commercial than if they ignored it and left it alone.

Bottom line: who cares, CBS is making bank.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Looking back at 2009...

I’ve often times struggled with an outlook on how to view life going by so fast. The days sometimes individually crawl, but next thing I know, I’m waking up and an entire week has gone by – weeks add up to months, months to years. As depressing as this may sound, there’s a certain element about getting older that I find incredibly depressing. Maybe it’s because no matter what your particular faith may be about God and afterlife, the indisputable fact is that this is your life, on this planet, in your body – and you only get one. “Can you believe it’s the New Year already?” so many people have asked. Every single holiday season my answer has been: no, I absolutely can’t – how is it possible that life is moving so quickly? I’ve had that response every time… except this year. This year I took some time to actually reflect upon the past year and all that my life entailed.

This go-around, for the first time ever, I find myself wondering how it’s only been one year.

This past year I…

- Worked as a marketing intern at a major airline
- Commenced my final semester as an undergraduate student
- Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business
- Went on a week-long Spring Break trip with almost 50 people from my school
- Began an internship at a casual dining conglomerate
- Moved in with my parents, and then moved out again on my complete own
- Was hired on full-time for my first-ever salaried position
- Traveled to different places
- Completed my first-ever full Marathon in a little over four hours
- Got in a car wreck
- Discovered one of my new favorite bands
- Won a Men's Singles and Doubles tennis league
- Saw countless movies, concerts and sporting events

And the list goes on. When I think back at all of these things, and so much more, it makes me smile, not only because of how blessed I’ve been in my life, but that it was truly a year to remember. And if I’ve learned anything from this past year, it’s been that I want every subsequent one to be just as great, if not better.