How to Escape a Bubble

bubble boy tries to escape

We all live in bubbles of our own making, where comfort zones and rationalizations make pretty, soapy swirls and a cozy, finite environment. In the Bay Area, the bubble effect creates lovable attitudes–a dogged sense of optimism, innovation, and tech glam in spite of grim global problems–and misguided enthusiasts as well. A consumer technology article I read last week surmised that now that “we all” have access to high-speed wireless communications and pervasive online networks, the social-local-mobile model is just so passe. Now, we can set our sights on the next vision of the future!! *Orbitz girl smile*

It’s always good to look beyond the present and think big for the next step, especially when world-changing innovation could be just around the corner. The techni-coded bubble of the Bay is not without its faults. Even though they provide the stability needed for further growth, sometimes our bubbles blind us. That’s why stepping outside can be so terrifying.

holy captain barnacle, spongebob!

If you’re covered in sticky stuff and the bubble wand has fallen in: never fear, help is here.

How to Escape a Bubble:

1) Go outside.

Walk around in a neighborhood that’s not yours. Be open to the beauty abounding around you. Make eye contact with and smile at people on the street. Question the root of social conditions that detract from human dignity, even if they make you uncomfortable.

2) Solve real problems.

Not celebrity bullshit. Not the next Facebook. Not an easier way to order a soy decaf cappuccino while dropping off your dry cleaning while your dog is getting a facial. Refer to your brain and step one for inspiration.

3) Be your bigger person.

Being wrong is part of being human. We’ve all heard it before: embrace your mistakes by learning from them. We all come up with a lot of reasons to defend our bad behavior, but it just hurts more in the end. The best we can do is own up, move on, and stop letting it mess with other people.

And, in here’s where it gets good: because of our perpetual imperfections, the process of breaking down and building up, breaking down and building up, is what keeps creativity fresh. That’s what allows our daily work to be meaningful. And that moment when we choose to break the seal, pop the top, or take that step– that moment is actually pure joy, not fear.

This kid’s got it right, for sure.
boy popping bubble


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