Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Timeless

Alas, today is my final day interning at Curiosity, and it has come far too soon. I have thought long and hard about how I would say good-bye to this summer, the Curiosity staff, and you, my beloved blog readers. Up until yesterday, I was planning to serenade the office with a sweet rendition of “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan.

As powerful as that would have been, I’ve decided to take this time to share something different with you (sorry Warren, I’m sure the interpretive dance you prepared will come in handy another time).

So, I want you to look at the figure below. What comes to mind?


Well, let me give you a hint: there are 365 boxes. Are you with me now? That grid represents one year—one year of your life, and each box is one day.

When I saw this image online last night, it blew my mind. See, we are conditioned to think of a year as a long period of time. It is usually spread out onto twelve or even fifty-two pages. But when it is laid out like this, it doesn’t seem so long at all.

And how many boxes do you have left? The average American gets around 80 grids. So even if you live a long, healthy life (a big if), that’s what? 20, 40, or 60 more?

I hope this serves as a wake-up call. You don’t have unlimited time to do all of the things you want to do. I am leaving Curiosity today knowing that I had so much more I wanted to do here—so much more I wanted to learn. Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t live as if your time will never run out.

The message here is that time is of the essence. Stop going through the motions and take some time to think. How do you want to fill your boxes?

Advice from Ariel
The moment is now. This is your sign. Go do it, whatever it may be.
Monday, August 9, 2010

The Dream Team

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well.

This is my last full week interning at Curiosity, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without all the intelligent and talented people here. That is why, in my blog today, I would like to give the spotlight to the other members of Curiosity’s team. Some of their titles do not completely describe the breadth of their skills and roles here at Curiosity, so I will be assigning new titles in an arbitrary highly scientific way.

Disclaimer: In truth, I’m not sure what all of these peoples’ titles actually are. But I see them on a daily basis, so they will be included.

Here we go:

Alli – Digital Artist, Manipulator of Mysterious Computer Magic, and Accomplished Advisor to My Nonsensical Pursuits.

Braidi – Computer Programmer, Knower of Many Things that I Will Likely Never Understand, and Most Successful Twenty Year-Old I Know.

Charlie – Creative Director, Artistic Visionary, Unquenchable Music Enthusiast, Inventor of Numerous Nicknames, and Elusive Frenchman.

Deirdre – Winner of the Award for Busiest Phone (And I suspect Inbox, as well), Prodigious Multi-tasker, Medal Winning Athlete (See Curiosity’s Facebook photos).

Erica – New Senior Strategist, and Nicest Person I’ve Met Today.

Jeff – Seer of the Big Picture, Expert Digital Strategist, and Performer of Duties That Are Way Over My Head.

JP – Relentless Writer, Ambassador of Bigness, Perpetual Entertainer, and Semi-Professional Bear-Fighter.

Kelly – Senior Production Designer, New Mom, Frequent Compliment Giver, One of the Friendliest People I Know.

Megan – Senior Art Director, Unofficial Executive of Energy and Enthusiasm, Medal Winning Athlete, Lover of Guinea Pigs.

Nakita – Account Executive, Genius-Level Mental Computation (Comparable to Rain Man), Generous Giver of Free Time, Consistently Early to Work.

Ried – Creative Director, Writer Extraordinaire, Encourager of My Absurd and Ludicrous Sense of Humor, Ex-Cosmonaut. (That last part probably isn’t true.)

Vicki – Preventer of Organizational Disasters, Possessed of a Formidable Amount of Agency Experience, The Backbone of the Curiosity Advertising Apparatus.

Matt and Greg – Curiosity’s Dynamic Duo, Doers of All Things That Need to Be Done, Givers of Advice, Anecdotes and Reading Material Wherever Needed, The Founding Fathers of This More Perfect Agency.

These are not all the people I have met or worked with, but these are the people I see most frequently at Curiosity. They’re a great group of people and it has been an honor to learn from them.

Wisdom by Warren:
Did you know shrimp have horns?
That’s not a joke, shrimp actually have horns.