Should I feel guilty for not knowing the latest news in sports, movies or video games?
Whether you are working a 9 to 5 or a part-time job this situation may come up more than once. It could happen in the breakroom, in the parking lot doing carpool or at lunch in a restaurant. Conversation takes place when 2 or 3 are gathered of course. With coworkers it will usually shift rapidly to a popular topic like sports, movies, video games. It may last the whole break or split between two subjects. If you are not fully engaged in the discussions you may feel awkward!
I confess that sometimes I wonder If I should feel guilty or awkward for not being part of these discussions about sports, movie series, video games?
Did you see so-and-so in the last Star Wars?
Player X should have gone to City L team instead of City M?
Did you see that new video game? And so on …
Based on the topics being discussed one may shout at me expecting my input. I’d reply simply:
I don’t really do TV.
I don’t really follow sports.
I don’t play video games.
If I’ve been with the group for longtime I just get ignored.
Answers to these questions would mean that I get up-to-date because the group sounds really versed in these topics making you feel like an outcast.
I cannot deny that the situation put some pressure on my morale. The reaction will be to go watch the sports media, YouTube videos, Google search to catchup with my buddies. But many, many years ago I gave up TV limiting my watch time to bare minimum.
Besides my family, jobs and church ministry my time was / is spent at my computer always learning new stuff that I thought will attract money to my empty pockets (IT, network marketing, FOREX, online marketing, now affiliate marketing with WA ...).
Learning new skills always calls for dedication at least for a short period of time (intense learning) to grasp the essence of what I’m about to do.
I understood that gaining new skillsets is a sure way to earn money and make me escape the 9 to 5 rat race, the real pyramid scheme.
Since I never really made any decent money in any of them besides IT should I say that I’ve missed out?
Should I regret because I have no results to show for the things I spend time learning?
In another word did I waste my time?
I believe that we use the things that we’ve learned somehow even unconsciously. All the different learning aggregates will come out at different flow in new learning path, location, circumstance, and in many other aspects in our life.
New skills got built on previous skills to make you who you are with your experience and knowledge.
Should I feel guilty or awkward for not knowing the latest news in sports, movies or video games or for not participating in the discussions?
If you have similar thinking I’d say to move on and keep pressing on WA Affiliates great learning environment.
After pondering this for longtime I realize that I did / do not miss nothing for not being part of coworkers SME (Subject Matter Expert) sessions.