Written by: Hollis Citron, Executive Contributor
Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.
The streets are packed yet eerily quiet. Looking down at their phone and lost in a consistent motion of scroll double tap scroll on Instagram, there is the occasional baritone groan in the background, it is just another day. Without thinking twice, almost at the destination, they lift up their head and see a band of half-humans with arms extended, skin peeling, clothes ripped, and a cacophony of groans…
At this point during the movie, you would be jumping off your couch screaming, “Run the other way,” but they are too busy obsessing and being jealous of their friends' vacation photos that they are seeing on Instagram. Which one is the zombie?
As the grandparents might say, “ Notice how we can all be in a room, and we are not talking, everyone is on a device.” There are excuses that might sound like this, “I am checking my emails, making a post for my business, snap chatting, dming, face timing with my friends, or playing a game” sound familiar?
Let’s explore releasing our zombie tendencies and embracing life. Actually noticing our surroundings, saying thank you to the person that ran ahead to hold the door for us, hearing the birds singing, and communicating with each other at various pitches. We get to choose to be an active participant that is willing to be more adventurous, curious and willing to make mistakes while laughing along the way.
Some zombie fun facts for your perusal:
They moan to alert others about the presence of food
Their only mission is to feed
They are afraid of fire and water
They know not to eat each other
Here are some possible modern day walking dead scenarios that can occur in our day to day and see if this resonates:
Scene 1: Chicken without a head
People running around from place to place on their cell phones. Eyes are glazed with sensory overload. Working, eating, drinking too much as an escape, going to sleep, and waking up to do the same thing. The brain is about to explode with so much busyness, but it is not the good kind of exploding.
Scene 2: Auto-Pilot
People are not in a rush to do much. Stuck in the same job, lazing around, not really motivated without any real goals. When asked how they are doing, the response goes something like, “ Same thing, different day.” The motivation level is not quite there. Their brain is literally shriveling.