I recently received some pretty random feedback about this website/this here blog in general. It's no one most you of who may be reading this know, but actually from someone who follows me on twitter who lives overseas. They won't be named, but they told me my blog was too "opinionated". I personally do not see how it could be taken that way, as I do try to be as open about things I can, but I promptly told them that there's a cool follow/unfollow button on my profile they can click as they see fit. If you don't like what I write here, you don't have to read it. I don't ask you to, it would be cool if you did and I'd love if you took something from it but that's not the goal. These are my thoughts on matters, and by thinking of them I formulate opinions. I think it's safe to say we all do. 

Opinions are interesting. We all have them. Some are very light opinions that are susceptible to change very easily, others are hardwired in over the years we've been around. We all have an opinion about anything and everything. It's as simple as "hey Marco what do you think about THIS?" and then I tell them. Obviously there are a ton of "well it depends.." scenarios but that goes without saying. I'm going to share some opinions here, not to try and start an argument or single people out, but to show that yeah, I am opinionated. I think and feel a certain way towards a lot of stuff, and I am open to have my opinion altered. The thing is, nine times out of ten we don't always agree with other people's opinions, but it's not at all our place to try and change them (to an extent, I just don't want to get that specific here.). If you believe someone's opinion to be dead wrong, you are some kind of an ass. You don't have to agree with it, of course not, but that does not mean it is wrong. Think about this. When someone challenges my opinion, I try to be open and hear what they have to say, and I'm fine with people not agreeing with me. It happens a lot. Also as an edit note: pretty much all of the opinions I state, I am guilty of performing/thinking the counter action. I dare you to not say the same. 

I don't think the Canadian healthcare system is the shit. "But Marco, it's free!". Yes, but it makes people very irritable and impatient. The fact is, when compared to the US, the Canadian way may be free, but that does not necessarily make it more efficient. You WILL wait in the emergency room for potentially hours, because guess what? 75% of the time it's not an emergency. People waltz into the ER with a cup of Tim Horton's in their hand and then get annoyed because they've waited an hour. Well yeah, because you have gas pain, you're not in labour. Or you have high blood pressure and some chest pain is acting up. I'm sure that coffee is helping (i'm off track). It makes us disregard our own health to an extent, and in itself is the reason the system can be so inefficient. Scenario: a man breaks his wrist and gets an xray and cast. Cast gets removed eventually, the man is given a brace. The man does not wear the more flimsy brace because he can be free of the forces that kept his wrist at bay, even though the good doctor has told him to keep that brace on. The man goes against this because he knows if anything happens he can go back to the hospital, get it rescanned, casted and braced. Basically, in the long run the wrist will be healed. This man was me, last March. That was my mentality that thus lead to this opinion (my wrist is fine now). If this was my life 5 hours South-bound, this process would have cost me hundreds of dollars. 

I hate how MDMA is becoming the casual "go to" drug. "But Marco, it makes you feel so good and you don't have to smoke it!". No, it makes you fucking obnoxious, and I had this thought while being completely hammered myself, so that's saying something. "But Marco, what's the difference between that and getting drunk?" Biologically? Morally? Psychologically? Where would you like me to begin? I have no doubt it feels really fantastic, it's overproducing serotonin and thus giving you this overpowering sensation of bliss, excitement and happiness, amongst other things. It also makes you a useless sack of human the next day. Yeah, hangovers are rough, but I can still be happy. I can go through my day being hungover and not be a douche. Because I still have happy hormones in my brain. Because I'm not crashing. Crashing is very much a real thing. I understand the thought of "this is the time to try new stuff" I get that wholeheartedly with the keyword being "TRY". You tried MDMA. You tried this and that. Doing it all the time is not "trying" that is "doing". Being high around me is fine, I will not judge you for doing drugs. That is unfair and unjust because it is not a reflection of who you normally (soberly) are, just don't be a prick about it. I don't usually knock things before trying them, but I have zero interest in truly mind altering substances. I've been high, sure, but it didn't do much for me (I felt it, trust me oh Lord did I feel it) but I don't know...it's not something I particularly cared for. I'd take sipping on drinks 'til I feel mellow with my chums over that any day of the week. 

I guess my bottom line here is that I really don't appreciate it when someone is bold (by that I mean being rude) and tells me what I think is wrong. I will inquire as to why you think a certain way, but in the hopes of understanding why, not to ridicule you. Views on almost everything can be ambiguous. If you find yourself saying "wow I can't believe so and so believes this" you are currently making an ass of yourself. It's not your place. Opinions are something one should be able to look past. Remember, the main rule of what I write here is that I'm guilty of all this stuff. I write this not as a "this is what you should do to improve yourself, because I sure did!" it's more like I'm writing it for myself as well. In fact I mainly write for myself. I write this as advice for myself and maybe for you as well. 

I don't even know what I'm writing about anymore

- Team Zissou
 





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