If you want to know what someone is doing, ask them in person

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Life is Bigger than the Screen by Julia Shohbozian

Rocklin resident Julia Shohbozian blogs about a life that is bigger than the screen.

Rocklin resident Julia Shohbozian blogs about a life that is bigger than the screen.

A junior in high school, Julia Shohbozian left her traditional high school campus at the end of her sophomore year, and opted for an independent study program which gives her freedom to take more classes at Sierra College and engage in community work. She serves on the Placer County Youth Commission and the Leadership Committee for the Coalition for Placer Youth.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had a conversation with someone over text about what I’m doing. And I’ve gotten and seen many more texts saying “I’m so bored” and “I have no friends”.

It baffles me.

Isn’t the answer obvious? You wouldn’t be bored and you would have plenty of friends if you just reached out to them. Get over your fear of being the first one to talk. Not only is reaching out to someone showing that you care about them, but it’s a sincere and harmless gesture. Today it can even feel appalling, but in a good way.

I’m always flattered when an old friend asks me to hang out. You’ll find people who welcome your call. Other people who were sitting there posting about how “terribly bored they are” may become your close friends. When you’re out doing fun things with them, it won’t matter who asked to hang out first. We weren’t put on this earth to spend so much time on Twitter and texting. Spending time with others is our nature and it means far more to people than a quick “like” on the screen.


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Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.