I was thinking about what I wanted to write about today and I keep thinking about my skills sets. My husband and I watched this episode of Black Mirror last night. The premise of the episode was that all humans are rated on a five star scale; kind of like when you leave a restaurant or book review. Each person you encountered was rated based on the experience you had with them. The higher your rating the more you could get in life. For example, the main character was looking to move into this prestigious housing complex but in order to pay a discounted price, her star rating had to be 4.5 and above. At the time, her rating was only a 4.2 so she would go around the neighborhood interacting in a friendly way with people in order to get a boost in her ratings. She would also post happy go lucky pictures on her feed to get people to give her more 5 star ratings.
So I started thinking about my skills set and in this theoretical world, what my ratings would be. I would for sure get 5 stars for reading. I’m very good at that. I would also get 5 stars for driving standard. Not many people, in America anyway, know how to drive a standard and I always get the “wow! you drive stick?? that’s so cool!” when people see it. I actually have a funny tollbooth story I’ll have to share another day. I think I would get a 4 stars for cleaning. I’m good at cleaning but I suck at doing it regularly. I confess dishes may sit in the sink for a day but only because there’s just not enough time in the day most days. I would also say 4 stars in animal care. It would be a 5 but I have to confess again, that I don’t clean my turtle’s tank as regularly as I should. Partially it’s the time issue but also because that turtle hates me when I clean it. Will literally try to bite my fingers when I’m trying to clean his tank. Jerk! 5 stars would also go to making friends, social media, binge watching things, internet research and handling companies who do not give me great customer service (yes I have an inner bitch that won’t hesitate to come out when the occasion calls for it).
I’d also like to think I’d get 5 stars for being honest and a good listener (when I’m not distracted by a book). Where my star ratings go down however, would be in areas such as sleeping, wearing dresses and heels and baking. I’d give my sleep rating a 2.5. I simply don’t get enough sleep and I’m grumpy if I’m woken up before my alarm clock. My girly tendencies get a 2 star. I refuse unless I’m forced. And my baking skills??? That’s a solid 1 star. I tried to make Roda’s blueberry lemon loaf last night and let’s just say it’s edible… I definitely need a re-do Roda. I’m embarrassed at my attempt so I won’t be sharing pictures. I can cook, very well actually, but baking is a whole different beast.
The takeaway from this episode got us thinking. Hopefully, that isn’t what the future is going to turn into but when you think about the things that you do and the skills that you have, we all wish to have some kind of acknowledgement that we’re doing well in life. It doesn’t necessarily have to be social media specific but any kind of response in general. I guess you could even tie it into people who justify the hatred they spread nowadays. Either they truly believe what they’re saying, or their life revolves around the response they get.
What are your thoughts? Do you think your “star rating” is higher in certain areas than others? Let me know in the comments below!