★ Panic Switch

Over the weekend, I had one of the most frightening experiences anyone can have. On my way back from Las Vegas for my birthday weekend, I had a panic attack. I was in the back seat of my roommates car. We were about 30 minutes from our apartment when I started feeling a tightness in my chest. I couldn’t tell if it was my lungs or my heart but it was a slight tingling/tightness. I thought it was weird when it wouldn’t go away no matter how much I fidgeted. It then started spreading through my upper body and into my arms. At this point, I started to get really scared. I told my roommate and his girlfriend who was sitting in the front passenger side that I didn’t feel good. After the weekend I had in Vegas, they thought I had to vomit but I promptly said it wasn’t that. From that point, everything was a blur. I had tunnel vision and my point of view felt like someone was running around wildly with a handheld camcorder. Luckily, my roommate has had experience with people having panic attacks and knew exactly what to do. As soon as he started to telling me to breathe deeply and that everything was going to be ok, I started to remember everything that was going on. I remember feeling extremely tense. I couldn’t feel my fingers and they were locked into position. My entire upper body was tense. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. Once we got home, I was starting to feel a little bit better. The next day, I could feel the effects coming back so I took the day off work. Even yesterday, I could still feel the after effects of my panic attack. Not in the same way as the previous days, but as waves of emotion coming over me suddenly and unexpectedly.

What’s even scarier than the actual panic attack is that I don’t know what caused it. I’ve gone through bad breakups, grandparents passing away and being laid off and none of those have triggered anything close to a panic attack. Even as I look at my life now, there’s nothing that I can complain about. I have a decent paying job that lets me work from home, a side job with awesome perks, a great circle of close friends and I recently found someone that I really care about, that I can’t stop thinking about and makes me happy. Regardless, I’m going to get a professional opinion to find out where is all stemming from. Until then…

★ Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: In Ten Years, “We Will All Have A Gigabit To The Home”

As it turned out, however, the DVD business was not just a way to bide time while the network caught up. It laid the economic groundwork for the streaming business to become established because of the need to license content…

This is why I admire Netflix as a company. Their CEO had the vision to see that one day we would be streaming entertainment into our homes. Compare that with Blockbuster. We all know how that turned out.