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Walking with Zombies

It is hard to escape zombies…that is in the mass media.  TV shows, comic books, video games, movies, books and more slowly creep in.  There are a variety of types of zombies.  Fast ones, slow ones, virus or mystical means.  Lloyd just happens to be a huge fan of all of them.

Me on the other hand, give me a pillow to cover my eyes.  Even the movie Sean of the Dead that was supposed to be a comedy startled me.  However, there has been one zombie show that I have grown to actually enjoy, The Walking Dead.
Instead of me hiding or running from the show scenes, The Walking Dead is set up in a way I can walk with zombies.
The way I have survived watching this show has been catching on to the pacing of the scenes and focusing more on the characters.  With the exception of the first couple episodes of season one, I can basically call out when a scary part is coming.  Whew!
Watching shows like this, it is hard not to think about what one would do if put in a zombie apocalypse situation.  Author Max Brooks developed a book called The Zombie Survival Guide which spells out the top 10 lessons for surviving an attack.

  1. Organize before they rise!
  2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  4. Blades don’t need reloading.
  5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
  6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
  7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
  9. No place is safe, only safer.
  10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

So if it is going to happen, here is my hope.  First I survive.  If not, then I am a zombie with all of my family and friends.  Will we wake tomorrow to a zombie apocalypse, highly unlikely.  LA is more likely to have an overdue major earthquake (which I am also prepared for).
I guess that is what life is about, working against your fears with preparation and being willing to take on whatever chaises after you.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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