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My oldest nephew will be turning 13 this year.  Maybe not right away, but in the coming years, I’ll want to share my music with him.  Of course, it’ll be up to him to decide what he likes, but I want him to have more choices than just what he hears on the radio.  Plus, I’d like to be able to take him to some concerts. Concerts are more fun if you’re familiar with some of the songs the band will be playing.  I mean, you want to know whether you like them before you go, right?

So how do I share music with him?  A few years ago I could have just given him a CD, but I quit buying CDs some time ago.  Now I purchase music digitally.  The next generation is either doing the same or purchasing a subscription to a service like Spotify.  I’m sure there are ways to share music digitally, but are they effective?  Is sending someone a Spotify playlist or a Pandora station the same as giving someone a CD, something physical that is there as a reminder to listen to it?

What about the mixtape?  Mixtapes were all the rage in the 80s, and they even survived to the CD format.  But what about beyond that?  Is there a digital equivalent to the mixtape?

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I’m not going to say that coworkers and friends are mutually exclusive.  I have some really close friends that were once my coworkers.  It is definitely possible for a coworker to be a friend… but it is NOT REQUIRED.

See, your friends hang out with you because you enjoy each others’ company, have things in common, a similar sense of humor, etc.  No one is paying your friends to hang out with you.  If they were being paid to be around you, then they wouldn’t be your friends.

Your coworkers are paid to spend time with you. Well, not directly.  They are there with you because you’re all being paid to work.  The point is that they are not there voluntarily.

Where am I going with all this?  The point that I want to make is that you are a grown ass adult.  Act like it.  If your coworkers are also your friends, that’s great, but don’t get your feelings all wrapped up in expecting them to treat you like your friends do if they are not your friends.