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Ok, Maybe not literally.

This year has been one of the most dynamic years of my life. It was a parallel experience of humbling moments and riveting encounters. I learned A LOT. I built friendships that are invaluable. I learned negativity in anything is toxic. Ultimately, I learned how to thoroughly enjoy life.

On day one of 2014, I began a journey for true happiness. I laid blame to people, objects, work, school, etc. for not having this fulfillment. I even turned down a future placement at NASA to really complete this “journey”. Then the summer came around and I braved new friendships, bought a new car, worked stress-free, forgot about school, and indulged in living. I began to grow; however, I didn’t really see the exponential personal growth until I identified myself to be the limiter. On day one of 2014, my self-image didn’t match that of what I was projecting. (By the way, if you want to know the most exhausting thing, then try doing that) I was the definition of a pessimist on the inside. I was completely insecure. My stuttering was resurfacing (For those of you who don’t know, I stuttered terribly as a child and have to some minor degree all of my life. Unless you spend a significant amount of time with me, then you probably haven’t noticed it. I simply formulate speech in a neurologically different way than the normal person.) I had never accepted myself for the person I was because of my negative perspective on life. One day, when I ultimately decided that I was going to be optimistic, everything started to change. I began flourishing. I enjoyed work, I exceled in school, and I literally began loving life. Not only did I accept myself for the person I was, I loved the person I was becoming.

Now, as I sit here on day two of 2015, I can look back and really tip the hat to 2014. You put up a fight, but then again, Terry Goodkind would say, “If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.” That being said, I sincerely want to thank everyone I know for being a part of such an imperative year. Whether it was for a fraction of a second or for every one of the 365 days, I thank you. I only wish that I have made half the footprint on your life as you all have made on mine.

To end this rather lengthy tangent on life, I challenge every one of you to reminisce on 2014. Toast to the successes and grow from the failures. 2015 will be your year.

Education: The Failure

Posted: January 5, 2014 in Politics
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Walter Cronkite, once named the most trusted man in America, said “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

This quote itself explains the importance of the education system in our society. What does education truly mean anyway? Webster’s gives two of these definitions to the term “educate”… 1: to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession 2: to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction. The latter is probably the most needed. The people in this country need to be able to logically maneuver through life and be able to make decisions to create success upon themselves and their families.

How do we do this? We have millions of kids that go to underprivileged school districts across the country and even the entire world. These kids tend to grow up to be the criminals and welfare beneficiaries that we try to fight day in and day out. The biggest problem is that we attempt to fight the problem at the end of the cycle instead of at the origin. We need a massive overhaul with education. We need to focus secondary education on practical skills and the development of human thought. Teaching a person how to think is the most constructive way to start an educational domino effect. It not only reflects upon the individual but also the surrounding environment.

Secondly, we need to address post-secondary education. We no longer need to send kids to college to become artists, actors, or musicians. These careers arise from talent, and most of the time this cannot be taught by individuals, who more often than not are failures in their own respective fields. Prospective students should be encouraged to fall into career paths that take into account the ability of student as well as the needs of society. 41% of college grads are overqualified for what they do because they are getting degrees in fields that are inflated with people or just not in demand in the current job market. We also to realize that we need more doctors, scientists, engineers to conquer the current and future problems that we face at this very moment. We need engineers to develop an alternative energy source that is primarily cheaper and preferably renewable. We need doctors and scientists to finally determine a cure for cancer.

Following this solution, we will be left with a society that is educated and prepared to take on the world. We will have experienced politicians that have real world experience. We will have an educated voting base that can understand the importance of the greater good and can logically think through current and potential political issues.

Education was the beginning to a civil society, and if change is not made, education will be the detriment to a civil society.

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Well, it’s been over a year since I have made a post on here, so I think it’s about time for one.

The Two-Sidedness of America

The first amendment has been in the headlines recently due to the comments made by Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson (Stay with me, this is not the point of the post). Gay activists argue that Robertson overstepped boundaries and was discriminatory in his chosen words. On the other side, conservatives and free speech advocates are saying Robertson was expressing his personal opinion.

Ok, does anyone see the catch-22 with either side of this argument? The argument in itself is an infringement on the first amendment. Tolerance and progressive thinking are what created this country in the very beginning. A melting pot of religions cohabited in the the original thirteen colonies and found common ground in the idea of freedom. Today, that idea has grown this country into a vast range of people and beliefs that make the United States the culture center of world. The problem, however, lies within the two-sidedness of our society. Almost anything and everything is made to be a partisan issue. That is, as a conservative and liberal, a Christian and Muslim, or even the sky is blue and the sky is teal crowd. But, are there only two sides to a given argument? I know that we have had that instilled in us since birth, but it is far from the truth. In reality, every belief, every argument, and every idea has endless dimensions and exists in a space that the human mind can’t even grasp. So, why does the human race always tend to limit itself with a two-sided approach? Why not collectively sit down and bounce ideas off each other without killing someone for believing different? The diversity is actually desirable, in that, the idea evolves into something that encapsulates each individual.This conglomeration of people’s personal experience and knowledge should be something sought after. In fact, multiple visionaries in past history have capitalized on this idea. They simply listened to others in order to shape their own idea into something unbelievable. Everyone should explore the infinite perspectives on every issue and take in the opinions of everyone around them. There’s no horizon.

Victim of pride

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Life
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I have always been a prideful person in that I have always felt there was a certain criteria that I needed to live up to. However, there comes a time that you get entrapped in that pride and become it’s victim. You convince yourself that you’re supposed to be one person when in reality you should just be yourself. You shouldn’t put on a facade. You shouldn’t be scared to show who you really are. If someone doesn’t like it, they can get over it. Embellishing oneself just in order to get the approval of others is a good way to fall flat on your face. You will never be able to live up to something you’re not. Stop trying. Calm down. Love and be happy. Don’t become a victim of pride and ambition. Drive and motivation are good, but never leave principle. Always strive to be a person of value, not a person of pride or success.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”–Albert Einstein

Even the Best Fall Down Sometimes

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Miscellaneous
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Sometimes you just have to breakdown and let go of the reins of your life. You know you made a mistake and you know it was the worst mistake of your life. No one understands it, not even you. You’re lost, you’re hurting, and most importantly you hurt what matters the most to you.

You know, the title has a lot to do with this. “Even the best fall down sometimes’. We need to fall down…at least I do. Humility only comes in the face of failure and adversity. So, we need to fall down ourselves in order to get back up a little more selflessly. We need to lose that all encompassing pride and gain unconditional love. In a relationship, there simply needs to be more “we” and less “I”. I mean if love is true then you will constantly work towards this…or at least I will.

You see, I’ve made that mistake. I can’t take it back but I know what I can take away from it. I know there’s a lot of healing to be done, but I’m willing. I’m losing myself and rebuilding the unit I was once a part of. The unit that was unstoppable and purely perfect.

When it comes down to it, you just have to take a step back and realize who you really are. A friend of mine said “Summer changes people, though temporarily, it never fails. Lets all step back, remember who we really are, and what we really stand for”. This was exactly me. I needed to readjust my life into something less prioritized on myself. A life less caught up in the dreams of success. I’m a stubborn person and it takes a lot for me to see some things. I know I hurt people, but I promise you that’s not who I am. Just let me show you that I am still the best thing. More importantly, let me show you that for the rest of my life.

 

I’ve seen the Future

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Life
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…Not Really.

You see, we all have that direction where we believe we are headed; yet, we always end up somewhere entirely different. For example, if you would have asked me where I would be going to college, back in high school, I would have jumped to reply, “Anywhere but here”. However, here I am, a junior in college at the University of Kentucky. Do I regret my decisions? No. I believe everything that I have experienced has been for its own purpose, and I will never go back.

I actually believe we get too caught up in what’s to come and forget about what’s already here. We let relationships slip through our fingers; we let opportunities continue to pass by from the fear of change. We even kill ourselves in fear of a dead-end.

My question is, why not live in the moment? If you’re in college, have a blast and stop worrying about when you’re 40. If you are married, love your spouse and stop thinking about what else could be out there. The world could be such a better place if we all just learned how to relax and how to indulge in what we have been blessed with. Why is that so hard?

Relax, world.

 

“The Best Thing”

Posted: September 14, 2011 in Life
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We all have had that one person come into our lives and absolutely turn the world upside down. Their purposes and intentions vary; the duration of their stay is a complete mystery. However, we all can agree that while they stood by our side everything was perfect.  It’s almost as if time stops and all you remember is that smile, because it was the only permanent part of your wardrobe. This all leads me to discuss the significant impact that one person has made on my life.

I was sort of at a crossroads in my life. I didn’t have any idea of what I was really doing, or any real idea of where I was going. At the time, I was considering transferring from the University of Kentucky to a school on the West Coast. My life was being thrown in every direction imaginable, from the questioning of my academics to some really stupid, personal decisions. It was almost as if this person walked into my life at the perfect time and for the most obvious reason.

Not only did this person make me a better person, but I think it was also a way of me being shown my purpose in life. Everything was suddenly clear to me. I knew what direction to take, and, more importantly, how to take it. This person really renewed my faith in the existence of a higher power. You can call it God, Allah, Buddha, or whatever, but, to me, it was obvious that this person was placed into my life to direct me back into the path he had planned for me.

I never knew that one person could make such a dramatic impact on my life; however, I was obviously wrong. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to experience this person in my life, and I plan to keep this person around for as long as possible. But, no matter the outcome, I will always look back and do nothing but smile.