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Reality and Distractions. Every day we wake up and we’re treated to one of the most taken for granted experiences ever, Reality. We are stars of our own daily television show where we control the plot. When we wake up in the morning we have complete control over our day and yet we waste so many of these days with distractions. I believe in living in the present tense. We need to take life as it comes at us. We can plan for these trials and try and mentally prepare ourselves for what may come, but in the end it’s all about adaptability. This has been a human staple since the dawn of man. I find that the most interesting part of the human psyche is how we handle this life experience. Some people use their time wisely and some people don’t. It feels like reality is something that most people try to escape from and this it’s almost always done subconsciously. We all know that we’re alive, yet we’re still finding ways to get distracted from our lives. Life can be tough and this is part of the reason that some people decide to tune out. We’re all guilty of a little procrastination which is the red headed step child of distraction. We as humans tend to put our goals to the side for what starts out as a brief distraction and then ends up ballooning into us not getting our work done. The crazy thing is that with each day that passes by we are seeing new distractions being introduced into our society. This technological age we are experiencing plays a very central role in the widespread distraction that is sweeping over us all. This technology is in place to make our lives less stressful and easier to manage, but for the most part it’s just providing us with more distractions. We all have to find healthy constructive ways to use this technology because it’s simply not going away. Most of all we need to teach our children about technology and encourage them to use it in a healthy manner. Now back to Reality. I’m 25 years old and I’ve been thinking a lot about life and mortality lately. Our trip on this planet is very short lived. I think that sometimes we’re all on autopilot and we forget about how short life really is. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It’s all part of the human design. If we were all worrying about mortality then we would be very depressed and less inclined to take chances. The balance of these feelings is a very special skill that we all possess. The fact we all face is that life goes on. No matter what mark we leave on society and culture, the train keeps moving. I think one of the most important things that we will do in our lifetime is raise children. If we raise children right and give them plenty of opportunities, who knows what great things they will accomplish. When we’re dead and gone it’s our legacy that lives on. The funny thing about this blog entry is I started it on Friday and now I’m finishing it on Monday. We all get distracted; it’s a cultural thing here in the United States. Our culture is moving really fast and we are all trying to hold on tight while society gains speed. Life is going to always throw us distractions, but what makes humans truly amazing is how we deal with them in our own reality. Life is one amazing trip and I can’t wait to see what challenges and rewards it will bring. We all need to take some time out and make sure we don’t get lost in life’s many distractions from what’s really most important. Reality. Sorry for the delay. Stay tuned Earthlings. As always there’s more to come; as long as I don’t get distracted.
This is the end. I’ve reached the end of my contract with the temp job that I was working at. I find it kind of ironic that it’s the most money per hour I’ve ever made and I’ve done little to no work. I’m not used to this type of gig. For the money I expected to work a bit harder. I’m not complaining; the check’s in the mail. As I finish this very small minuscule chapter in my life I actually feel very good. In the past few weeks I’ve been able to do a lot of thinking and soul searching. My days were filled with mindless data entry that became so natural that I was able to tune out reality almost altogether. These last three weeks have been quite eye opening. I’m looking forward to Monday where I will start the grind once again. I’m at a real interesting crossroad in my life where it’s becoming time to figure out for sure what I want to do and what I want out of this existence. I will say that these blogs have been a wonderful addition to my weekly schedule. Writing these blogs is making me feel that there’s this writer inside me trying to get out. Maybe it’s finally time to let the beast out and see where this thing can take me. There is something incredibly therapeutic when you create something and then receive positive feedback from your peers. I get inspired by the good comments and it’s pushing me to be a stronger writer and write more. I need to explore this creative outlet that I’m enjoying so much. The main predicament I face is the fact that writing this blog doesn’t pay the bills. As any aspiring writer will surely tell you, in the beginning there is no money for someone who is trying to have a career as a writer. The main focus of these next few weeks is going to be directed solely to finding a gig that will pay said bills. With my bills taken care of I will be able to live and in my free time I will be able to focus my energy on writing and developing this monster inside of me. I would be lying to you if I told you I wasn’t scared of this incoming journey. At the same time I’m also excited to see if I can do it. There really is nothing to lose. I don’t want to be that person who looks back on their life and says: “I should’ve done it differently.” In the past eight months my way of thinking has changed. I’m really starting to figure out what’s important in this life. I’m also all done with living my life based on somebody else’s rules. I am mine. I control my destiny. This life is what we make it. If you stop and think about it; our existence is very short in the grand scheme of life itself. We have such a short trip on this planet and we owe it to ourselves and our ancestors to live life to our fullest potential. There will be people that come into your life and try to bring you down and feed you negative energy. That negative energy is fear. The fear comes from them feeling as though they somehow made a mistake in their own lives. People don’t want to hear your dreams of grandeur because in most cases their chance has come and gone. I definitely sympathize with them. I mean who wants to wake up at 50 years old and realize that they made mistakes. The key is to go out there and give it a shot. If you fail you pick yourself up and try something else. The worse thing we can do is cheat ourselves of opportunity. This was an impromptu blog entry. I had some free time so I decided to open up Word and just start writing. The coolest part about this blog is there are no rules to it. Just open up the word processor and start writing. In many ways this is very similar to our journey of life. Sometimes in life you have to just get out there and start doing. Some of our best moments of triumph come from those unplanned events where something bigger than us is born. We all need to throw caution to the wind and take a chance. Fear can bring us down and make you think that there are things in this life that you can’t do. The key is to look fear in the eye and challenge it to a one on one duel to the death. To the victor go the spoils. I’m ready for war. Are you? Until next time Earthlings. Spread positivity and dead that negative noise. Stay tuned…more to come.
We are not our parent’s generation. If you were born post 1985 it’s a good chance that you have had the internet play a crucial part in your childhood development. We live in an age of information. No longer do we have to believe things based on what other people tell you or what you might read in a book. Nowadays if someone says something all you have to do to prove it as fact or bullshit is some simple researching on Google. Never in recorded human history has there been a time where this sort of access to information has played such an integral role in our everyday lives. It is a very exciting time to be alive, but it’s also incredibly frightening. Now more than ever we are seeing people becoming more and more upset with the Government and Politicians. Every day it becomes more difficult to believe in the American ideals that were set forth from past generations. With this access to information we are starting to see policies and laws being exposed for what they truly are. The Government is allowing big business to run rampant and the common folk are paying for it. We need people who are ready come forth and take a chance and stand up for change. Everyone thought that Obama was going to be that person, but it turns out that he is just like all the others. He is playing the game. I honestly can’t blame these people because it’s the system that’s fucked up. When are these so called leaders going to realize that we are not easily fooled like the past generations? I believe that people are getting smarter and a lot of it has to do with the Internet and the influence it has on the masses. There is too much information out there these days for us to just accept what these people are telling us. A big problem I see is how our past generation has become brainwashed in a way that they completely discount any information presented to them that challenges their preexisting beliefs. I can understand it. Nobody wants to be told that the way they have been thinking for years is corrupt. I don’t claim to be a smart person, but I have learned over the years to take into consideration all sides of a conversation. The minute we shut out someone’s way of thinking we become counterproductive in the progress of society. This country needs to adopt this new way of thinking where all points are taken into consideration. This happens a lot in politics with the Republican and the Democratic parties. What happens is people start ignoring the issues and begin rooting for their own “team”. It shouldn’t be this simple. All too often people just believe in what their “team” believes in. The two party system is all wrong. What this system does it put people’s thoughts into boxes and doesn’t allow healthy conversation between different belief systems. When we restrict our thought processes to just one sided views we are not allowing ourselves to grow and also restricting the growth of our society. Something needs to change. The age where the government can get away with lies is slowly diminishing. We all need to do our part and start to question these laws and policies. We need to look at all sides of conversation and begin take into consideration different point of views on these topics. I really believe that if we can do this successfully it will promote growth in our society. We are already so connected through the Internet all we need now is to come together to make our society a better place for our current generation and many generations to come. Thanks for listening. I have been so busy with work that I haven’t had much time to write. I promise I’ll write more. Keep tuning in Earthlings. Until next time, Love thy neighbor and let’s try to make this rock a better place to inhabit. Peace.
Hello my friends. It has been a busy few days so I’ve not been blogging as much as I should be. Well I found some sort of employment albeit a temporary position. Yes the Gods heard my cry. I screamed out to the universe for just a little help and here it is. I’m in an office in Seattle working at a desk doing some simple data entry. It’s a very lonely existence. Hour after hour goes by as I stare deep into my pixelated computer screen where letters and numbers are gathered together to form “data”. At this point I am money motivated and I need this gig so I can get some financial cushion. A man can have a lot of time to ponder when his cerebral cortex is not stimulated in the proper way by this so called work. I look around at all the other workers in my cubicle; all sitting at their respected stations hammering on their keyboards and furiously clicking their mice. As my mind was wonders I couldn’t help but think about how long these people might have worked here for? Are they Happy? Is this what I want? Do I have a choice? Immediately I have my doubts about this lifestyle. It seems to me as though these people are just waiting to die. I know it sounds very cynical in nature, I mean really, who I am to judge these people on what they are doing as long as they are happy? I feel like I want more. I want to be challenged. I want to take risks and try to reap the benefits or at least give it my best shot and go down swinging. It will take much sacrifice for these dreams to become reality, but what is life without sacrifice? In my dying days I wanna look back and tell my children that I gave it a legitimate shot and didn’t back down. I need a life that’s gonna engage my brain and stimulate my thought process because at the end of the day it makes me feel alive. The path will be long and rigorous, but I have immense faith in myself to accomplish any task that I set out in my life. I wasn’t always this way; as a matter a fact the switch happened just a few years ago. At 23 years old I decided that I was going to change my life. All my life I have been overweight. It was something that never really bothered me because I was always a very positive person and had some good friends around that didn’t pass judgement on me based on the way I looked. This was a gift and a curse. My situation made it very easy for me to not change my lifestyle and at one point my weight got as high as 330 lbs. Enough was enough. I took it upon myself to make the change and started to eat healthy and work out. I literally ran my ass off. I ended up losing 115 lbs. The best part was I did it all on my own. I had nobody there to push me; it was a goal that I set my mind to and accomplished it. This showed me that I had this untapped potential inside me to take on any kind of challenge that was put in front of me. It was a very eye opening experience for me and I can safely say that it changed my life forever. This determination was something that I never knew that I had. Unlocking it is something that I will never forget. This same determination is the same thing that I believe will propel me into the next stage of my evolution as a human being. You see folks, I don’t want to go out that easy. I don’t want to become a slave to corporate America. I want to live this existence to my highest potential and accomplish some impossible achievements in my short time I have on this spinning rock in space. It’s going to take some great sacrifice and determination to reach this next stage in my life, but if I don’t give it a legitimate shot I will hate myself forever. I would rather fail and say that I gave it my all then to not even give myself the opportunity to succeed. I started this blog feeling a bit melodramatic, but I’m ending it feeling excited. Feeling excited for the journey that lies ahead. What is life without a little risk and sacrifice? This is what makes all of our lives worth living because until you have stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire; you truly haven’t lived. I believe that we should always be working on the next best version of ourselves. We need to be constantly trying to upgrade our minds and bodies. The harder we work on these things the bigger and better our final results will be. We should never be satisfied with our present version. None of us are perfect, but that’s what makes the human race so amazing. What will tomorrow bring? We may not know, but this is what makes life worth living. I’m a firm believer in the old adage that what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. Push your determination to the limits. Bend, but never break. Bring on the struggle world. I’m ready. Thanks for listening my friends. See you soon.
Hello once again my friends. Monday…the very worst day of the week. The bane of my existence. As I sit here still unemployed on yet another Monday I’m so envious of those who started their work week today. Yet I digress; I’m here to focus on the Sun that was this amazing weekend that I had. It all started on Friday in Seattle at the Key Arena. My close friends and I were there for the UFC Fight Night in Seattle official weigh ins. As I was sitting there in my seat ready to cheer on the fighters that were competing on Saturday night I noticed that the one and only Joe Rogan was taking pictures for fans. My friend Matt and I walked down to get a picture with him and to also wish him luck for his comedy show at The Moore Theater that we were attending later that night. Rogan was a very cool guy and he stood up there for hours taking pictures for fans and talking to anyone who wanted to go up to him. There is something to say about a person who can keep his or her celebrity in check. Later that night after the show we met yet again with Rogan and his pal the hilarious Ari Shaffir. We hung out and got to talk to them for a bit and while hanging out we met some crazy Canadians from Saskatoon Saskatchewan. We went bar hopping with these crazy dudes and proceeded to get trashed. Needless to say this probably wasn’t the best idea being that I had to wake up in the morning to get ready for the UFC fights on Saturday. I woke with my head pounding and felt like twice baked shit. My lovely girlfriend woke me up and told me to get into the shower, its go time. By the time I was out the shower she had made me an amazing Chicken Quesadilla. After that coupled with a glass of Crystal Light Fruit Punch; I was a changed man. We then proceeded to make our way to the arena for a great night of fights. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m an avid MMA fan. I eat, sleep, and breathe fighting. MMA is the purest form of one on one competition with just enough rules to make it safe for both competitors. If you haven’t seen a live UFC event, I strongly recommend making your way to an event ASAP. The energy in the Key Arena was close to indescribable. We got to witness the first twister submission in UFC history applied by none other than the “Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung. The event not only set a record for attendance at the Key Arena and a box office record for the UFC on their Fight Night series. Afterwards I grabbed a couple of beers with my friends at a local bar and then was picked up by my wonderful girlfriend. I crashed out very soon after getting home and enjoyed an amazing night of slumber. Still excited about the weekend I woke up and went to a late breakfast/lunch with my family. Honestly I can say it was one of the best weekends that I’ve had in a long time. Now here I am back to Monday, back to a new week, a new beginning. The sun has officially dropped away, but damn if it didn’t feel good to escape from the pressure of unemployment and enjoy the hell out of this amazing weekend. The sun was shining in Seattle this weekend and I can safely say that I did some major sun-bathing. It felt really good to get out and roam free in this great city that we have up here in the Pacific Northwest. Now it’s time to get back to the grind, back to the rat race. I will find my place in this crazy machine that is the United States. I am excited to start a new week. The Sun has dropped away, but I am certain that it will sure as hell shine again. As long as I can keep up the positive energy I’m sure good things are coming my way. Be kind to your neighbors. Stay tuned. See you soon earthlings
Hello again earth dwellers. I woke up today at the crack of noon and to my surprise the sun was shining. Now for normal people who live a little farther south this in some cases could be an everyday occurrence, but not here in the lovely city of Renton. This has been one cold and wet winter, but the worst part is that I’m used to it. I find it fascinating how we as people adapt to whatever environment that we live in. Our climate can dictate our moods. I’m noticing that my mood rarely changes based upon the weather outside. I will say though that living here in Washington 80 degrees is sweltering. My girlfriend is from California and when she sees sunshine she immediately gets happy. The inverse happens also when it is cold and rainy. I on the other hand have no change. Does this mean I have got used to this middle of the road climate that we have in the Pacific Northwest? Is this good or bad? These ideas are the type of thought provoking stuff that enters my brain at random moments in time. Of course this gets me thinking about early man and how sunny days and rainy days might have affected their moods. They probably had more to worry about like where their next meal might be or maybe the fact that there were wild monsters running around looking to eat them. This makes me think if they ever woke up and took a look at the weather and had a smile on their face. With all these crazy threats that they faced; do you think they ever stopped and admired this great planet of ours. I wish that we could go back in time and observe these early people. I really think that we could learn a lot from these primates. Today we are pampered as a society. Instead of going out to look for our meals we go to the supermarket. Hunting and gathering has been reduced to bargain hunting and coupon clipping. You ever think about how easy we have it. I myself think that this is a good thing and also a natural part of our advancement of culture and society. I do think it’s healthy to look back and appreciate how hard the lives of these early people were. It makes us really appreciate their struggle and the sacrifices they made so that we can be here. I wanna take this time out now and thank early man for the hardships they endured so that we can sit here and relax and live the easy life so to speak. Some more food for thought for you to chomp on and bonus…no hunting and gathering needed. Have an awesome day people, be back soon. Stay tuned.
You ever stop and think how did we get to where we are today? I do all the time. It took the help and sacrifice of many people before for us to be able to make it where we are today. As I sit here and write to you; I can’t help but think about how we are becoming a society built on connection. Wireless connection at that. We are using technology as an extension of our evolution. Whether we are aware of it or not, our society is connected. I had this sudden revelation as I was sitting in the movie theater waiting for the midnight showing of Battle: Los Angeles. This particular evening was the night when all across the nation we witnessed the breaking news that was the 9.0 Japan earthquake. This horrific event didn’t stop me from seeing this movie, for me it was just another Thursday night with nothing to do so life went on. My girlfriend and I arrived at the movie theater a little early so naturally I wanted to kill some time so I resorted to the mother of all time killing devices…my iPhone. Everything was going great, a little Angry Birds, followed by the occasional Facebook status browsing. This is when I had my revelation. All of a sudden I noticed a post on Facebook about a tsunami warning for my county. Without hesitation I scrambled and checked twitter for any article backing up this bold claim. My box of fear sprung up and all of a sudden I was in a mad panic. Mind you this was only about an hour or so after the quake news had hit our television stations. My girlfriend had to calm me down and let me know that everything would be fine, but I couldn’t stop myself from looking into this perceived impending doom that would hit in mere hours. I say perceived because there was no imminent danger but my guard was successfully put up and for a second there I felt the fear of the many folks over in Japan. After searching furiously through the previews I actually found an article that said even if the waves were to reach our coasts it would be nothing to panic about. Whew…disaster averted. This all happened in short span of maybe 20 minutes. This was a clear example of how informed we are becoming through our social media and more importantly our technology. If I were to tell you in 1985 that someday people will carry around handheld devices with access to all of the worlds knowledge people would look at you as if you were a crazy person. The truth is that the future is here folks. We are moving closer and closer to a society of truth. People are becoming smarter and more efficient and it is all based on this idea of technology as an extension of ourselves. Technology now means evolution for human beings. I know its pretty heavy stuff but as long as we are all staying informed this can actually be a very beneficial thing to us all. This is probably the most exciting time to be alive in the history of civilization. It makes me so happy for tomorrow. So instead of fearing the future I say we all need to embrace it with open arms by trying our best to be nice to one another and hope that the ride is a smooth one as we attempt to adapt to technology that seems to be evolving faster than we are. Fasten your seat belts, it could be a bumpy ride. See you soon.
Well hello out there earthlings. It’s me. This is probably the first time you have heard of me, but here I am. I have been on this rock for 25 years now. Wow, 25 years is a long time. I find it funny that it has took me this long to start talking to you. Up until this point my life has been pretty easy, but now things are starting to get a little tougher. The rat race has begun. I graduated college, yay…not really. I am just now finding out how overrated education is in this wonderful country of ours. I am jobless. Everywhere I go I hear the same song and dance; “You need experience”. I mean really? I need 8 years experience for a job as an admin assistant? Give me a break. It’s not even what I want to do with my life. I want to help people in some way but how can I do that if I can’t even help myself? I still live at home with my parents, by economical force not choice and if that wasn’t pathetic enough my girlfriend lives here too. I want out. I want life to start. There is this surge of creativity inside me and I have to unleash it. My fear suppresses it and buries it deep inside where it is left to tempt and haunt me. I think my biggest fear is failure, but by not trying I am failing before beginning. I have tried to begin before, but here is my second shot. I am going to try because if I don’t give it a legitimate shot then I am not only cheating myself, but I am also cheating you. There is a real life bonafide writer inside of me ready to poke his head out and shake up your world, so stay tuned…