“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone…”

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

We are here. We exist. Isn’t that enough?

Existence is not easy. Our lives have joy, pain, laughter, crying, moments of listlessness and glimpses of apathy.

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Oh, Chester, Have You Heard About HOBY?

“Ohhh, Chester, have you heard about HOBY? Just got back from HOBY. I hear they know how to wear their tags. Hip-hip, Hooray! for HOBY!”

It might be striking to you at first when you see a bunch of high school students tromping around a university campus in different brightly colored t-shirts.

The singing and chanting might remind you of a cheerleading camp, though you’ll wonder why on earth teenagers would sing about burritos, baby sharks, or pterodactyls.

If you observe long enough, you might even pause to wonder what “Boom-chicka-boom” could actually mean, why every single person knows how to spell “outstanding”, or what they could possibly be summoning when all 100+ students holler “Waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-way-yah!!”  Continue reading

Long Jump Memories and an Unforgettable Mentor

“Fire up. Fire up right now. You can do it, now get after it.” –Merwin G. (Merv) Smith

I was going through old photos the other day when I rediscovered one taken in 2008 from my high school track and field days. I was a sprinter and a long jump athlete, and to me there was nothing better than that feeling of running fast, leaping out into the air, and feeling like you could fly.

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Make Christmas Merry

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” –Calvin Coolidge

I express the following thoughts with the idea that I’m addressing myself as much as I am addressing you. In fact, I’m probably thinking out loud to myself, and to my experiences, more than to anyone else. What I know is, many good and bad things in this world are beyond our control, yet many aspects of our lives can be directed by the kind of attitude we decide to have—for ourselves and toward others. Perhaps I am naive in believing that people can change, even when they themselves believe it is impossible. Yet I cannot proceed in any other way than to try and see the best in others, unless and until they prove to me otherwise. It is with these hopes and ideas in mind that I write:

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Thanks Day #2

“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.” –Robert South

I almost had a very bad day. As of 8:15 a.m., a combination of events nearly sent all my Friday and weekend plans crumbling into dust. I’ll admit, I had an initial internal panic at that moment (comes from being an internalizing introvert), but this could’ve been a lot worse. Continue reading

November 11th, Aren’t You Special!

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” –Jeff Miller

November 11th… wow, look at you! Who knew you’d be so significant all around the world? Not just for one holiday, but a few! Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Pocky Day… We’re all impressed. Stand up and take a bow. You deserve it.

How’d you manage to get so special? What’s your secret?  Continue reading