Archive for October, 2011



First off, I would like to thank any of my followers, friends, and readers that have been, will be, or just happen to be reading my blog. It’s been 2 weeks since the start and I’m at over 500 views already, I never thought people would read and enjoy my stuff, let alone share it with everyone, so that being said… THANK YOU!

As we enter the month of November, I know we all have plenty on our minds. As students, we see the end of this semester coming closer, as adults we feel the Holidays coming on (stress and all), and we feel the cooler and nicer weather. We have so much to be thankful for, after all if you’re reading this you’re alive, you’re breathing, you’ve probably had something to eat or drink today, you have eyes that work, a brain that functions, and somewhere along the line you were taught how to read. That is 7 things. 7 things that most people take for granted just because it’s something many of us never actually think about.

There is truly so much to be thankful for in my life. I have the best family in the world, my parents love me and support me through thick and thin no matter what. My friends are absolutely incredible in every conceivable way. I have been blessed with so much!

Going into the next few weeks, into the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s holidays, I challenge you to sit down and think about everything you have to be thankful for. Make a list, write it out, share it with people. Show the world how much you have to be thankful for and tell everyone who you are truly thankful for how much they mean to you. There is always so much in today’s society that revolves around “me, me, me, me, me”, well now… make it about everyone else for a day or two, go out there and really think about everything you have to be thankful for. I promise, sitting down and writing out a list may not sound like fun, but let it be an experience. A personal eye-opener to help you appreciate life and everything in it. Share with the world how thankful you are for everything and everyone you have.

Be Thankful For

by Pravs J

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations. Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge. Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

I challenge you to make a list of the top 20 things in your life that you are thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

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Is it in you?


CONFIDENCE

By Patrick Cummings

I am a lifeguard on the ocean of potential

I rescue success from the depths of fatigue,

breathe life back into lungs like arrows from muted tongues

I am both singular and in unison

I can be ignored like cloud cover, sold like medicine

I can be spit out like oil spills & cleaned up like apologies

I am a stray tornado at the bulkhead of your basement breath

& I am wondering if you will let me in

You can tell them later how the radio of your mind came clear

like a car exiting a tunnel,

how standing back up felt like drowning in reverse

When the jackhammer in your chest settles,

tell them how you were pulled back into the boat of possibility,

how you took the oars and you found the shore,

how you listened to the voice inside when I whispered,

“more, more, more”

until I was quiet like satisfaction & still like pride

If one thing has given me confidence in life and in myself, it’s what I did over summer. A complete transformation of myself inside and out to produce who I am today. Who I knew I wanted to be. Who I knew I needed to be. Who I knew would take everything inside of me to become. But who I once thought I could not be. Self-confidence was a thing I lacked…. in every aspect of my life. “I hate the way I look”, “I hate how tired I am”, “I can’t do well in school”, “these classes are too hard”…. the list can go on forever. This is why things needed to change. For anyone out there struggling in any aspect of life, know that confidence is something you CAN have. Self-confidence is nothing more than looking in the mirror, seeing yourself, the product of your experiences and the building blocks of your future, and saying “I got this…. Everything up to this point has prepared me for whatever life has to throw my way, I GOT THIS!”

I’m not going to lie and say that this confidence is something easily found, something that can just be created overnight inside of you. This is something that must be created by a true happiness with yourself and your surroundings. Self-confidence IS inside everyone though. It’s up to you to find it, work yourself to the breaking point, through exhaustion, through everyday life, and once you reach the point where you can be happy with what you have and where you are. THAT’S IT! If you don’t think you have it inside of you, you’re wrong. If you’ve ever said, “one more try… one more shot at this…. I can get this…” about anything, you’ve got it!

Embrace it.

Love it.

Become immersed in it.

Be confident in all you do.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E. E. Cummings

Who is your Wonderwall?


One of the most beautiful songs ever written remade in A Cappella.  This is an absolutely amazing remix of this song that really fills me with so many emotions.  It truly makes you think about anyone special in your life that you might have feelings for or once had feelings for.  Feelings of love, encouragement, a true desire for someone, or a purely innocent infatuation with someone you’ve known for a while or might have just met. There is someone out there that is your wonderwall, that one person in this world that saves you from despair or rejection.  The lyrics in themselves are so well put together you cannot help but to think about someone close to you while listening to the song, but the way this remix was done in A Cappella just mixes together everything to completely immerse you into deep thought and relaxation. Who is your wonderwall?

The lyrics are below if you would like to read them. Well written Oasis. Great Performance SNC.

Today is gonna be the day
That they’re gonna throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

Backbeat the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don’t believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk along are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I would
Like to say to you
I don’t know how

Because maybe
You’re gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You’re my wonderwall

Today was gonna be the day?
But they’ll never throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you’re not to do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do
About you now

And all the roads that lead to you were winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I would like to say to you
I don’t know how

I said maybe
You’re gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You’re my wonderwall

I said maybe
You’re gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after an
You’re my wonderwall

Said maybe
You’re gonna be the one that saves me
You’re gonna be the one that saves me
You’re gonna be the one that saves me

What Really Grinds My Gears


You know what really grinds my gears:

  • Jersey Shore:  Stop watching stupid people do stupid things, they’re not funny and they’re not talented.  Don’t support stupidity!
  • People who think “that’s what she said” jokes are not funny.  Find a sense of humor and laugh once in a while, I hear a sense of humor helps people be social most of the time. Try it.
  • Reality TV: Why watch “reality” TV when you have a REAL life…
  • Facebook: Change every other week? Piss off the whole facebook community?  Claim you care about what facebook users want? I call crap Mark Zuckerberg. Shame!
  • Mean People…. they suck! Stop being mean.
  • Drivers who talk on their phones while driving 10mph under the speed limit because they can’t pay attention to the road.  Speaking takes way too much brain power!
  • Indecisiveness, it’s the killer of all plans.
  • Fun-suckers, Debby-downers, and Negative-Nancys… just because you don’t like fun doesn’t mean other people don’t!  Put a smile on and stop being such a butt-hole.
  • Oh yeah….What happened to old school name calling?  Butt-hole, butt-face, butt-head, I am rubber you are glue… the list can go on and on, bring ’em back people!

And FINALLY….

  • Sensitive people!  It’s called sarcasm people, become fluent with it. It’s fun! It makes normal people smile and laugh!  Not everything is actually meant and in my honest opinion, sarcasm will help you get through life!

 

 

Holstee Manifesto


The manifesto to live by

 

I came across this manifesto about a month ago.  It’s definitely something to read and remember, words to live by.  If you treat everyday like life is short, seizing every opportunity, and doing the things you love and make you happy, you will undoubtedly love life and what life has in store for you.  There’s no reason to search for a relationship when you’re doing the things you love because you are happy and content doing things that make you happy.  While doing those things people will definitely see the insane amount of enjoyment and gratification you have with your life, and people with similar interests will gravitate towards you to make their life better just by simply being in contact with you.  Always wear your passion, no matter what it is, no matter if you get picked on, taunted, or bothered, where your passion and wear it proudly.  Shoot for your dream, no matter what it is, fight for whatever your dream is because everything you could ever want and imagine is attainable, it’s just a matter of if and how you go after them.  Bring yourself up by bringing the people around you up, and in turn they will reinforce your positive attitude and want to be a part of the passion and greatness that encompasses you and your life.  Do whatever it is you love and do it as often as you can to be successful and happy in life, after all that’s what life is! Life is simple.  Life is short.  Life is meant to be happy.  Life is meant to be fun-filled and contain a passion for something.  The Holstee Manifesto is one of the greatest manifestos of all time in my opinion, because it encompasses so much power and meaning in so few words.  What do you think of this manifesto and how does it pertains to your life?

The Path: My Story


The last year has been a huge year of change, a year of transformation, maturing, and growth.  Why this last year? Why the change, now?  The story is one with ups and downs and all kinds of twists and turns resulting in the roller coaster called my health and well-being.  The story starts now.

3 years ago I decided I wanted to lose weight and be a healthier person, I went to the gym, watched what I ate, and had a personal trainer.  I was motivated….at the time.  Summer ended, I went to college, and the normal lazy inactive person I was before became who I was again and the weight began to pile on.  All the weight I lost over one summer came back, plus some.  I was on a downward spiral of weight gain, depression, injury, anger, and laziness that lasted for years.  All that was about to change.

I reached my low last December, after a semester of excessive partying, a ton of drinking, junk food, late nights, and unhealthy living.  I reached the point where I could not stand to see the man I saw in the mirror.  I hated the man I had become.   I was miserable.  I was depressed.  I was always tired.  I stopped caring about myself and thought change would be impossible.  Things had to change right then, at that moment, because I literally thought I would not be living much longer.  I was at 276 pounds and had a body fat percentage of over 34% at the very beginning of this year.  If I didn’t fight for change for myself, who would?

I began carving my path at the beginning of the year with some light cardio days that started to help me lose a few pounds that I inevitably would gain back when my ankle surgery took place at the beginning of march.  Ankle surgery resulted in 8 weeks of being unable to do strenuous physical activity, but it gave me 8 weeks of pure reflection and the ability to change my diet.  I left college and came home for the summer where it instantly became game time!

It began with a regulated sleep schedule, many small meals throughout the day (usually every 3 hours), and a schedule that I would not allow to change or falter.  My path was more than a physical change, it was a mental change, a lifestyle change, a complete change of the person I was, and it needed to happen!  Functional training was the answer, a mixture of training techniques including high intensity cardio, endurance, strength, stability, coordination, flexibility, power, yoga, and body weight movements allowed for rapid (yet healthy) change.  I fought exhaustion, stress from my internships and work,  and soreness to conquer the mess I had become and change my life! I beat myself and my negativity to lose over 60 pounds and nearly 20% of my body fat.

I told you my story for one reason, motivation.  It comes down to what you want, what you want out of life, and what you want out of yourself.  I had to drag myself out of the despair that had overtaken my life and climb out of the darkness.  I learned something this summer, anything you truly want and are willing to work for can be attained!  The benefits of change far outweigh the work I put in to obtain, all the blood, sweat, and tears that accompanied the 3 months I was home for summer were worth nothing compared to the confidence, self-esteem, happiness, and personal drive and accountability I have found.  Motivation is everywhere you look, it’s different for every individual, but exists in all things.  My motivation to change came from the mirror I stood in front of day in and day out for years.  Any person can achieve anything by allowing motivation and drive to encompass them and push them.  What drives you?  What motivates you?  What pushes you further then you could ever imagine?  Harness whatever it is that motivates you and push for anything and everything you want, you never know what you can accomplish unless you push yourself to the edge to reach what you desire.

Impossible


“Impossible” is a word that says so much in 10 letters. A word that can make someone stand up and fight and a word that can absolutely destroy a person and their aspirations. Impossible in it’s most basic state is a word that can evoke so much passion or devastation just by itself that more often than not people stray away from using it. Impossible, though, is a word that should be seen as a battle and a challenge of your will and dexterity. Something that I learned not too long ago, impossible is what you make of it, if you believe something will be or is impossible, it will undoubtedly be impossible. However, if you take what you’ve been told is impossible and battle for whatever it is, you can possibly show the world something incredible! Impossible is a challenge, it’s a chance to step up to the plate and claim what’s yours and what you desire. It’s a chance to face your fears and doubts and destroy them. Will you fail during your quest of the impossible? Possibly. Will you want to quit? Maybe. Will it challenge you every step of the way and force you to dig into yourself and pull out every ounce of strength and determination you have? Absolutely. But as I said before, failure is part of life, it’s what you take from your failures and apply to your life that defines you as a person. Every failure has it’s bright side, every loss has it’s silver lining, and every missed opportunity has another chance waiting somewhere. If you go into life believing you can conquer the world with perseverance and determination, you will. If you go into the world believing things are impossible and you will fail no matter what, you will. If you honestly can say nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing and truly believe that, you can accomplish amazing things. It’s up to each individual to figure out those “impossible” things in their lives and to choose whether or not you want what the world says you can’t have. Is it worth the fight, the battle, the blood, sweat, and tears, or will you allow people to dictate your life by saying you can’t accomplish something? Choose your battles and pick the ones worth fighting for and believe nothing is impossible, because if you truly want something it’s not impossible. It’s just up to you to figure out what exactly it is you want and to show the world nothing is impossible and to show everyone why can be done through sheer determination.

– Eric Welter


If this semester has taught me anything besides the actual school material I need to know, it’s that perseverance is by far one of the most needed qualities in life.  Once, twice, sometimes three times a week I sit down for an entire night, sacrificing sleep for the hope that I will have joy from a good test grade.  Perseverance doesn’t come from continuing on through success though, it comes from rising above your failures, learning from them, and accomplishing something that you couldn’t before.  It’s pushing so hard you think of little else than the final goal of whatever it is you are striving for.  For me, that goal is graduating in the long run, but for now passing tests and making it out alive.  Perseverance by definition is a state of persistence through anything including obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.  Now honestly, I have not done particularly well in some of the tests I have taken this semester, but it’s at these times you need to stand up, look yourself in the mirror, and stare into your soul.  Force yourself to become better than what you may think of yourself at the moment, force yourself to ignore people who think you can’t do it, but mostly force yourself to overcome your own personal obstacles you have set up mentally.  Overcome doubt in yourself.  Overcome the discouragement of failure.  Overcome your negative thoughts.  Become more than you could ever imagine by digging deep within yourself to prove you can do something you once though you couldn’t.  Forget about everyone and everything else and focus on what you need to do to get to the stage of preparedness you need for whatever it is you are accomplishing.  It may sound cliché, but the phrase “Be all you can be” is not only something military personnel should think and achieve.  Every person, in every way can become what they want to be with perseverance.  You can do what you can do, but only if you push yourself to get there.  Perseverance to me is a characteristic trait I am slowly getting the hang of, it is something I wish I had my entire life, and it is something I wish for everyone to have.  Think hard and long about something you wish you could do or want to do and don’t only aim for it, aim for the next highest thing.  “Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” (W. Clement Stone) That phrase really puts everything I’m saying into perspective and makes you think about everything that could be accomplished if you aim higher than anything you ever thought imaginable.  I’m trying to get into a D.O. or P.A. program after undergraduate studies, this is my goal, yes I have failed tests, and even an entire class. I’m not perfect.  It’s what I choose to do with these failures that define me as a person.  What are your goals and how are you going to push yourself to overcome obstacles you face to surpass any goal you set for yourself?

 

-Eric Welter


Morals come from a sense of understanding and passion to do what is right no matter what.  Striving to satisfy your inner moral compass is all but easy though.  Decisions must be made every day that can sway your views on morality one or the other and sometimes even completely change how some people view you as a person.  How can something we all know about be so hard to follow and so hard to keep on the positive (or right) side of the spectrum?  Morality is all about choosing what’s right and what’s wrong in many different aspects of life.  It’s choosing whether or not to let your best friend cheat on the upcoming exam, whether or not you should lie for a friend who needs to get out of a situation with his mom, or whether or not you should say anything about your best friend cheating on his/her significant other to that person.  How do we make these decisions? Why is it so hard to do the right thing? The answer although simple enough is that being bad is more fun.  That’s right I said it… being bad or doing bad things sends a kind of adrenaline rush through most people because you’re breaking the rules and doing things that could be seen as “sticking it to the man”.  Morality is one thing that you should really strive for on a daily basis, something you should really want for yourself and the people around you. The ideals of honor and integrity should mean EVERYTHING to you.  Sometimes it won’t be easy.  Sometimes it won’t be fun.  Sometimes you may end up losing friendships or relationships because you strive to do the right thing.  But really, how can you live life to its fullest if you consistently have bad morals.  Who likes people like that, people who pick bad choice, who do crappy things, or who wouldn’t go out of their way to help you out and give morally accurate advice to you in a time of need.  It’s no wonder the nicest people are always surrounded by people who motivate them and help them continue down that “road less traveled”.  It’s hard enough to keep a moral compass pointing north, but doing it on your own will prove to be one of the hardest things ever.  Morality, in my eyes, comes from the people around you, from your parents, from your friends, from your education, and from inside of you.  It really is your decision to stay on a moral high-ground, to stay ahead of a world that usually goes the opposite direction of morality.  It’s up to you to choose the right people to surround yourself with, to uphold the virtues and morals instilled in you through the years of your life.  It’s up to you to really keep your head on straight and strive to be the best and most kind person you can be. What is life with negativity? With a never-ending path of wrong-doing’s and bad decisions?  Where will that path take you? Where will you end up while making those decisions? Look in the mirror and realize morality is really the best way to go, the best and most direct path to a happier and more fulfilling life.  Now tell me, why is it the “road less traveled”?  Seriously, tell me…

 

-Eric Welter


Fighting for what you want or what you believe in is one of the hardest things to do in a lifetime. Facing opposition at every turn, every decision you make being harder, and every inch you go there is a margin of error that cannot be escaped. You can’t say it any better than Al Pacino’s speech in Any Given Sunday, “Either we heal now,… or we crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, until we’re finished. We’re in hell right now, we can stay here and get the crap beat out of us, or we can fight our way back, into the light.” It’s fighting for what you want in life that keeps you going, fighting for what you are destined to do. If you can’t look yourself in the mirror and see someone who you know will fight for every inch that he wants, you need to dig deep inside yourself. Digging and pulling up every ounce of motivation and determination you can find is what life is about. “Life is a game of inches, one half step too late or too early you don’t quite make it, one half second too slow or too fast, you don’t quite catch it.”

How do you go through life knowing that at every decision and every move there is a potential for mistake? You go through it like everyone else. Even the most amazing people in the world have made mistakes at one point or another. It was their will-power and determination that kept them fighting for every inch. Life is a battle, it’s a war that must be fought every day. Whether it’s something you’re trying to fight out in your career, in your relationships, or in yourself. It’s a battle that can be won over time. What is it I’m talking about? That’s your call. It can be anything, sports, relationships, classes, career choices, financial hardship, you name it, there’s a battle to be fought. But, “It’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch.” No stronger words have been said than that. If you want something so bad that you’re willing to give up anything and everything else for that one thing, absolutely no one can stop you. As human beings we are programmed to do great things, each and every one of us are destined to do something to make an impact somewhere. It’s our choice to reach that destiny. It’s seeing what’s around you, the people all around you, helping you and pushing you. The pathway you choose, the destiny you have, that is your war, your battle. Fighting for every inch you want or desire is what life is. The harder you fight and the more you give into everything you do is what will define you as a person. Making wrong choices or wrong decisions is a part of everyone’s life. Building on those mistakes through tenacity and motivation to become the strongest person you can be is what everyone should fight for. Life is a pathway of hardship mixed with tenacity. What will win? No one can make that choice but you. Any fear can be overcome. Any battle can be won. Any villain can be conquered. How hard are you willing to fight? How hard are you willing to push? How much are you willing to give up? No matter what the answer, there’s a path. A path you form to your ultimate destination. Now it’s up to you to fight for every inch you want, every inch in front of you. Forget about the past and dig in, claw your way towards your goal and achieve it. It’s up to each and every one of us to figure out what you’re going to do. So, what will you do?

-Eric Welter

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