End of the Road

So, I’d thought long and hard about this for a while but I’ve finally made my decision. This will officially be my final post in this blog. I have to say, it’s been fun sharing so many tips and advice to help inspire y’all along with a few newsy columns. Not only have I run fresh out of ideas on what exactly to write, but the motivation just hasn’t been there for me either. I’ve gone through a major event in my life lately that made me question literally everything. It also made me feel even more different. All-in-all, it hurt like Hell and more than half the time I’d rather not talk or even think about it.

The last few things I want to say are about suicide prevention and spreading on the positive influence. Today, we lost a great actor, comedian, and human. Robin Williams was only 63 when he committed suicide. I had just gotten on Twitter to see the news and, needless to say, I was shocked. When I tried to find out why he did what he did, I found that he had suffered from severe depression. Of course, you might ask why the Hell it takes an actor’s death for us to realize how serious the issue of mental illness is. It doesn’t, but it’s not talked about nearly enough until someone dies.

When I think about it, I look back at the time when the #BellLetsTalk movement took place on Twitter to raise money to help fight against these mental diseases. Obviously, money wasn’t everything. If people really cared enough, they would have tried to spread positivity among their friends and family. They would have tried to help those in need by verbally communicating with them and letting them know that it will be okay, that they are not alone. So please, do your part in doing good for society and help whomever needs help. Talk with them. You  never know what’s hidden behind those eyes and in the depths of their minds. Also, for those who are currently suffering, don’t give up. Continue to hold out any and every bit of hope left in you. Be vocal about it. Don’t be scared because, again, you don’t have to fight it alone.

I honestly hope you guys will continue spreading positive notes to your peers and others. It doesn’t matter if it’s through a blog like mine, an online chat, or just plain verbal communication. My friend, Josh Chen, introduced and spread the Daffodil Principle to me. Here, I’m spreading it to you.

From here on out, I’ll be working on my paranormal blog that I’d briefly mentioned in the column before this. Once hockey season starts back up again, I’ll also be working on writing for Blades of Teal, a San Jose Sharks hockey blog. So, for those of you Sharks fans y’all can feel free to check that out if you haven’t already. For just plain hockey fans, there are loads of NHL team blogs on FanSided. Knock yourselves out.

That’ll do it for me. Thanks for reading, guys! Hope y’all enjoyed the run.

Side Note: I’ll still help out and try to inspire anyone I can in other ways.

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Another Blog & Life Update

Hey guys. So, I now have another blog. That one talks about the paranormal and urban legends. If you want to check it out, the link is thexunknownxworld.blogspot.com.

In other news, I now have another girlfriend. This time, though, I feel it’s going to last a long time given that my parents approve. I love her a lot and hope to get to see her soon. I’ve also been busy with other stuff, particularly school life. I’ve needed to raise my GPA in college after slipping behind. It’s only going to get harder, so I have to buckle up and enjoy the bumpy ride.

I’ll still try to think of some stuff to blog and blog when I can, but I have so much on my plate.

Hope y’all are enjoying my columns! If there are some with spelling and grammatical errors, I apologize. I’ve admittedly been too lazy to proofread my articles recently, which I need to get back to doing properly.

Memorial Day: A Day of Appreciation

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It was only a few days ago that I watched Lone Survivor, and in all honesty it was more powerful than any other war movie I’d ever seen in my life. It wasn’t just that it was all based on a true story, about Operation Red Wings. It was how realistic the directors and actors made it look, from the terrain of the mountains and Afghanistan to the conflicts that the soldiers had to face daily, especially with how vulnerable soldiers can be up in those mountains which basically serve as training grounds for the Taliban.

None of us have to be in the military to appreciate the fine effort and ultimate sacrifice from the men and women in uniform who serve our country every day, but that movie honestly gave me new-found appreciation for the work they do. Every day, they give their lives to preserve, protect, and defend our country and our rights. To the families of those who lost their lives serving our country, I send my deepest condolences. Thank you all for your services.

Art: A Form of Expression

Air Combat Art via http://www.wallcoo.net/

Air Combat Art via http://www.wallcoo.net/

Art, by definition, is a form of expression. It’s all around us, from the music we listen to to the pictures and paintings we see around us. You already know all this. So, why am I telling you this?

The brain has always interested me. Almost all of us have feelings and emotions about something, whether it’s love or depression or even just having fun.

For example, one form of art that’s quite popular nowadays is music. Music, like every other form of art, tells a story. It’s not just a bunch of pitches and notes put together to make sound. Certain classical pieces can tell the audience of a popular folktale. Each country has a national anthem that represents what that country is all about. There are deep songs about love, and even fun songs about partying. A song impacts someone if they feel emotionally connected to it.

Whatever form of art you come across, just know that there has to have been a reason behind it.

Heroes & Heroism

We all know what a hero is, at the very least the commonly accepted definition and concept of it. We’ve seen it pop culture. The main character, a protagonist, is living his own life when he’s called upon to accomplish an extraordinary task. Along the way he has to battle his adversaries and adversities, including true love, to achieve a happy ending for the good guys.

We know that superheroes like Batman and Superman don’t exist, so in reality what qualifies one as a hero? Is it the soldier serving our country overseas to protect our rights and freedom? Is it the firefighters and law enforcement who also give their lives every day to help ensure the safety of others? Or is it average people like you and me who go out of our way in daily life to help make a positive impact to other peoples’ lives?

One thing we have to consider when talking about heroes is who they are. Some just naturally have a good heart, while some may just be doing it out of pressure. No one’s free of mistakes, so how severe were their mistakes and should they be forgiven for those past mistakes and should those errors be long forgotten?

All the tales of happiness, struggle, and choices are illustrated in the Hero’s Journey, an archetypal pattern of narrative identified by American scholar Joseph Campbell.

The Hero’s Journey Chart Taken from http://www.veronicasicoe.com/

Essentially, the hero is called upon to face and resolve a dilemma. As the situation rapidly changes and gets worse, so do the hero’s surroundings — and most likely — even himself. Should the hero adapt to the situation or should he/she not? Should he/she succumb to his/her weakness or weaknesses or should he/she not? What really constitutes right from wrong? These are questions that the hero must answer to decide the fate of the situation and himself/herself. These are also questions that we ourselves must answer, which is why I believe this is strongly applicable to real life. What defines us as people and who we are?

To me, there are seemingly more questions than answers still, but in my opinion a hero is one who goes out of his/her way to help people for the better, protect their values, and make a difference in society.

What are your thoughts?

Humans: Just How Fragile Are we?

Humans… so fragile. I never realized how fragile until recently.

– Castiel from Supernatural (I’m No Angel)

I was listening to Broken by Lifehouse, and then upon further thinking about the lyrical meaning of the song I suddenly had the same realization I’ve had before: how fragile us humans are.

Every day, along with the happiness and joy in our lives comes the inevitable pain that we all must endure, both physically and emotionally. With this pain comes the severity. Some may argue that it is our choice to make the initial pain greater than it really should be. Others say the initial amount of pain is out of our control. We all deal with things differently, but in the end we all want this pain to go away.

I’ve seen people get depressed. I’ve heard and read stories about people committing suicide at an early age, and while at some point we’ve got to have that moral support around us, it makes me wonder. Just how fragile are we really?

Let’s take love (as in BF/GF love) as an example. Most, if not all of us have gone through this. We’ve crushed on others whom we really liked and depending on our personalities, we might either be shy or have no problem with communicating with that person. If it all eventually works out well, the relationship becomes more intimate. In times when everything starts crumbling around us, however, more times than not one of the two is affected negatively. They can’t stop thinking about that special someone (or ex). They feel emotionally hurt and don’t know what to do, and that state of mental panic sets in.

In a way, it is a choice. We can either choose to be highly affected by this emotional state and make it worse ourselves or we can get over it. However, in my opinion (and one I’ll be talking a lot about in a later column), the feeling of love and break-ups is something that can never go away no matter how hard we try.

Point being, there are situations in life that threaten to break us down to the core. Are we going to let it break us down emotionally or are we going to fight through it and stand stronger than before? That’s our choice to decide.

Here. Have a listen.

A Busy Life & Thoughts I Can’t Put Into Words

So, I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately. Not only have I been trying to catch up with school, it’s also the other stuff I want to do. Mainly, though, it’s because I’ve been contemplating the same things over and over again. So, there’s really nothing new to write about. However, I do have a huge and very deeply insightful column I’m planning on writing about in the near future. Hopefully it won’t be too far into the future because it’s one hard ass topic to put into words. As is the case for everything in life though, I just have to take it one step at a time. Hope y’all enjoying my blog so far! Feel free to comment and like my posts! Please recommend this blog to your friends and spread the word!