Thursday, May 21, 2015

#30DayBlogChallenge - Day 21 - What Makes You Sad

Day 21: What Makes You Sad
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So, coming off yesterday's topic of Happiness, the obvious opposite of that is Sadness! I find that the exact opposite of each of those things I described yesterday (family, things I enjoy) can be a cause for sadness! But I guess I should give more thought to this subject.

Well, there are a few things that can make a guy like me upset, saddened, hurt, unable to function, etc. Firstly, there's death! I hate it! I literally wish everyone could live forever, and not deal with it. But it's a fact of life ... for now!

Secondly, I can't stand rejection! I find it one of the hardest things for me to deal with and function behind! I spend a lot of time trying to do what's right by folks, and trying to make people happy! So, feeling rejection from those people makes me sad! Especially when I care for those people. There's so many examples of rejection, but any of them, for me, can be devastating...not only to my ego, but to my overall existence!

And finally, seeing others hurt! Again, this is especially true for those I care about and/or love!  Seeing them hurt, seeing them struggling, in pain, etc., just breaks my heart! This is probably one of the main reasons I spend time trying to please (some) people, and try to make them happy! If I see them hurt or sad, then it makes me sad. So being the cause of that sadness, is just unfathomable to me!

What makes you sad!?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#30DayBlogChallenge - Day 20 - What Makes You Happy

Day 20: What Makes You Happy
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As I posted back on November 24th 2014, I believe the happiness of my family gives me my greatest joy! I spend a considerable amount of time trying to keep my kids busy in activities they enjoy! I try my best to connect with my wife and make her happy! And although I don't have the most time to dedicate to them, I try to spend time with my extended family and friends whenever I can!

I also find happiness in doing things I enjoy! Like traveling, working on creative pursuits (like this blog) and music! These things fuel my life! I try to indulge in each whenever possible, so that I keep my stress levels down, and my endorphin's high! It's important to find and know what makes you happy! It can be the difference between a miserable life, and a fulfilled one!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#30DayBlogChallenge - Day 19 - Your Favorite Movie

Day 19: Your Favorite Movie
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I swear I was just talking about this movie recently, and my love of it! It may have been because of the recent, and sad, story. The inmate that inspired the tale, Frank Freshwaters, is being sent BACK to prison after all these decades, "on the lam"! The man is almost 80 years old, in bad health and just living out his days in Melbourne Florida! SMH! Anyway!

So back to the subject at hand, My Favorite Movie!

Well, my favorite (as you can tell by the title image) is the critically acclaimed, 1994 film, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, and directed by Frank Darabont:

The Shawshank Redemption is a gritty, emotional and jarring tale of law, punishment and friendship! It inspires with it's hard look at life behind bars, but shows that perseverance, purpose and hope, are what's most important in life! The film originally flopped, but after rave reviews and 7 Oscar nominations, it was a Home Video HIT, cult classic and one the greatest films, ever made!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

#30DayBlogChallenge - Day 18 - A Photograph Of ... ME!

Willie Stylez @ A Party!
Day 18: A Photograph Of ... ME!
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For today's post, we needed to post a photograph... recent, I assumed ... of ourselves! Well, this is me! I'm suited, not booted, but looking quite ready to do whatever! I happened to had been at my cousin, Angie's, birthday party! Her wonderful, loving, children, all pitched in and made this wonderful event happen for their mom! She was VERY surprised, and as always, I had a great time partying and hanging with the fam!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#30DayBlogChallenge - Day 17 - Your Favorite Blogs

Day 17: Your Favorite Blogs
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I have to admit, I have not kept up on all of the blogs I follow, but there are a few lately, that catch my eye, more than others. Sadly, most of my favorite blogs of the past, have gone by the way side...the product of busy lives pulling at their authors. Or maybe uninspired, as I had been for so long! Or a little bit of both!

Well, whatever you do, check out the blogs of my faves, listed here, and all of the "current" blogs that I follow. Hey, what the heck, checkout some of the the not-so up-to-date blogs I've followed in the past too! There's great info in those too!

Current Favorites (in NO particular order):

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#30DayBlogChallenge - Day 16 - Thoughts On EDUCATION

Day 16: Thoughts on EDUCATION
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I'm a huge proponent of Education! If you are to succeed and make a difference, you have to be educated! Now where you're educated all depends, in my opinion, on your circumstance and goals! If you're going to be a pilot, rocket scientist, or prepared to sit in a class for the next 4, 8, maybe even 20 years, after high school! But if you want to be a carpenter, computer tech or mechanic...then traditional universities may not be your only option, and sometimes, not even your best bet!

Find education where it lives... in schools and universities for academic and highly skilled careers, but it may be in technical/vocational school or apprenticeships, for skilled trades! Sometimes, it may be even found in just real life, real world, experience! Education is not a one-stop shop, find it, where it lives!