October 14, 2016

Yes, that’s today.

There’s nothing monumentally special about today, but it’s a good a day as any to be appreciative.

As I heard on someone’s voicemail yesterday, “Not all days are good days, but there is good in every day.”

That’s definitely true today.

Today, and everyday for the past 18 days, I’ve gotten a reliable slice of good in my days. It comes in the form of letters from my girlfriend. She started writing them a while back so that I would have something to look forward to when we were not together (she lives 5 hours away). They serve as a reminder to me that I am loved;  to remind me how beautiful/special she is (that’s my takeaway); and to count down the days until I move to be with her.

Today’s letter was my favorite, and to me, displays why she has the most beautiful soul of anyone I’ve ever met. It’s truly awesome to get to see the world through her eyes, and be a part of something so beautiful. Soooo, I thought I’d share it with you (without her permission), to share some of her with you, in hopes that it/she might provide a ripple effect of good in your life as well. Continue reading “October 14, 2016”

Chapter 5 – AutoCorrect Off

Spoiler alert. I’ll go ahead and start this chapter by breaking the news to you all that I did not become Chuck Norris. Le Sigh. Maybe the worst or best parenting decision my parents ever made stopped that from ever becoming a reality, or from me having my own memes out there. Or did it? A good friend of mine made this.

Regardless, I’m still kinda pissed there aren’t more of them out there.

Basically though, due to my rambunctious and somewhat violent behavior in elementary school, I was put in in-school counseling around the first or second grade. Something along the lines of anger management for little people. Continue reading “Chapter 5 – AutoCorrect Off”

Thank You for Saying YES

Thank You

Ok, maybe you didn’t say it in capital letters, but I thank you all the same. None of you had to say yes, but you did, and I’m really thankful for that.

I don’t take a single bit of it for granted, and that’s why I wanted to take some time to express my gratitude to all the women in my life who have previously said yes to me; in particular, to those of you who I’ve been honored to call my girlfriends or my wife.

I’ve not only wanted to say those things to you for a long time, but I wanted to write my own thank you letter to all of you because I’ve seen too many other letters out there that just don’t add up to my thoughts on love or any of you. You’ve probably seen them all too; you know, the articles out there that thank people for saying NO, or that thank people for breaking up with them, or that thank people for letting them go. Their all so depressing and negative in tone I feel, and it seems as if they only serve to boost the self-esteem of the person writing them so that they might feel better off afterwards.

And that’s why I’m writing mine, because I wanted my letter to you to be different. I don’t feel like I’m better off without any of you, I feel like I’m better off having had each of you in my life.

So again, I thank you. Continue reading “Thank You for Saying YES”

Why I Write

You are not alone.

That is the primary inspiration behind all my work. To share in a trust that certain feelings and experiences we have as human beings allow us to form an inexplicably surreal common bond between us. A bond that should be shared and nurtured at all times. For it is our perfect imperfectness that makes us all human. It is that which allows us to be connected no matter what our backgrounds – our humanity.

It’s a trust and an understanding that I have developed not through quantitative research or scientific reasoning, but one that can only be explained by you just know or you just feel it.

Something that dives deeper into a field where no one is ever truly able to prove any of it, and where you will never be able to appropriately explain any of it to anyone else. But it’s something that despite not having one piece of evidence to it, I am sure that you will become exponentially closer to someone else just by acknowledging and discussing it – our oneness.

It is something that made me decide over a year ago to unapologetically and unconditionally surrender to you my own humanity through writing, and in it expose those feelings and evolutions from my life thus far. Hoping that by doing so it would allow for others to recognize their own humanity in mine, and thus recognize for themselves our interconnectedness within it. Hoping even further that they might then be able to see even more possible connections in their lives with people they may not know as well.

I wrote and write with a belief that none of my experiences are ever too intimate, or weird, or delicate to be understood by others. And that in accordance, no one else’s experiences are either. I wanted others to know that whatever they were going through in life was ok, because whatever I was going through I have found to be ok too, because we are all human. That it’s all ok. That it’s all worth sharing. And that by sharing our feelings and evolutions we can create, hopefully, a growing acceptance of one another and of our humanity.

An acceptance that would hopefully show our undeniable bond as a species, and through this acceptance enable all of us to erase those reasons that hold so many of us back from our truly divine purpose – the greater good.

And I suppose that’s really why I started writing. That I, just like you, share an innately human desire for a better tomorrow. That I realized despite all the problems of this world, we all do. Even people on opposite sides of a war do. And I believed that if we could just allow ourselves to simply find a way, any way, to see the similarities in each other (that hope in everyone), then we could really achieve something great together.

So I decided my way would be through writing.

I chose writing because after traveling and meeting so many new and wonderful people this last year, I realized that after telling each of them my story that what I was able to not only enable them to become closer to me and to accepting me into their lives, but also closer to themselves and to a greater acceptance of themselves by doing so. Because I was brave enough to share my humanity with them, it allowed them to be braver in the face of theirs.

So that is why I write, to put it all down and put it all out there for anyone to see, because then the possibilities for it are endless; the conversation never ends. Honestly, though, that’s why I do everything, not just write. Because if you aren’t living your life with purpose and towards a greater good, then you really aren’t taking advantage of the true gift of being human.

However, I’ll stop here though and say that I know that I’m not the first person to recognize any of this or want any of this, and obviously achieving it – the greater good-  has proved to be a bit elusive over time. So I want to say that my writing  is also not done with the thought that it’s going to be that one magic cure for it all. But I wanted to add to the conversation anyways.

And I suppose in a way, I wanted to do so solely because I knew that the answer to it all isn’t going to be something that is understood and developed in the context of the mind anyways, but that it’s something that must be felt in the depths of our souls. Because only through our souls are we really able to genuinely ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the truth; and thereby, to feel and see the truth (that connection) in others.

That may sound like I think writing is pointless then, but it’s actually the reason why I thought my writing would be different and worthy, because I hoped that through my writing you would ‘feel’ and ‘hear’ my words in a different way. That it would speak to your soul more than your mind, because I write with all of mine.

That no matter what, you would feel that you are not alone. That I am with you.

So that is why I write, because my soul begs me to connect to yours.

I hope you feel the pull back to mine.

Proverbs 24:14 – Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Expired

Expired

That was the word the doctor used when he walked into the waiting room to inform me of my father’s death – expired. All I could think was, “What, is he some kind of fucking car battery or something?”. Expired, what the fuck?! I mean I know it’s gotta be a shitty part of your job to have to inform someone that they just lost a loved one; but damn, whatever list of words you’ve compiled to use in that scenario needs to be shortened by at least one.

Fucking expired. (SMH) Continue reading “Expired”

Fear Not, My Friend: 10 Tips For Overcoming Fear

Fear Nothing

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(Yes, that’s me. Middle school wasn’t my best look ever. But hey, all things are possible with a No Fear shirt)

I just rediscovered this list that I wrote in an email to a friend a while back.

I was asking her for ideas for new articles/something to write about, and she asked if I could come up with a list of tips for overcoming fears. So in a very short order, voila, I came up with these 10 (I added one after)!

I know that all of us grapple with fear though, so I thought I’d share it with everyone upon it’s rediscovery in hopes that others could find solace and some positive affirmations within. Continue reading “Fear Not, My Friend: 10 Tips For Overcoming Fear”