Hello, 2018

Hello, 2018

What is your New Year's resolution?

Hello, 2018! It is another year to turn your “can’t” into “can,” and your “won’t” into “will.” It is another year to turn your life into the life that YOU want to lead.

Every year, on January 1st

As a wise man once said, “do not let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” New Year's resolutions are great. It means that you are taking the initiative to make a positive change in your life. A resolution you make one year can take you multiple years to fulfill, but it is the actions and steps that you are taking each year that are rewarding and self-fulfilling. My wish for you is that you will not fear failure in 2018.

Remember: we do not lose. We either win or we learn.

My New Year’s resolution this year is to focus on my blessings rather than my burdens. There is so much to be thankful for and it is time that I start to recognize these things and make sure that these people know how grateful I am to be blessed by their presence.

I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given.

I am thankful for the friends that I have made and the friends that I have kept.

I am thankful for the family that I have and the additions that we have made.

I am thankful to be healthy and strong.

I am thankful for my chance at a great education.

My resolution this New Year is to make this known. It is to take action towards my blessings and worry less about my burdens.

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Poetry on the Odyssey: I Can't be Sick

It's that time of year again where we all get sick, when we don't want to be

I can't be sick,

not today at least,


I can't be sick,

I say as my throat burns me as I try to speak,


My eyes are bloodshot red,

and I keep coughing.

Why am I sick?

I say, as I look for my tissues

Maybe it's because of the cold?

Maybe my friends got my sick?

I want to rip my nose off because of how many times I sneezed

I CAN'T be sick,

I have an essay to write,

a presentation due,

and my friend asked me to go see a movie this weekend,


In a week, I'll be fine

I say, as I take my medicine,

Just have to drink this minty lemon flavored tea,

that burns my throat and tongue,

but in a week I'll be okay,

I just wish I wasn't sick right now.

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Winter Weather Blues: What is it I am searching for?

I hope you are somewhere warm and fuzzy, because it is friggin' cold this winter!

It's 5 degrees outside. Cold! On the inside I am cranky, but from my appearance you may see a genuinly happy guy. Somebody who is eager to chat for a moment or two. This is true, yet often I hold it together just long enough in these moments before I want distance and space. I sit. I ponder. I think.

What I want to say is not here. Sometimes its the words. Sometimes its the emotion. Surrounding all of us is a lot of frustration and confusion, thus stress and fatigue. I am not impervious to it all. No matter the strength and capability I acquire, we are still always at balance with the people around us. Whether you engage with them or not.

It would be selfish if I said this is something that I am seperate or immune from. The only difference there seems to be between us all is how we choose to respond to any circumstance of emotions. I deeply desire for a lot of us to be genuinely happy. Not through satisfactory means, but rather through fulfillment and trust in on another.

I know that one of the flaws is to expect too much out of others. It is a flaw because I am expecting too much out of myself, and not wholly caring towards the expectations of others. A lie floats around supporting this. They aren't relatable to you. What they want is completely different.

What in the heck is this! Is it the weather? Do I need to exercise? Do yoga? Eat? Meditate? Do I need to get laid? The latter sounds very nice, but even this is only satisfactory and temporary to a point.

It is connection that I crave. I didn't know that I would grow to want authentic conversations with fellow human beings, so I didn't apply much time working towards it. Now, it only seems like an awkward junior high dance. Interactive interaction does not suffice either. It is raw, live experiences with humans that are flooded with laughter. This is what I dream of the most. It matters not where or from who this livliness happens. I just want it to be real... true.

Go ahead! Curse at the weather! Curse at the wind! When the correct temperance is among us, the world will be filled with our purest Joy again.

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