The one time I was offended because someone spoke how I was pretending to speak.

A while back I taught myself how to speak with a British accent for fun.  Actually I did it so I could be more versatile in improvisation skits, but that’s a whole different story.  It wasn’t a very good one, and at times it probably had some Scottish, Australian, South African or some aspects of other different types of British accents thrown in.  I think it can be pretty convincing to the average American listener though.

Anyways, back to the story, I had the joy of working at a fast food joint which shall remain nameless.  I took it as an opportunity to work on practicing the art of the British accent.  I think I did pretty well.  I used it for about two days straight (about 5 hours each day).  I even trained one new guy with it.

Here’s the funny part.  On the second day, actual British people came in (or what sounded like British people to my untrained ear).  I heard them speak and I immediately became offended.  I thought to myself, is this guy trying to copy my speech?  Did I just hear him speak without an accent, now he’s definitely mocking me…  Perhaps it was the fear of being caught not having a real British accent.  I’m not quite sure.  Either way I stuck with it for fun.

Maybe the story isn’t so funny.  Maybe it’s just interesting.  Interesting that a person could be offended by situation like this.

favorite places to write as a child

writing prompt taken from https://redravine.wordpress.com/2007/05/30/100-writing-topics/ using a random number generator for the challenge.

Also take a look at my life as fresh fruit.  Also taken from redravine.

On a final note, I didnt really write much as a child, actually I disliked any sort of writing with a passion. So instead I wrote a fictional passage that stuck to the prompt.

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Where the Sun Whispered.”

The sun reached through the window, stretching across the classroom floor to just barely warm my arm.  On my desk was the shadow of the class sunflower just slightly angled as if it was ready to take the lead in a waltz with its’ leaves stretched out as arms.

I kept my head down as Mrs. Peterson concluded her lecture on local landforms as I pretended to scribble notes.  The rest of my classmates sat with their backs straight, faces forward, legs shaking, and with anxious arms ready to grab their backpacks.  They put the clock behind us on purpose.  I always knew it was almost time to go because of the sunflower.

The bell sounded, and the class erupted in speech as usual.  I waited a few moments to pack up.  People are always in a rush to leave.  I always waited to see if the sunflower ever found it’s dancing partner until the buses pull up blocking the sun.  It never does, but he waits.  Everyday.

The walk to the bike rack was always an exciting time, because I knew it could take me to my favorite place.  I found it on one of my first days at this school.  I was trying to find a shortcut home, and took a route past the concrete roads.  No fences, no signs.   The entryway consisted of a few bulky bushes with just a tiny gap enough for me, and my bike to fit through.  I would have never found it had I not fallen off my bike as I tried evading a squirrel one day.  Just beyond the bushes were trees who’s tops I could just barely see, but there was one special tree.  The one with hanging moss that changed colors throughout the year.

You could hear the chanting of the brook just before reaching the entryway.  Just past the bushes was a fairytale.  The trek along the path was filled with wonder, and fresh misty air.  Somehow there was a path; I never figured out how it got there, and I never saw anyone else here before.  It was a small dirt path which seemed to separate the grass as I passed.

Frogs skipped across the calm brook without a care, they were always moving.  The song of birds always filled the background regardless of the season.  Large stones rested on the side of the path untouched by anything but bright green and lush moss.  Flowers and shrubs placed themselves neatly throughout the area.  I had always imagined forests to be only green, but there were colors.  Lots, of colors.  Purples on the side of trees, yellow reflections off leaves, clear blue water strolling along the brook path, and reds of all shades among the different flowers.

It was always nice to take it slow.  It was always nice to be here.  The tree with hanging moss was just a small distance from the entrance.  My favorite was when the mosses were white.  The tree always seemed to welcome my bike.  It rested perfectly along its side as the moss hung just slightly above it as if they were protective arms.

The sun peeked through the moss outstretched branches of leaves.  It always pointed at my seat on a large stone by the tree.  It was my chair.  I dropped my bag, and pulled out my writing book, and took a seat on the stone where the sun whispered through.

10 things that can happen if you fail

The main point of this post is to get rid of the fear of failure.  This isn’t to say that you should try to purposely fail.  It’s to get rid of the fear of trying.  To realize that nothing bad really happens from messing up.  There may be potential consequences to certain actions that you need to weigh, but generally, trying something and messing up doesn’t really sting that bad.  It’ll sting worse wondering what if.

1) You’ll learn from the experience.  If you’ve kept any sort of track of the process of the goal you were trying to accomplish that led you to failure, at the end of it, you will have come across something that you can learn from the experience.

2) You’ll live another day.  There are exceptions to this rule of course, like if you fail at skydiving.  For the most part, if you fail at playing an instrument, or fail at talking to that girl you like, the chances are you will be alive afterwards.

3) You will have a story to tell.  After you fail at something you’ll probably have a funny or sad story to tell.  If it’s funny people will laugh with you and think you’re hilarious, that’s always good.  If it’s a sad story, they may feel pity for you and help you out, some people like that; people who don’t like pity won’t tell the story though.  Or a third, people will gain some extra respect for you.

4) You will have tried.  This is important.  If this list was in a ranked order, this will probably be number 1.  Seriously, just try, it’s not that big of a deal.

5) You will be prepared to fail in the future.  This is relative to number 1.  Fail once, twice, three times, the next few times won’t sting so bad.  Chances are, that you’ll probably have some successes along the way as well.

6) You will have found other opportunities.  I could list a bunch of inventions that were made by accident like the sticky note, but I’m not going to.  Just look it up “inventions made on accident.”  Maybe your goal is to have a billion dollars.  If you really want to succeed at having a billion dollars, and go after it with all your effort, I’ll bet that you will find some opportunity along the way that is worthwhile.

7) You will guide your own life’s mission.  Perhaps at first you think you want to fight whalers for a living.  Upon failing at fighting off the whalers, you may discover that you don’t really care that much about just whalers, and what it really was is that you wanted to stand up against all animal cruelty.  Well hey, you just helped guide your own vision. Yes whaling is more specific, maybe they wanted broader focus?

8) You will lose some fears.  Not to say you will lose all of your fear.  You will gradually become numb to fear of certain situations though.  Maybe you won’t even lose the fear, but you’ll be able to at least overcome it.  In that case, is it still even there?  Is the butterflies in your stomach feeling really fear of something you can’t overcome?  Or are they just nerves.  Nerves that help you perform better?

9) Nothing.  Sometimes if you try something, and you mess up, or fail, literally nothing will happen to you.  You won’t learn anything, you won’t lose anything, you won’t gain anything.  Hopefully you get something good out of it, but really there’s a chance nothing at all happens.  No one notices, no one cares, you don’t even care and you’ll move on with your life.

10) Your peers, neighbors, and family will mock you endlessly causing you to lose everything you own, and any possibility of a successful future or even near-success while your parents disown you never to speak to you again causing you to not even be able to get a job as a janitor in a fast food restaurant owned by immigrants who don’t even care about your citizen ship, and despite being a citizen the government doesn’t even want to give you welfare or any possible opportunity to help you survive through your tough time.  Ok this last problem probably won’t happen.  Have a nice day.

“Sleep Paralysis.”

It’s one of those nights, when I lie awake

when things aren’t right

not again, give me a break.

Lying there paralyzed, stricken with fear

It was then that I realized,

That she wasn’t as near.

Often at bed-side, or hovering above me

But just not tonight

That wretched old banshee.

I can’t make a sound, my fingers don’t work

She creeps like a hound

I’m going berserk.

My body drips sweat, my eyes moving quick

Her eyes and mine met

I start feeling sick.

She starts to stroll near, I just want to shout

I kick into gear

GET OUT!

It was only a dream.  Just go back to sleep.

Copyright 2015

An idea for a potentially beneficial research project.

Having lived in Florida my whole life, the concept of being stuck inside due to winter has never crossed my mind.  There are articles out there that mention winter depression because people don’t have the opportunity to go out and do things.  Or the suns rays.

It would be interesting to see research that’s done today with all the technology and connectivity we have.  The research usually suggest Vitamin D from the sun is the cause, or some other aspect of it’s rays.  That could probably be the control, but it’s interesting to think that technology has been taken granted by Floridians who never have to worry about being stuck inside, except for maybe during a hurricane for 1-2 days.  The thing about those is that right after the hurricane ends, and all the electricity goes out, communities end up becoming tighter because they actually gather together outside.

10 Reasons you should take the next 10 minutes of your life to come up with a mission statement.

Sometimes, we need guidance in our lives.  This is why we may read articles, look at horoscopes, watch the news, and listen to others.  However, one thing we may miss out on is our ability to guide ourselves.  This is a call to action for anyone who reads this to come up with their own mission statement within the next 10 minutes.

1) It’s not set in stone.  Even if it was set in stone, you could just get a new stone.  Maybe tomorrow a dog rescues your newborn baby from a snake attack, and you decide to change your mission statement to “look out for the welfare of all dogs.”  The point is, as your life changes you can adapt.

2) Trust that you can guide yourself.  It’s not bad to have an idol, or people you look up to.  They will alter how you perceive the world, but let’s not forget the most important person.  You.  We need to trust ourselves that we can direct our lives where we want it to go, and coming up with a mission statement is a great first step.  If your mission statement is simply to be the first multi-trillionaire, just write it.

3) With no goal, there can be no direction.  You can wander life aimlessly, and maybe you’ll come across something one day.  Or you can go through life with a certain purpose, and find something towards that purpose along the way, and again, refer back to #1, it’s not set in stone.

4) Why not? You don’t have to listen to me, I believe in free will.  If you are really against this exercise, then you don’t have to.  However, if you want to do something that could really be beneficial to you that may change your life over the next 10 minutes, then it can’t hurt.  You don’t even have to say it out loud, but to write it somewhere you can see it daily will be a great reminder.

5) You’ll gain confidence.  At the end of this exercise you will have literally found a purpose in life, no matter what it is.  Isn’t that what many of us want out of our ~century on this planet?  To know that we had some meaningful purpose, and that we’re not just meant to be worm feed?

6) It doesn’t have to be complicated.  No one’s expecting you to end world hunger.  If that’s an expectation you have on yourself, great, but writing it down definitely helps you define your days.  You also don’t need to write a 500 page thesis on how you’re going to accomplish it either.  Just a short twitter length mission statement is sufficient for this.

7) It’ll make your life easier.  Let’s say your mission is to be a great person.  Tomorrow someone says “hey man, lets go do some B&E (that’s breaking and entering as Dane Cook puts it).”  Well you can think back to your mission statement, and decide whether it helps push you forward on your mission or a step back.  Ok life isn’t always so simple on these decisions, but it’s the underlying principle we’re talking about here.

8) You’re a hipster.  Ok this ones kind of a joke.  Don’t be a hipster.  Seriously, but how many people do you know have mission statements?  Probably not many.  The only entities I know with mission statements are huge successful corporations.  Be one of the few, or hopefully, eventually, many.  Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone could openly talk about their mission statements?

9) You will feel productive.  Let’s pretend for a moment you’ve only been reading blogs, Facebooking, and Redditing since you woke up this afternoon.  You will have produced something potentially beneficial in the next 10 minutes, regardless of what your mission statement is.  Maybe your mission statement is just to lay in bed for the rest of the day.  That’s cool too, you can just change it tomorrow, but it’s better than putting it off until tomorrow.

10) Opportunities may arise.  Perhaps you decide that you want to colonize Mars.  Well you’ll probably start being curious about how you can accomplish that tomorrow.  You’ll then start finding companies and others that also want to colonize Mars.  You’ll maybe even find someone with a direct contact to Elon Musk who is looking for people to colonize Mars.  Ok I don’t know if he is, but if anyone is, he would be my first guess of people.  Him or Stephen Hawking…  Regardless, opportunities may arise, when you start wondering about “how you can accomplish your mission.”

Have fun, and may the force be with you.