Vacation time

Good Lordy, the moment is coming near. A week of no stress, a loud family, lots of food, and good times. 

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen my whole family in a while. I’m sure I’ll be playing 21 questions with them all vacation. Where do you work now? Do you have a girlfriend? How is she? When are you going to get married so we can go to a wedding?

People say that these type of questions annoy them… to the point where they have memes specifically for these questions! I like it when I am asked about my life. It gives the satisfaction of knowing that my family cares about what’s going on in my life.

Family. Don’t take them for granted. Gotta love em.

Stick to your true intentions

It’s sad to say that most people like to create negativity in their environment. I’m not talking about a couple of jokes from friends – I’m talking about bullying. Bullying can be a very broad term, often looked at as “being weak”, but it’s goes much further than just a word. 

You hear stories on the news that kids are commuting suicide because of classmates saying that they don’t like how the kid looked or how he spoke. The worst part, many parents decide to push the behavior aside. I’m not telling those people how to raise their kids, but if they are becoming such a nuisance and causing trouble, that should hopefully trigger your “parenting instinct” and help you take action. Many issues can be often avoided; unfortunately, It’s just that many people decide they have far better things to do in their life. Those being bullied, stay in there and keep your head up. You aren’t alone, and someone out their cares for you and loves you. 

Beside that, almost all of us are victims because we bully ourselves. We see other people with the $1000 jacket, or the yeezys, or Gucci flipflops – and we HAVE to buy them. Why? You want to look like you have a lot of money? Honestly, that is okay because those are your intentions – but please don’t regret your decisions. Pay your rent first, keep a roof over your head, put food on the table, etc. If your intentions are to get people to think you have money – than so be it, but do not act like a victim when you were given the opportunity to invest your money to a craft, to a charity, to your personal health, your future business, your art, etc. Let’s prevent this bullying to ourselves!

I can’t lie, at first, I wanted all of the clothes and shoes that celebrities wore. It was until I had to pay bills, when I first got a job at age 15, that took me to realize that it is a chore to want those things. I would have to work 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day, for at least 3-4 months, after paying my bills and taxes, to afford just one of those items if making $9 an hour). I also realized that if I did purchase said item, I would be back to $0. Broke. Done. Just because I tricked myself to thinking that if people saw what I wore, they would like me better. I’m blessed to have family members tell me that it would be the most idiotic decision to ever make. So I took their advice.

But don’t you buy car parts? What makes that any different? The thing is, I can afford them now. I can make these purchases, afford a home, own a car, and put food on the table. Aside from that, this is my art. I have always loved the ideas of how cars are just a sold canvas that needs a bit of modification to bring out it’s true colors. And if it can support the way my car can drive (because it is a daily car) than I will make the investment. 

In the end, that is my true intention. I want to build this car as if I am painting the modern Mona Lisa. This is my Mona.

Stick to your true intentions, for the betterment of yourself and others, and you’ll generate a life of happiness for yourself and possibly for those in your environment. 

Mark, his words

Good day, to all that graduated from Harvard University. Congratulations! An achievement like this should be celebrated and rewarded. Even better, those who were able to listen to Mark Zuckerberg give his commencement speech were treated with a blessing.

Knowledge is something that can always be obtained. There is no end to the knowledge that the world possesses for us. However, what is this knowledge worth if it isn’t used to make someone else’s life better? Mark Zuckerburg’s (I’ll refer to him as Mark for the remainder of this story) first quote covers the whole topic of this story:

Create not to make progress,
but to make purpose.

– Mark Zuckerberg 

It’s natural for us to want something for ourselves. That is our natural instinct. My work, my life, my money. That’s okay.

Mark wanted to capitalize more on the topic but explaining how this generation will have its defining works. I agree, many jobs will soon be automated, will require new skills, and will require much more empathy. What do you mean? It’s fairly clear if you take the time to understand the issue today. The world is changing drastically, as you read – climate change and the rise in discrimination. 

Work should always evolve. As we move into a more advanced technological future, there are more discoveries of methods towards making the world a greener place. Solar panels, electric cars, etc. We must move away from the old and bring the new. What’s worse, we could be holding back the key to our future by causation of limitation.

It’s terrible to hear stories of hate, for example, an African American individual being stabbed to death by another Caucasian American, just days before graduation. American. I used one word to declare the identity of these two individuals. Instead of the hate, why can’t we learn to help one another, to succeed as individuals so that we may succeed as a country. Only we, as humans in this world, can build a better world so that our grandchildrens’ children will be able to look back in history and dream for an even better future. To have the opportunities of going to school without descrimination. To have opportunity to work without descrimination. To live without descrimination. In order to make a change, we must be able to work together instead of  worrying more about another persons skin color, the way they dress, or the way they speak. To work as one. 

At the end of the day, the world will decay with hate unless we change for the better. We can stop the negativity and maybe, just maybe, that one day we will have a solution to problems. The world limits itself when a life is taken, when someone isn’t able to receive an education, or when no opportunists are given. Les brown, an amazingly strong and well-spoken motivational speaker says:

The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hope and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered….

– Les Brown

If you have heard this before, this was meant for those who were afraid to take a leap of faith, to get their foot in the door, and to make an effort. But no. I believe this saying goes deeper than just that. Maybe that kid that was stabbed to death could’ve been the man who could change the world – but we will never know because we have created a limitation for him. Stopped him from doing so because his life has experienced an unfortunate end. Stop the limitations, help one another, and learn to make a purpose together.

Change starts locally

-Mark Zuckerberg

It can start in our neighborhood, to the cities, and eventually reach to the world. It’s as simple as simple can get. Why do we make it so hard for each other? Why must we teach a younger generation that it’s okay to just take this shit. It’s disgusting and humiliating as a race, the human race, to induce hatred. As I digress, it must be known that it isn’t too late. We can stop it now. Let’s change the world for the good.  For the better. Again, great speech Mark. May the world take this message and share your emotions so that one day, we can all feel safe in harmony – in this world.