Growing Up Millennial

My Generation.

The Captain's Speech

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 3.54.51 AMAs a person born in the 90s, I am classified as a millennial, which means I am everything that is wrong with the world today. I stare at a screen instead of talking to people. I expect everything handed to me. I am lazy. I binge watch television shows. I overuse the word “binge”. I expect a trophy when I fail. I take selfies everywhere. I am narcissistic. I am entitled. I don’t read the newspaper. I spend too much time on “The Twitter.”

Or at least that’s how I’m categorized.

As if I’m a book and my date of birth is the summary on the back, telling everyone exactly what I’m about.

I feel as though there is a sense of pride that people have for growing up when they did. I look back on the 90s and am thrilled to call that decade my childhood. Just as people born in…

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Choices

Recently I read about how former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Bones Jones was stripped of his title for a mistake that he made. Without going into any detail, Jones made a bad decision that caused him lots of trouble and its going to effect his future for some time to come. I hold a great deal of respect for Jones and don’t wish to pass judgment on him only to learn and reflect on what has happened.

Its important to have a clear mind. A clear mind can think on a situation and determine the best outcome. A man with a cloudy mind or mind full of clutter can not determine which course of action is best. Our choices weather for good or bad effect not only us but those around us. When we decide to do something or not do something we are forcing our will on the world. This will is strong and has consequence. Is this sounding familiar? I know most of our parents taught us this at a young age.

I don’t know Jones personally. All I know is that he’s a terrific champion that has been at the top of his sport from a very young age. Life will deal us situations in which we have to make hard choices and sometimes we can panic. We want to wake up from the nightmare and return to the reality we know. But we cant run. We have to stand face to face with what we have done and take it on the chin. Like they say, its not about how hard you can hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep getting back up.

I know Bones is going to come from this like the champ he is. Its without a doubt going to be a huge learning experience.

Consecration- Obedience to the Soul

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great day.

I have been reading a book called “The Science of being Great” by Wallace D Wattles. In the book he talks a lot about an idea called consecration. Consecration means obedience to the soul. He says in the book,

“You have that withing you, that which is always impelling you towards the upward and advancing way. That impelling something is the divine principle of power. You must obey it without question…. There are many ideas in your mind that you have outgrown. In which from force of habit you still permit to dictate the actions of your life. Cease all this, abandon everything you have outgrown.”

This idea of following your heart is something that has always been on my mind. We spend so much of our time trying to figure out what we should do, what would be best to do financially, what will hurt others the least. We think of many reasons to do the things we do. I believe if we are honest with ourselves we know what our souls are telling us

Let listen to ourselves a little more. It might make the world a better place.

You can’t be too careful anymore

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Lots of old ideas have been seeping back into my mind lately. Ideas that I haven’t thought about for years. This could explain why I have felt so unaware of myself lately. It can be easy to lose sight of our ideas and who we are as we go along in life but we have to remember we are ment to grow.

I’m making a commitment to listen to my inner self. The voice that guides me. The one I mostly drown out. I allow it to be replaced with other talk and noise from all around me that’s not in line with my personal goals; the me I want to be.

Breaking the chains that hold me in this prison wont be easy. The come in the form of expectations, peer pressure, and doubt. When we allow ourselves to be put in a little box it can be hard to get out. We have to give it all we got to knock these walls down.

I’m reminded of the lyrics of an amazing band called Paramore.
“You can’t be too careful anymore. When all that is waiting for you wont come any closer you need to reach a little more”

Trimming the fat

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So I cut my hair. I know what you’re thinking.. So? What’s the big deal? Well it was weighing me down. It had to go. Simple as that. Well it’s also getting hot here in Louisville. We went from winter to summer. Hopping right over spring. Classic Ohio valley.
I feel better without all that hair. It may seem like this post lacks substance but here is what I’m getting at. If something is weighing you down, I mean grisly keeping you from being your best. Get out from under it.

Against the Structured Generation

My post yesterday was about stepping out of your comfort zone. Here is a post from Mark McConaghy about questioning the status quo and living a worth wild existence. Enjoy

The 14th Floor

One of the unfortunate characteristics of our generation is that we have tended to live highly structured lives.  Those of us born in the 1980s, who spent their twenties in the transitional era of the early 2000s, amidst the violent cacophony of the two Bush Wars, have experienced at least some shared sense of structure to our lives.

The typical life of an upper-middle class son or daughter born in Canada during that generation would go something like this: a childhood spent in public schools, with no lack of activities in which to immerse oneself (soccer, piano, theater, etc.). Then high school hits, with its swirl of hormonal desire combined with the looming pressure of standardized tests. It is generally here that the adolescent learns the rhythms of capitalist work-time: school during the day, nights filled with study and ever more structured activities.

If the student is lucky he or…

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May the 4th be with you!

So its Monday. Which is a day many people dread because it means back to the real world. For me however I feel like it’s a good chance to start fresh. The weekends over, we have had time to reflect and relax (hopefully) and now its time to put the wheels in motion.

I had time over the weekend to spend with myself and just my thoughts. That doesn’t happen for me very often so I took the opportunity to do some reflecting. I thought about how my life is going right now and how I would like it to be. All in all I’m content with where I am. There in lies the problem.

Being content is the reason I don’t have a grasp on where I’m heading. I have been living way too inside my comfort zone. Most of our growth as humans is done outside of the comfort zone. Over the past 6 to 8 months I have set up a permanent dwelling in the comfort zone. Sofa and all.

This week I am challenging not only myself but everyone reading this to get up and get out of the day-to-day. If not entirely in some small way. Do you need that cup of coffee every morning? Drink water instead and see how that challenges you. Have you been slacking at work just doing what it takes to keep your job? Push a little harder and try to impress someone. Who knows you may end up impressing yourself. Do you need to eat junk for dinner because it is what you’re craving? Eat something good for your body instead. Yeah sure it’s not going to bring the same release that the cheese burger or pizza will, but in the end you’re going to pay a much greater price for years of constant indulgence. The fun lies in challenging yourself to do something that you normally wouldn’t do.

Here’s to a good week of hard work and growth. Keep on pushin!