Five Ways to Stay Positive

Coming off of a somewhat dark post, I want to reinforce the fact that this is an optimist’s blog! I am irrepressibly positive, or, as I’ve been called, “nauseatingly optimistic.” I like blue skies, music with eighties-sounding synthesizers, and kissing my wife on top of ferris wheels – something we haven’t done since we’ve gotten married!

So today, we’re looking at five ways to stay positive. It’s a simple message, no doubt, but sometimes the world needs simple messages.

Let me show you a little of what I know, specifically, how to stay positive. Despite my pension for delving into occasionally dark topics, I am at the top of the food chain for most upbeat person I know. I acknowledge the darkness that exists in the world, but I rarely ever embrace it. I have the confidence that everything is going to work out, no matter how bad things seem. I am not blind to negativity, but I’d like to think that I am, at the very least, sufficiently shielded from it. Continue reading “Five Ways to Stay Positive”

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The Easy Road to Cynicism, and the Perilous Expedition Getting Back

“The adventure begins,” I thought to myself while sitting on the couch after working hard to get my apartment furnished and in order. One would think I was referring to the idea of being an adult, independent, beginning a new life of being self-supportive. However, in this case, my thoughts were of something else entirely. The adventure was of me completely abandoning my pessimistic ways and completing my metamorphosis into a real idealist. I honestly didn’t think it was possible.

Continue reading “The Easy Road to Cynicism, and the Perilous Expedition Getting Back”

Live for Now; Dream for Later

When we’re constantly moving at the speed of sound, we sometimes forget how to stop. But that pausing is necessary in order to exist in the now. When you’re constantly moving through time and the world, the now ceases to exist and all your left with is accomplishing one task after the next until finally exhaustion sets in.

You breathe in, finally, and you realize half your lifetime is gone, and that thought paralyzes you.

For about one day. Continue reading “Live for Now; Dream for Later”

When Life’s Not Fair

I’ll tell you flat out. The only thing that’s fair in life is that everybody will get thrown under the bus at some point. There are situations where the stars align and it seems predestined for you to fail.

Blame it on fate. Blame it on humanity. Blame it on God. The truth is, it doesn’t matter who is on the receiving end of the blame because situations like this simply happen.

I am uniquely qualified to talk about this because yesterday… well yesterday I lost my teaching assistantship at Auburn. This means I will not be teaching COMM 1000 classes next semester. My teaching assistantship is what supplied the funding for my tuition as well as my living expenses. My grades were good, so I can still take classes. The problem is that I don’t currently have a reliable method of paying for them. But this blog post is not to complain or give you the latest report on my life. It’s about life not being fair. Continue reading “When Life’s Not Fair”