Postive Role Models in my life.

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I have some great friends in my life. My friends Josh, Dan, Kristi, Matt, Miguel, Kiona, and others. My professor Rainville and my girlfriend Allie. A lot of people come and go that I meet. My close friends have stuck by me over and over. My parents and sister have also been there through all of my problems and struggles. I am always happy to talk with them and they give me hope and renewed strength when times get tough. It has been hard with the many changes over the past year to cope with the stress. My friends give me ideas to get through it and persevere. I am blessed to have such strong models in my life and a good support network to aid me. I look forward to all the good times we will have in our future. I can’t dwell on the bad times, they will be there as well. I hope they are not too bad and that there is some significant light or inner strength that I will have when that time comes to pull myself out of the situation.

Life keeps getting faster, more hectic, full of distraction, and more things to pay attention too. Be sure not to get caught up or lost in this shuffle and always have an eye on what you can make out of your present. Mindfulness and staying in the present are very important things. Taking time out of your day to unwind and reflect or just meditate and journal about your thoughts can help bring you back to the present. I have found that anxiety and stress can be held at bay when I am occupied with a task or just let go and accept whatever state my body presents itself with and whatever situation I am in at the moment. I remind myself everything is ok and there is so much beauty and amazing people and things in the world that it is worth the effort we put forth every day.

I am also blessed to have an amazing Uncle Ethan and Aunt Diane. I have grown up with them over the years, attended their kids weddings, and spent some time with them at their houses in New Hampshire and Charlottesville. Some advice my uncle gave me recently has really stuck with me. He said that everyone has problems and things they deal with every day. When you wake up, think about how blessed you are to have that day. Remind yourself to try and get through the day by for example going to work. If you have a bad day, just remind yourself that you did the best you can and that you will show up and try again tomorrow. Eventually the people at work will see your efforts and say “At least this guy is showing up every day he must be doing something right.” We don’t have to have instant answers to our problems we just have to keep working on them and have faith that they will work themselves out if we keep trying each day. That may not be the answer you want to hear or the easy way out, but it is a good solution for letting go of stress and staying in the present moment. From there we can problem solve our way to whatever we are trying to accomplish.

“Ferrets”

Ferrets

This video is by the same makers of the popular video, “Charlie the Unicorn”. It is an animated comedy about animals, like “Charlie the Unicorn”, but this time it is about animals that exist. In the video, it starts off with one ferret being upset for some reason, and the other cheers him up by singing a song. Unlike “Charlie the Unicorn”, this video I believe could actually be found to be cute in a way. I would suggest it to anyone who loves animated videos.

“Ohio Is For Lovers”

Ohio Is For Lovers

Ohio Is For Lovers is by the “emo” band HawthorneHeights. This song is older and was released in 2004, which is about 9 years ago. I decided to write about this song because it has been stuck in my head. HawthorneHeights is a great band in my opinion, and even though there is hardcore screaming in their songs, the lead singer, JT Woodruff, displays great singing talents. This will always be one of my favorite songs of theirs.

“Fell For You”

Fell For You

Fell For You is a song by the popular pop-punk band Green Day. Green Day consists of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool.  Green Day formed in 1989 with a different drummer, and had Tre join not so long after forming. This song is off one of their newest albums, Uno, which is part of a three part trilogy Uno, Dos, and Tre. This song is one of my favorites of their newest released. It is upbeat and is really catchy. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Green Day.

“I’m Different”

I’m Different

I’m Different is a song by the rapper 2 Chainz. I decided to do this video because I have been hearing it a lot and it has actually grown on me. 2 Chainz is one of those rappers in my opinion that has very catchy songs. One things that helps his songs is the yelling of “2 Chainz” he adds in front of everything. I would suggest this song or even 2 Chainz to anyone who likes rap music.

“I Miss You”

I Miss You

I Miss You is a song by the band blink-182. It is one of my favorite songs by them and it always has been. It was released in the year 2003. This song has very meaningful lyrics, and is about missing someone you used to be with. It can be sad at times, but I love it in general. I don’t know who hasn’t ever heard this song, but if you haven’t I suggest you should listen to it.

“Pug Knocks Over Shampoo Bottles”

Pug

The title of this video pretty much describes the entire video. In this video, the dog’s owner lines up a row of shampoo bottles on a bathtub. Then the dog runs up and knocks all of the bottles into the bathtub. I think this video is really funny because it is random and something you wouldn’t see every day.  I suggest it to anyone who likes animals or just needs a good laugh.

Californication

Californication

Californication is another song by the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. I decided to pick this song because I already wrote an article on one of their songs, and this song came up as a suggestion. This also happens to be another song I really like by them. It is about how life would be in California, and how everything differs. That is where the name “Californication” comes from. I really think it is such a good song and again, I would also suggest it to anyone.

“Otherside”

Otherside

Otherside is a song by the popular band Red Hot Chili Peppers. RHCP has been together since 1983 and since then has made amazing music (in my opinion). Anthony Kiedes is their lead singer, and has a very unique voice. I think this song has a really beautiful tone, and would suggest anyone to listen to it. It is also one of my favorite songs by this band.