Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years

Whenever we get to a new year people say stuff like "let's hope next year is better" or "goodbye to this awful year." Though it is true that each year is going to have good and bad it seems that the bad memories and experiences are the ones carried on into the new year. The new year is a new start, you now have 365 more days to do whatever you want. It is up to you to make it good or bad. Before we move on though I like to take a moment to remember the good stuff that happened in the past year because it never seems to be remembered. The bad experiences and memories are the ones that should be left behind, not the good ones. However, it seems to be the opposite.

Like mentioned in previous entries humans usually remember the bad over the good most of the time. Though there are exceptions, it seems to be the case. Especially around the time of new year. By remembering them, people seem to think they can leave them behind when the clock strikes midnight and the new year begins. However, one should not remember the bad but the good. As we go into the new year it is better to enter with a positive attitude.

I challenge is to enter the new year not wanting to leave the bad behind but as a time to celebrate the good that happened. It is better to enter something new remembering the good then wanting to not repeat the bad. It is a time for new beginnings but also a time to celebrate all the good that has happened.

Happy New Years!
-Brandon

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Little Moments

We all have those moments in life that when they are over we can only look back and have a want to relive them. They are usually the big moments in our lives that deal with life changing or monumental events. Due to to their vastness and greatness it is hard to not want to relive them. However, they are usually far apart from each other and scarce. A person usually has so many in a year. That is why I do not think it is the big moments that deserve the attention, but sometimes it is the small ones that do.

As the timer that is my high school career is coming to closer and closer to the end, it is hard to not want more of these big moments. As the "end" draws near a person wants to go out with a bang, some event that was worth the ride. Not only something that people will remember that person for but also something that person will never forget. I disagree though. Sure the big moments will cause the biggest responses and reactions but the little moments are, if not more, as important.

A friend of mine once told me "it doesn't matter what you are doing, but who you are doing it with," and I agree. Though big set piece events can be cool and fun, it is the intimate moments that leave the most impact. It is when we truly are ourselves and really connect with others. There is no big thing to pull people away in the small moments. It is just people being people and those are some of the moments that we hold on forever. The movie Zombieland had a list of rules to live by and one of those rules was Rule 32, enjoy the little things. As time in many senses draws nearer to the end try to enjoy the little things. Though they might not be as life changing as the big events they are more common and truly are special. You might not realize it at first, but looking back they are the moments that define us and the ones that leave our impact, and the impact of others on us.

-Brandon

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Repetition

It has been a while. Usually when I have writer's block I only have it for a week or so, but as you could probably tell it has been quite a bit longer than that. I apologize for the lack of posts. Ironically the blog's audience grew during my time of absence which was great but unexpected. The reason I have been gone though is not because I have had writer's block. There has been plenty I could write about. The issue was that everything that happened was just a repeat of something that had happened in the past.

As life goes on we notice certain patterns in our life. Certain situations just repeat themselves, kind of like deja vu. It is because as humans we usually act the same in common situations unless we make an conscious effort to grow out of them and react differently. If we do not, however, history repeats itself and things play out in a similar fashion.

That has been the issue lately. Nothing is bad, it is just nothing is too noteworthy because it is a repeat of something else. The best sequels to movies are not the ones that tell the exact same story but are the ones that contribute to the overall story arc. They create progress. If I wanted to do repeats I might as well just post old blog posts and change a word or two. That is the thing about life. You do not notice how much it repeats itself until you take a step back and really look at it. Repeating is not always a bad thing, in fact it can be good thing if it is something worth repeating. However, it does take the spice out of life and makes it quite bland. You need to take that step back and acknowledge it so you can grow. We all want to make progress in life and sometimes to do that you have to stop hitting replay and just hit play.

-Brandon