But Did You Vote?

Tomorrow is it. It’s our opportunity to correct a tremendous blemish on this nation’s record. Whether we’re looking at legislative powers or impeachment and removal, tomorrow can be a turning point for America or it can continue down the same path it’s been on for centuries: One seeped in bigotry, hatred, and white patriarchy that is masked as progressive freedom.

Have you voted? If not, it’s ok. You still have a chance. If so, have you encouraged anyone else to? Cool. Well, encourage someone else.

Do I believe the process is flawed? Yes. But will not participating fix it? No. Participate and then, when it fails you, fight.

 

Make voting a priority.

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Beautiful Chance

On yesterday’s final run of the month, I came across a small WWII-era airport that was tucked away at the very end of a dead end road. Being that I am a history buff who was born and raised in the Triangle, I thought I would’ve known something as cool as this was here.

The point of this is that, when you set a goal, like I did last month and you go above and beyond, more blessings come. You see, I ran an extra 2 miles past my goal yesterday. Had I stopped running a half a mile earlier (which would’ve put me right on track for hitting my goal with precision), I would have never seen this airport. I wouldn’t have these amazing photos.

Life is about chance but sometimes we create our own.

 

Make going that extra mile a priority.

Do Something You’ve Never Done

Last week, I posted about my 60 mile goal. With 11 days to go, I was 37 miles from my goal. Today, I hit mile 60 and, then, I kept running. Why? Because 62.14 miles is 100KM and I don’t know when I’ll ever be hitting this point again. Could be next month. Could be next year. Could be next lifetime. Who knows. All I know is that, today, I decided to accomplish something I’ve never done before. Why? Because, next time I want to accomplish something major when it comes to running, it has to be bigger than this. I’ve done a half-marathon. I’ve done a 100K month. What’s next? Either a full or 200K.

Now, let that translate to anything else in life. If you set a goal and you’re close to another goal, go ahead. Knock both out if you can. And then set a more challenging one next time around. You were given ability not so you could keep it to yourself but so that you could make some amazing waves on this third rock from the sun.

We’re 62 days until 2019. Don’t make excuses. Figure out how you can accomplish your goals.

 

Make smashing major goals a priority.

Understanding Yourself

You’ll never truly understand yourself. Even at your most aware, you will wonder why you do the things you do, knowing that they make little sense. Either you take too many risks or too few. You may love too hard or not enough. You could be too defensive or waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too trusting. Whatever it is, none of us calculate everything perfectly and, at those moments when we try to, we are way too calculated (or, more simply put, weird) in a chill environment.

Life is short and logic is flawed. Every day, work to make the best decisions that you can but don’t beat yourself up when your best seems to fall short. Just make sure you’re not making the worst decisions possible repeatedly. It is at that point which you have a problem.

 

Make making better decisions a priority.

You Could’ve Done Better

Everyone makes mistakes. This post was not inspired by typographical errors or even poor sentence structure. It was written in response to the limited understanding of the English language that I see too frequently. Something sounding a certain way doesn’t mean that is how it is written. We aren’t supposed to record our thoughts on paper/screen in the accent with which we speak.

I’m not placing the blame on anyone. Parents, teachers, and students all share the weight of this. But, what I am doing is saying that, as an adult, you have to think more critically when you communicate. After seeing “would of” in one of my more educated group chats, I had to stop and think about the fact that we are not thinking about what we’re writing. While he “would have” done something differently, the failure to properly conjunct this makes me wonder where else he’s incorrectly written this or other comparable things.

Teachers, stop failing our kids. Parents, stop failing your children. And adults, stop failing yourselves by not thinking critically about this very particular language’s ins and outs. Use the tools (i.e. the internet and library) that are at your disposal. If you don’t, you’ll look crazy in a chatroom of young professionals who may or may not be in a position to recommend you one day. The choice is yours.

Brief sociopolitical statement: Maybe, instead of focusing on all the other things going on in the world that are tearing us apart, we should focus on improving the American educational system. We’re mad at immigrants who come to the United States and speak broken English but ours is not without regular flaws. As a matter of fact, having been to the United Kingdom twice in the past three years, I can say that our brand of English is far from the standard. But, I digress. Just start learning the basics like the difference between “a woman” and “those women.” Seemingly small things like that will take you far in life.

 

Make communicating intentionally a priority.

 

Here’s To Adulting

Life will tie you down. It will force you to think that you need structure and stability but for how many of mankind’s thousands of years here, have they had both at once? Maybe 5% of the time. There is nothing wrong with being a nomad or a gatherer or a person who figures it out as (s)he goes. We were meant to work with a tribe to accomplish things but what we weren’t meant for is to be tethered to capitalism.
It seems that, the more advanced we become, the more freedoms we lose because we chain ourselves to things instead of experiences.
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Make finding a balance a priority.