My Philosophy

I believe that life is an adventure, made to enjoy but not to squander. Every day should be precious and relished, but people must hold themselves accountable for their actions and should make wise decisions. This is not to say that one should live their life for the future. Living for the present entirely leads to a wasted life but extreme fretting of the future results in a dull, unfulfilled existence. Nothing past the present is guaranteed. One should find a balance of their focus (present and future) to experience the best that life can offer.






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Seems like there's no time at all.
If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality
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Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive;
enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have,
It is later than you think.
Live life to the fullest.
The future - it comes soon enough.










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But the future influences the present just as much as the past.
And those who look only to the present are certain to miss the future.
And then one day you find,
Ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run,
You missed the starting gun.
And when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave a hoary corpse , followed by Faith, an aged woman, and children and grandchildren, a goodly procession,
Besides neighbors not a few, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom.












sun2.jpgAnd while I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past,
It's no real pleasure in life
to waste living for the future.
All through life it had separated him from cheerful brotherhood and woman's love, and kept him in that saddest of all prisons, his own heart;
And still it lay upon his face, as if to deepen the gloom of his darksome chamber, and shade him from the sunshine,
an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium,
the darkest hours of my career.












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On Earth there is talk of free will.
So do not dwell in the past, concentrate the mind on the present moment,
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom always to tell the difference.
For among the things that could not change were the past...












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We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right.
Live your life with--no apologies, no regrets,
Full of life.
As well as learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.














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So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death.



















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Second Semester Wiki

I am America emulation

I, too, am a child
I am the teenager
Sent to my room to calm down.
When conflicts stirs
but I comply,
and contemplate
and learn

Tomorrow
I'll be in my room
when conflict stirs
My peers can't question
this
particular innocence
then

Besides
they know
I'm a teen







Essay of Place

Cemented in Mind
Zero wins in as many attempts as I can fathom. Bumps and bruises spawned from the installation of the "no-blood, no-foul" rules and their exercise. A battlefield before a house holds a fight for the ages, as it felt. I had thrown my punches, my father, his, rendering the score 19-up in a game to 21. I do not remember how I won, but the winners write the textbooks, so does it really matter? If I had to say, I dunked the ball from the free-throw line for the game-winning bucket or made a fade-away three. The longer I think, the more I embellish. A definite whiff of victory fills my lungs as I breathe in "win number 1." Choosing the driveway of my Highlands Ranch hideout may seem odd and plain but I like to think I know better than to under-appreciate. Boring? Probably. Colorful? Only in select phrases. Significant for my psyche and life? Regrettably yes.
In a game to 21, most of all that matters is if I can stand after the game. No worries. Mind, liberated from material stresses. To misplace my petty commentaries on everything I am not and just listen. Still, the war that ensues on the no-man's land where cars sleep is not for nothing. A fight for pride. All my life, I have fought to be recognized in a culture of "money-speaks-louder-than-actions-which-speak-louder-than-words." As a teen, at his best bragging not acting, and certainly not paying, I stumble in the material marathon. Losing all those basketball games has hammered a message into my arrogant, gilded psyche. Working can (on occasion) lead to a positive outcome. The driveway is filled with periodic phrases flying through the thin air: obscenities altered halfway at the sight of my kid brother outside to warn me that dinner had been ready 10 minutes ago, its tasty aroma engulfing us. The driveway is not a tranquil resort in a humid tropic. Quite the contrary: a chaotic slab of concrete in an arid, yet scenic state.
Dirt and paint from the time we forgot to check our shoes map the “slab” with memories. Yet my family has never had problems with the worn driveway. We run over it, without a second thought, never admiring used stability. Much is the same for my faith and family, me included. Disrespected, yet unmistakably secure. Falling (or being tripped) is followed by that moment with the realization of inevitable pain that lasts only until the concrete grips the body with a regrettable, yet anticipated sting. But the game continues and we resume. I have taken struggles, worked, and remained centered in God and family. A simple, worn sheet of cement has discerned a lesson cloaked in life of memories for me. My life’s struggles have merit. Win number 1 was worth the losses.





Emily Dickinson emulation

There’s a definite serenity of
Breeze,
Autumn afternoons
That looms, like a fog
Of hypnotic days-

Unexpectedly Timed, it transfixes us-
I can find no fury,
But forgotten conflict,
Where fruitless arguments, are-

Some disturb the peace-few-
‘tis the Fool’s Errand-
a quick refute
sent us back to admiration-

when materialism resumes, the earth
spins-
minds-have new perspective-
when stillness is set aside, ‘tis like the
knowledge
reserved for the after life-








The Lost Generation emulation


The lost generation
I realize this will perturb but
The lost generation
I realize this will perturb but
"All life is life"
Is an excuse
“Who cares, it’s my choice”
So in 20 years I’ll tell my kids,
“You’re lucky it wasn’t you”
My employer at the hospital will be told that
I know how to deal will my conscience and so
Money
Trumps
Life
I know
Back in the day
Abortion was murder
But this will not be true in my generation
This is 100% Darwin’s country
The people claim
In 30 years it won’t bother me
I don’t see how
I could do anything
In the future America
Abortion will be the norm
No longer can we pledge
One nation under God
And this is our generation unless we grow some brains and revise and analyze what could become.
One nation under God
No longer can we pledge
Abortion will be the norm
In the future America
I could do anything
I don’t see how
In 30 years it won’t bother me
The people claim
This is 100% Darwin’s country
But this will not be true in my generation
Abortion was murder
I know
Life
Trumps
Money
I know how to deal will my conscience and so
My employer at the hospital will be told
“You’re lucky it wasn’t you”
So in 20 years I’ll tell my kids,
“Who cares, it’s my choice”
Is an excuse
All life is life.