Let’s get caught up…

Well since it’s been a few days, let me bring you up to speed.

My last post was almost a week ago and a couple of awesome things have happened. Let’s start with someone that is not me. This past Friday, while I was with part of my future family in-law in Arizona, my best friend from college proposed to his girlfriend. I could not be happier for both of them. They compliment each other so well and are truly a perfect fit for one another. With the holidays upon us and many of my friends married, weddings in the near future, or newly engaged, every decision seems to be that much more important. Life is moving by fast and we are all growing up quicker than I had anticipated.

In no way is that a bad thing. I think all of us would love for the work weeks to go by a little faster and the weekends to slow way down. But is it that terrible for our time off to fly by? Shouldn’t that make us want to make the most of the moments that we have together not worrying about work or deadlines or big deals pending? If time is so precious and moves so quickly why do we bourdon ourselves with things that we cannot control? Why worry about the inevitable arrival of the work week? Instead I am proposing a new attitude, deal with it.

Work is something we have to do. If you want to play hard you have to work hard, right? Then take that attitude to heart. Don’t let your responsibilities weigh you down. It will all pay off in the long run.

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“There is no do…

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of humans, are created, strengthened and maintained.” – Winston Churchill

As the wifi was cutting in and out on the train, I had a brief conversation with my mom. Nothing too crazy, just a regular, “Hey, how’s it going?” After I hung up my phone, I was overcome with love. And with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, what a perfect time to express what I am thankful for! 

Where do I even begin? I am so incredibly thankful for my family. There, easy enough. Oh yeah, why am I thankful for them? Well to start, for as long as I can remember they were there. Didn’t matter about there schedule or what they had going on, we made time for each other. I think that is incredibly important. Support and shared experiences are invaluable. To be able to look to the sidelines at one of my various sporting events and be able to pick out my mom and dad, and sometimes my siblings, was one of the best feelings I have ever had. Family is such a simple concept yet so hard at times. Unconditional love was always present in our house. It didn’t matter if you got kicked out of high school your freshman year and had to switch schools half way through (sorry mom), there was still unconditional love. Children, teenagers especially, tend to overlook that all of the things that our parents have and do do for us are our of complete love. They offer us protection from making terrible mistakes that could scare the rest of our young lives. They offer us support in our endeavors despite how loud or messy or obnoxious they could be.  I feel eternally grateful and forever in debt for the things that my parents did for me, for the things they sacrificed for me, the things they had postponed because of me. 

But it’s not just my parents that I give thanks for. My siblings have always been there for me and I consider myself lucky for that. I have learned numerous life lessons from each of them and would not trade them for anything. 

I have countless things to be thankful for. I am tremendously thankful for my girlfriend. She has become my best friend and confidant. She has made me such a better person and challenges me to be better than the day before. In her eyes, there is nothing I can not accomplish. She has taught me to laugh harder, live faster, and love deeper. There are no words to express my love and gratitude for her. 

I am lucky, I am blessed, I am loved. It is such a good feeling to know that. What have I done to be so lucky? I personally think that I was blessed this much to help preserve family virtues. To help perpetuate a loving household and family dynamic. One thing that I am more excited about than anything else, is to start my own family and to know the love a parent has for their children. To feel so compelled and overwhelmed with love for my family that I would give up anything just to see them happy, just to see them prosper, just to see them smile. 

This is a time for thanks, this is a time for remembrance, a time for family. Take a moment, tell your family how much you truly love them, how much they mean to you. Don’t waste a chance to say your thanks.

The next chapter…

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It has been one week. I have started the newest chapter of my life. I am now a San Diego resident. This is probably one of the most significant moments of my life. Sure I’ve lived away from home, I’ve been away from family and friends, but nothing like this. I didn’t do the whole, “quit my job and pick up and leave”. I had a little bit different situation than that. Back in February of this year I made the decision that I wanted to move to San Diego, and I made that decision because of a girl. Don’t worry, we are still together and going strong. Moving down south proved to be a little bit more challenging and a little more time consuming than I initially thought it would be. Not the moving part, but the getting down there part. I said I made the decision back in February, it is now November and I am only one week into my move. It took around nine months to bring this dream to fruition. I told myself at the very beginning that I would not move down there without a job first. Easier said than done. Finding a job in a city that you do not currently live in or near proves to be quite the challenge. So after months of job hunting and resume posting I finally asked my current employer if there was any chance of a position in the area, and to my surprise they were willing to accommodate. Here I am, over a month into training for my new sales position, living in a new city, and enjoying every minute of it.

That’s my background. That’s who I am at this moment.

Complacency is a funny thing. It helps us feel secure, it brings a sense of pride, it allows us to become comfortable. With the pros always come cons. Becoming to complacent is never a good thing. Complacency can bring boredom, dullness, and regret. As humans we were put on this earth to enjoy life, to enjoy something that was created for us to honor and cherish. Basically what I’m trying to say, is go for it. Leap. Leap far. Take a chance and for once in your life, truly feel alive. Make a mistake, but make it with everything you have. The greatest thing that will happen is you will come away with a new vigor for life and more importantly you will walk away with a new experience. Who knows where I would be right now if I didn’t take a chance on something that I know is bigger than myself. I am the biggest culprit of complacency, but with the support of a loving woman and a new found faith that God has a wonderful plan for me, I’m leaping, far.

Take a chance, make a mistake, leap far.

“There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn.”        – Gordon B. Hinckley