Notes Before 31

I begin my thirty-first trip around the sun in seven days. Trip being the key word. Life is indeed – if you open to it – it’s a great trip. Fantastic, magical. Never thought I would grow into something different than I was at twenty-two. I was so naive back then. But that’s how naiveteContinue reading “Notes Before 31”

Facing Life Honestly in The Winter of My Discontent

I don’t wish to make this long (As I would like to return to bed); however, some things must be said or, rather, in my case, written; for without writing I’m just thinking, and I need more than thoughts right now. I need patience. I need time. I need change. Thankfully – unlike the latterContinue reading “Facing Life Honestly in The Winter of My Discontent”

A Sunk Cost: Letting Bygones be Bygones

Before I commence the purpose for which I have set to write upon tonight, I wish to offer a caveat; you see, I was recently told by a dear acquaintance that my writing was good,’…although I sometimes rambled.’ And while I call myself a writer, it is not under the banner of my blog thatContinue reading “A Sunk Cost: Letting Bygones be Bygones”

Weighing My Conscience

It is nice to be writing tonight; lately, I’ve been writing more out of compulsion and less out of habit, thus it’s felt more the product of requirement rather than inspirement, which to me is a constant. I am always the writer. This is who I am. I am first and foremost Lawrence Black theContinue reading “Weighing My Conscience”

Moving up The Layer Cake, Climbing Mountains, and Starting a Junto

Emerson once wrote: “A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” What he meant was that, life is a layer cake son. There’s levels to this shit.  As one of my mentors taught me, a man is the average of his five closest friends.  No offense to some of the friendsContinue reading “Moving up The Layer Cake, Climbing Mountains, and Starting a Junto”

Examining Motivation and Reflecting on Why We Do The Things We Do

I once heard someone say that, “Most people don’t even know why they do the things they do.” This concept struck a chord with me, and I incorporated the idea into an entry I wrote early last year on motivation, titled: A More Fluid Look at Life and Going Beyond Maslow’s Hierarchy, saying:  The truthContinue reading “Examining Motivation and Reflecting on Why We Do The Things We Do”

Acknowledging the Gorge: Accepting and Embracing MY Reality

I don’t typically write in the mornings; however, today is anything but typical, for my life is no longer typical; I have evolved, and I am growing, I am changing, and life has become something other than I thought it was, so I am writing this to declare something: I am accepting that I live inContinue reading “Acknowledging the Gorge: Accepting and Embracing MY Reality”

On Consciously Becoming

Goals, but as a means to what end? Happiness. For I know no other that lasts; all other ends that we may pursue: sex, pride, gratification, self-satisfaction, approval, status, image, respect – these are mere vanities. Vanities chiefly fed by insecurity, which leads to that slow, creeping death of the soul we call conformity. NoContinue reading “On Consciously Becoming”

Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence

I’ve previously featured their father, Will, as one of my real life inspirations; so it’s no surprise to begin this entry tonight by writing about his two terrifically well-adjusted children, Willow and Jaden, whom I think are awesome. In a word, they are that rare thing among people – individuals – those fine persons capable of thinking and actingContinue reading “Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence”

Finding Excalibur: My Journey to Knowing Confidence in Myself and My Path

I have been following the muse in my sense of destiny and in my path of learning and self-discovery, awareness. Yes, I have clear goals – clearer than ever – and yet, as of late, I have chosen instead to follow the muse rather than my goals; for my intuition is strong – stronger than it’sContinue reading “Finding Excalibur: My Journey to Knowing Confidence in Myself and My Path”

School is Out: Quit Drinking the Kool-Aid and Live Your Truth, Your Story

I wrote something once, about how at a certain point in life, you have to put aside your identity as a student of life, so that you can lead your own [1]. And this, like many of the truths the muse has whispered to me, I have forgotten time and time again. Thankfully I wroteContinue reading “School is Out: Quit Drinking the Kool-Aid and Live Your Truth, Your Story”

A Minor Breakup Poem, Magical Optimism, and The Toxicity of Self-Pity

Thought she was my priestess, But she was a chimera Her head in my lap, Eyes on fire, Masking the truth behind black mascara and desire Looking up to me always, Only to let me down again And in our tempests, I tried my best to swim But joy perished, And I returned to theContinue reading “A Minor Breakup Poem, Magical Optimism, and The Toxicity of Self-Pity”