On Children And The Future

I love my family. I never had everything growing up, but I always had what I needed. I knew I was loved–I still do. When I got married, I was fortunate to gain an entirely new set of family members who love me. As a youth and young adult, I wanted to carry over this feeling to my children. I wanted to be the person who taught them all the fun things I know and carry on my family name, but a lot has changed since then. Continue reading

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Walking The Path Of The Beam

I didn’t read much as a child. I enjoyed creating stories and wanted to write my own novels since I was in elementary school, but reading was never my thing. That sounds counterintuitive now, but it wasn’t always so. I remember the first book I ever completely finished and the multitude I skimmed for class, but it wasn’t until I read The Gunslinger by Stephen King that my love for books blossomed. Continue reading

Unworthy of Happiness

I am not sure exactly when this happened, but somewhere along the line I put a governor on how I experience happiness. It was a gradual process, something as subtle as the sun setting on a long summer day. How did I not see this happening? Why am I standing alone in the dark? Continue reading

Hero or Villain? Oasis: The Sifter Saga III

The myth behind the hero is an individual who stands up for the weak and sets right what is wrong. The myth behind the villain is an individual who embodies evil and seeks to destroy the world. As a culture the lines between heroes and villains have blurred over the years. People enjoy more flawed heroes and villains they can relate with. In essence, our fictitious worlds has become more realistic the longer we create. Continue reading

Love Is A Battlefield

As we age, we are exposed to varying degrees of love through friends, family and partners. Sometimes love takes you higher, making your life more valuable than it has ever been. Sometimes love can destroy you, creating a feeling of infinite sadness you may never recover from. I have read tales of love and the lengths to which people go to find it, but it wasn’t until I fully committed to someone that I learned how complicated love can be. Continue reading

Don’t Should On Yourself!

How often do you play the “should of, could of, would of” game? I should have done this instead of that. If I could do it over I would have made a different choice. It’s easy to get sucked into a world that would have been different if, but ultimately this type of thinking isn’t doing you any favors.  Continue reading

Do We Lose Meaning As Adults?

American culture is obsessed with youth. You can see it in our advertising, movies and social interactions. The ideal time of your  life being when you had ample friends, a speedy metabolism and little responsibility other than for yourself. Youth is fondly remembered as a time when you were optimistic and hopeful. Your future held so many possibilities and your adolescent mind assumed you’d live all of them.  Continue reading