One can only succeed with the tools that one has. Imagining what one can have only provides the goal, not the result.
I simply don’t fit in most crowds.
I was raised in a Pentecostal family. I was taught how to speak in tongues and pray in the spirit and I actually led a little boy in the sinner’s prayer one time. (1st “More on that later.”) My family was actually pretty awesome most of the time. My dad was the most stalwart and loyal individual I ever met. I’m pretty sure I get my stubbornness from him. 😇 And he also taught me to never give up which is also why I don’t quit unless I am forced to do so.
Then my family went on a missions trip to the Philippines which was epic! We went to help local churches have more exciting music and I did a bunch of volunteer work along the way as well. (2nd More on that later.)
Then I went to eighth grade and high school at Lexington Academy in Farmers Branch, Texas. During that time I also went on two missions trips to help out communities who didn’t get everything that most people get in large cities. (3rd More on that later.)
Then I went to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I helped out with local community outreach programs during my time there. (4th More on that later.) And it was in this time that I started learning about other viewpoints about life. This was the beginning of my shedding the old skin of religion.
Then I joined the Navy after 9/11 and did eight years, six months, and twenty-eight days of service, with four years, eleven months, and eighteen days of sea time. When our ship needed a search and rescue swimmer, I volunteered so I could help save lives. (5th More on that later.)
Then came back to Dallas to finish my music degree because that’s something I promised my dad I would do but he died of leukemia. (6th More on that later.)
Then I found my now ex-wife in the last semester of my college career and we fell in love. Then we got married. Then we made a baby. While she was recovering from giving birth, I changed my work schedule so that she wouldn’t lose any students because I’m kind of a big deal and can also teach piano lessons. (7th More on that later.)
Then I was a dad! (8th More on that later.)
Then I started audio engineering school at MediaTech Institute and did that for a year and a half. (9th More on that later.) I want to create teaching programs for those communities that don’t get access to other types of music education, and that’s something that every culture in the world can have, and I want to learn from them so that this community called Earth can exchange ideas and inspirations for future generations of our species.
Then I got my first corporate gig at EY. In my second year I was promoted but I never got to enjoy the fruits of my labor because the doctors found a golf ball sized tumor in my brain. When they were doing a biopsy on the mass they nicked a blood vessel causing a brain bleed which caused me to stroke out. (10th More on that later.)
Then my ex-wife divorced me because she thought I was going to die so she sued me and tried to get full custody of our daughter. (11th More on that later.)
Then I did six weeks of Proton Therapy at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and then six months of chemotherapy which caused all of my hair to fall out. (Which is actually kind of funny because I’ve been shaving my head since my junior year of college.) (12th More on that later.)
Then I learned how to drive again so I could be able to pick up my daughter from school since I always wanted to have a kid that I could pick up from school. (13th More on that later.)
Then I started volunteering with Team Rubicon and have done two deployments with them on Operation Amberjack after a hurricane destroyed that part of Florida. (14th More on that later.)
And now I am studying to become an EMT so that I can help people who need immediate medical assistance.
Anyone else catching a theme here? 🤔
And all of this experience just shows me that I have so much more to learn but it’s difficult to relate with others who are more concerned with the latest trend or gossip or reality TV or etc… there is life to be lived and everyone else on the planet doesn’t realize it. Quite frustrating. And that’s why…
I don’t fit.
This is the Andromeda galaxy. It’s on a collusion course with our galaxy, moving at 190 miles per second. It’s going to crash into our galaxy in about 4 billion years. 3 billion years after that, if our solar system is still around, our sun is going to become a red dwarf, increase in size and cause the Earth’s oceans to boil and all life to end. So that means we have roughly 2.5 billion years (so there’s enough time to escape the gravitational pull of Andromeda) to stop asking others to work and think for us, stop fighting with each other over stupid things like which god is the right one, stop killing each other when we disagree about that, stop supporting governments that write laws giving welfare to corporations that keep a good portion of the world from having potable water, education, and basic health care, stop supporting politicians that use religion to push their agendas which keep the poor poor and the rest from ever bettering themselves, start educating ourselves about science and technology and bettering our lives with respect for each other and other’s property, support the efforts of scientists to figure out how to achieve interstellar travel, and then figure out how to get all of us off this planet so we can get to the next galaxy so our species can continue.
So basically, ignore everything you hear on the “news”, and the news shows tomorrow and the next day, and think for yourself. You’re smart enough to do so.
It’s taken me four years, but I just realized why I don’t like Donald Trump: listening to him talk is like watching participants at a Jerry Springer taping then recording it to watch it again at a later date hoping that something different happens but nothing ever changes.
I wish people would stop calling sides. It’s not a professional sporting event where you only have either offense or defense depending on who is carrying the ball. I still want to stop the splaying of political party every time a government representative is seen on TV. There’s a great comedy bit from Brian Regan about never knowing whose team you are cheering for unless you have to continually look up at the scoreboard just to make sure. It is such a good bit that is soooo telling about political parties. If you are that stupid then you shouldn’t be voting.
A. Excellent job, Dallas Morning News, of playing the race card. It doesn’t matter the race of a student, our US Constitution applies to every citizen unless said citizen decides to break a law that keeps them from having that right anymore. Stop being a tabloid newspaper, if you’re able. But by looks of things, the amount of advertisements that you have to place on your website, I guess it’s understandable. Good day.
B. Dear Ken, pull your head out. US law trumps Texas law every time until the former is amended. This is probably why you’re not actually the governor. Thankfully. I actually wrote a letter to the Texas governor about this issue as well as the fact that the Texas constitution requires everyone to have a faith. (I guess we atheists have no rights. But that’s for another day.) Moving on.
I remember in high school we had a foreign exchange student from England. On our first day of school this student politely stood and did not interrupt our morning ritual and the rest of us did our thing. This included the pledge of allegiance, the pledge to the christian flag, the pledge to the bible, and the morning prayer. And I was the student body chaplain. (Hehe…those were the days.) This was not acceptable for our US government teacher who lambasted the student in front of the entire class and had all of us sit down until he took her to the headmaster’s office. (Yes, we actually had a headmaster…and our mascot was the Patriot…at a school called Lexington Academy. Imagine the horror for this student from England! I bet she was calling us “colonists” the entire year behind our backs. Legitimately.) Anyway…Eventually, it was reasoned out that since she was not a US Citizen, she would not have to actually recite the POA out loud, but would still have to stand politely out of respect. Which she was doing anyway. (Patriarchy!)
Now, at face value this looks like a cut and dry case of a State AG forcing his beliefs on others, which it actually is. But now that the idea has been broached by a meddling newspaper, this has the potential of bringing Federal attention. And that can be a bigger issue. Bad Dallas Morning News, bad.