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Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

As of now I’m sure you have all heard of the tragedy that occurred in Newton, Connecticut this morning.

As I scrolled through my news feed on Facebook all day I saw an outpouring of prayers and sympathy for this heinous disgusting, and down right unbearable act.

I also saw a hand full of people who chose to instead preach their politics, preach whether gun control is necessary or not.

It irks me beyond belief that we as humans, not even Americans, humans can not put our personal agendas aside and grieve collectively for the taking of 20 innocent children’s lives.

I pray that those little Angels are accepted graciously in heaven, and that they look over their loved one’s as they attempt to move forward.

Parents are not supposed to bury their children.

Far too many have been forced to plan their sweet children’s funerals, and it isn’t fair.

As with every other tragic shooting in this country, our media once again have dollar signs in their eyes.

This horrible incident, like Columbine, and Virginia Tech, will be plastered on every news outlet, with so-called “experts” weighing on reasons, inspirations and assumptions they will never know for certain.

This sick twisted monster, who committed these brutal murders, is loving this attention.

He is looking up at our society, with a sadistic smile on his face, because he gets his 15 minutes of fame

This American culture sickens me sometimes. We chase money, even at the cost of innocent lives.

Ratings rule over humanity.

Some other sick fuck, might be sitting at home, feeling neglected or searching for extra attention, and he may take it upon himself to follow in the footsteps of America’s new villain.

Because just as they say in advertisement. Bad publicity is still publicity.

Another possibility is that this man was mentally ill. I mean, obviously something was wrong upstairs for him to carry this out. But what if he truly needed help?

What if he tried to get counseling, or even medication to repress those twisted thoughts? Like a friend of mine stated in her status, Mental Health, is one of the most difficult things to get our beloved insurance companies to approve.

What if he made an honest effort to get the fix he needed, an was just brushed aside like so many others in our society that desperately need help.

Don't get me wrong, whether or not he needed help is meaningless, what he carried out was atrocious, and sickening, but perhaps this could have been avoided.

Perhaps those 20 little babies could have been given their chance to live. Their opportunity to reach for their dreams, to accomplish their goals.

To walk across the stage for their high school graduation, to look into the crowd and see tears of joy in their parents eyes, instead of the tears they see today. The desperate, heart wrenching, agonizing tears that are flowing from their parents eyes tonight.

Allow me to end this blog, with a request.

Leave your personal agenda behind.
Pray to God, Allah, Buddha, L. Ron Hubbard, or whoever else you pray to.

And ensure these children know that they will be missed, that they mattered. That their slaughtering served some purpose in this world.

And to those of you that have children.

Hug them extra tight tonight, kiss their foreheads one or two extra times and thank god that every single one of the hairs on their heads is safe tonight.

Life is short for the young and for the old alike.

Reach out to your loved ones, and to those with which you are holding grudges, because once they are gone, you’ll always wish you had said something, anything.

We are given a gift every single morning we are allowed to open our eyes, and take a deep breath.

Don't waste the time you are given, at the very least make sure the people you love, know you love them.

May all the victims of this tragic loss Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

R.I.P. Kevin James Caetano!

Six years ago today I got the phone call that shattered my heart. My cousin (more like a brother) Kevin had taken his final trip up to heaven. There aren't enough tears in the whole world that would do this loss justice. He was the bravest, most compassionately caring, teddy bear like person to ever cross through my life. He was strong beyond belief, and when he spoke, people listened. One to wear his emotions on his sleeves, you knew if he was happy, by the sound of his contagious laugh, if he was angry by the roar in his throat, or sad by the heart breaking shrill in his cry. On days like today, I close my eyes, and try to picture life if Kevin had stayed. Things would be very different. Life would be less bitter. Sometimes I still want to pick up the phone and call him, to hang out. Sometimes I look at his pictures just to smile to myself, about the thousand and thousands of stories and memories I have in my memory bank with him in it. July 17th will always be a sad day for me. I know that 70 years from now, when I'm old and gray (If I get there) I will still feel this void in my life, this loss, this indescribable pain that Kevin's departure left. Kevin, I talk to you every night before I go to sleep, it helps calm me down, and makes smile knowing you're up there listening, and watching. I love you, and I miss you more than I could ever explain. I hope you're looking down on us all, and that you realize just how much of a positive impact you had on all of our lives. And when it's my time to go, you better be waiting for me at the gate, with a shot of So-Co, and Budweiser! Love You Primo! Rest in Paradise!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Unanswerable Questions

Negativity is a hell of a phenomenon. When we allow this source of purely satanic richness (dramatic much) into our lives, we are doomed to over thinking, and feeling the harsh effects that it brings.

I like to think of myself as a pretty confident and positive person. I don't let stupid shit get me down, I am the kind of person to push forward and get over things. Hurdles (metaphorically of course, I couldn't jump over a hurdle if my life depended on it) are easily overcome in the life that I live.

But, every now and again, this shitty, out of the norm feeling of sadness and regret wash over my body and mind, and I can not seem to shake it.

I woke up today, feeling different… Well let me not get ahead of myself.

2012, has been a very bittersweet year for me. I have never felt healthier, more energetic, more accomplished in my whole 27 years of life. I feel like I have truly been on the right path as of late.

I got my gastric bypass surgery and since then, on a personal level, only good things have come my way.

Bitter, because while I feel the most amazing I’ve felt in years, some members of my family are having issues with their health. But I digress.

I have been feeling amazing, great friends, great family, meeting new people, started a great job that I truly feel proud and completely one thousand percent happy with.

I fell asleep last night, and I was happy.

I woke up this morning, and I feel like my life has flipped 180 degrees.

Have you ever felt sad for no apparent reason?
Ever felt like your living a mistake?
Like every “right” decision you’ve made in your life is wrong?
Like suddenly, you’re filled with a weight and burden of a thousand regrets?

No? Well congratulations, I envy you!

For those of us who have felt this: Where the hell does it come from?
Can anyone tell me? Does anyone know?

Ten minutes ago, I was contemplating exactly where and why this feeling rears its ugly fucking head every once in a while.

While I don't have an answer, I do have an inkling, or at the very least a hypothesis as to where and why.
Perhaps this is just a gut check. Perhaps we must feel this negative shitty, over-bearing, mind numbing, sickening feeling so that we could enjoy the happy ones.

Perhaps it comes just when our happiness is peaking, and therefore instead of a steady and slow agonizing decline, we just drop back down to Earth, and start our trek up hill again.

Perhaps, this is God’s little dry sarcastic humor. Perhaps he enjoys seeing us contemplate such thoughts, and come up with stupid idiotic answers to questions we’ll never truly know the right answers to.

And you know what, perhaps it is better that we don't know. Perhaps it’s better that we only get the chance to know what sadness feels like, so that we could thrive for happiness. Maybe, just maybe feeling this sadness, is our golden ticket to happiness. We might not get the happy-ever after the fat kid from Willy Wonk got, but we will possibly get our own version of the happy-ever-after.

Awww, doesn't that sound magical? Doesn't that just lift you all up into heights only felt by sheer pure moments of absolute bliss?

No? Yeah well, that kind of happiness is over-rated, and entirely too hard to duplicate. So be happy, with just being happy. And be happy, that you know the difference between happy and sad. Some people only experience sadness in their lives, so they don’t even know what they’re missing out on.


Why must we feel this unsettling sadness, this unexplained enigma? This shitty Mcshitterson feeling that consumes our mind.

***On a quick side note, shitty Mcshitterson, possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever said, or written in my whole life, it’s only staying in so my friends could make fun.***

Why can’t we just be happy? Why must we be burdened with the sadness bug every once in a while?

I have absolutely no answer for this. I have no clue why we can’t just be annoyingly happy all the fucking time. Especially when things are going well for us.

In retrospect, I have nothing to complain about.

I’m alive. I’m not starving (obviously), I’m surrounded by great family, and great friends.

Life thus far has been super kind to me.

So why do I feel this way?

I hate questions that are unanswerable.

So, if you’ve read this gigantic pile of sentences that have led to absolutely no conclusion, or answer. I’m sorry for wasting your time, but if you feel like you have an answer, or at the very least a hypothesis, share it with me. I’d love to hear different opinions.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'll be ME and you be YOU!

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers..... Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stuffing junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life..... But why would I want to do a thing like that?
-Ewan McGregor in the movie Trainspotting

When I read this quote, it just spoke to me. In this life, we really do have the power to CHOOSE, but how many of us truly use it?

Yeah we choose whether or not to go to sleep early, or wake up early. We choose what we have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sure!

But the choosing I am talking about is the choices that leave their mark on our lives.

So in the clip above Ewan McGregor chooses heroin over anything else, and yes that is a fucked up choice to say the least, but the message, in my opinion, is do what you want. Do what makes you happy.

We are only here for a blink of an eye, and in that blink of an eye, we worry far too much about insignificant things.

We worry about money.
We worry about who likes us and who doesn't.
We worry about what so-and-so thinks of us.
We worry about being rich.
We worry about being good people.
We worry about death.
We worry about our children.
We worry about our pets.
you get the point...WE FUCKING WORRY!

But for what? It is my belief that rough times, work themselves out in the end. With or Without our worrying.

Bad shit happens, so that we could appreciate the good.

Things fall apart, so that better things can fall together.

I have always tried to just be me. Nothing more and nothing less. I don't pretend to be something or someone I'm not, because any person who falls for that kind of bullshit doesn't belong in my life anyways.

Luckily, I have great friends and great family surrounding me. They love me for who I am. I don't have to try extra hard to impress them.

To those of you, who aren't quite as fortunate as I am, just be yourselves, and those people who matter, the ones who truly love you and accept you for who you are will come out of the wood work. I promise you!

And the ones who never belonged there in the first place, will disappear leaving behind no trace of ever existing in your world. That disappearance, is a wonderful thing.

It is a remarkable feeling to look around you, and know that every single person in your life belongs there. Every single person gives more than two shits about how your feeling, and how your living. Because they know that you would, too, go to the end of the Earth to help them when trouble arises.

So to end this rather Emo post, I want to thank my whole family, and each and everyone of my friends for always being there, for caring, for loving me unconditionally, and for allowing me to always just be me!

To those still on the fence, trying super hard to fit in. Just One Time be Courageous Enough to just BE YOU!

You will be Liberated, You will feel better than you have your whole life.

Or don't, the CHOICE really is yours.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Kevin James Brasil Caetano

"I think about how much I miss him, and start to feel sorry for myself.....but then I think about all the people who never got the chance to meet him, and I start to feel sorry for them."

I don’t know who wrote this quote, but I do know the meaning that it conveys. This time of the year always seems colder to me, always feels empty. I drag my feet around, my shoulders slumped, my eyes always watery, and I wish I could just see your face, and hear your voice one more time. I wish I could just stand next to you on stage, and hear you scream that you Love our band one more time. That I could just pick up the phone to call you and hang out.

My heart is heavy, and we all know why, we feel that familiar burn when we cry.

The days will always be brighter
Because you existed
The nights always darker
Because you’re gone

Time only heals the wounds we allow it to heal. Some sorrows only fade when our hearts stop beating. This sorrow that is illuminated on days like today, will only heal the day I depart from this world, and enter the heavenly gates.

The pain doesn’t get easier it doesn’t go away. Perhaps we only get used to it, perhaps the pain is so numbing that we simply must adapt to a life that is a little bitter. Our heart is still broken, and although sometimes it feels like we have better days, the truth is our heart will never fit together the way it did before.

Kevin James Brasil Caetano would be 28 years young today. I have no doubt in my mind that we would have celebrated together. All of us, sharing laughter, creating new memories, and reminiscing over old ones.

Today as a family, not just blood, but also the many friends we all hold near and dear as family, will celebrate in your honor. We will laugh, tell stories, and quietly and collectively shed a few tears. We will never forget the impact your 22 years of life, left on our world. Six years later, I still miss you more than a million words on a million pages could describe. I still look at the picture on my wall, and remember you every single morning.

Rest in Peace Brother! Have a Happy Happy Birthday up there in heaven surrounded by your grandparents, Tia Luzia, Tio Trajano, my Avó velhinha, Jeffrey, and all the other people this world has lost.

Ill end this blog with an Eskimo Proverb that I believe rings very true.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Ill be looking up to the stars tonight Kevin, hoping they shine brighter than ever!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Key to Life

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
~ John Lennon

A friend of mine shared this quote with me, and it has been bouncing around in my head ever since.

John Lennon had a way of delivering messages about life and the world that resonated well with people. When he spoke, his passion, and belief in what he was saying, pierced through the hardest of shells and straight into the heart. He was an idealistic human being, who refused to live in reality. I can not fault him for that, look around, reality is a shitty place to live in.

This quote, is golden!

The key to life truly is happiness. So many of us worry endlessly about being normal, or having great careers, or being filthy rich. But ultimately the only true possession we need is to just be happy.

Life is far too short to worry endlessly about insignificant things. Money, by the way, is a very insignificant thing to worry about. Sure, we need money to survive, we need it to buy food, and clothes, and shelter. But being rich, doesn't equal having a great life. If you're a miserable person, all the money in the world will not make you happy. Will not cure your misery. Will not bring you up from the trenches.

We have to be content with the things we do have. We have to appreciate them. I'm not saying don't have aspirations and dreams. Because those are vital tools to life as well. I'm saying while having those big aspirations, and monster dreams, take time to also appreciate everything you do have.

Look around. There are lots of people who have nothing, and are happy as clams.

The same friend who told me about this quote also told me a story about her visit to Cuba.

She said, As poor as those people are in Cuba, and trust me they are dirt poor, and have nothing. They still danced in the streets, and were happy.

You don't see that here in America. You don't see people delighted to just be able to take a breath every morning. You don't see people truly appreciate the precious thing we call life.

Instead they complain about having to wake up early, complain about their jobs, complain about not having ENOUGH money. Complain about traffic, and the weather.

Never once do you hear them say, I'm alive, I have my family, my friends, my health.

Let's be HAPPY America. Let's be grateful for what we DO have, and aspire and dream for the things we don't. Instead of embellishing our feeling of entitlement.We are not entitled to anything in this life. Our next breath could be our last.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Disney's Life Lessons

Today I am taking 10 of my favorite Disney Movie quotes and elaborating on how it explains life.

1.The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.
-The Lion King

This first quote appeared in the modern classic Disney Movie The Lion King. To me the meaning of this quote rings true for life because if we don't learn from our mistakes and misfortunes then we are doomed to repeat them. We can not just sweep everything under the rug and flood ourselves with distractions. We must face our adversity head on, and the end result, when the dust settles we will be that much stronger for doing so.

2.Take it from an old spectator. Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya.
-The Hunchback of Notre Dame

This quote comes from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This quote screams to take life by the throat. It screams to go out and live your life, and don't just sit on the sidelines and watch others accomplish great things, and reach for their dreams. Get your ass up, and in gear and do something with the big dreams that are stored in your brain. Life was meant to be lived. How many of us truly live though?

3."HAKUNA MATATA" means no worries - The Lion King

Ahhh!!!! Timon and Pumba are two of the most lovable characters in Disney history. They do not let me down with these few words. Life is far too short and too precious to worry all the time. No matter what the circumstances, or situation, we must all learn to truly embrace Hakuna Matata! Life would be more harmonious with a less worrying.

4.You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew." - Pocahontas

Pocahontas tackles the tough issue of inequality. It preaches acceptance, and this world could definitely use a WHOLE LOTTA ACCEPTANCE! At the end of the day people are people, yellow, red, blue, black, white, polka-dot it doesnt matter. People are people, and we should accept everyone equally based on color, race, sexual preference, etc. etc. Acceptance is key when it comes to peaceful living.

5.Reach for the sky! - Woody (Toy Story)

In true Walt Disney fashion, Woody from Toy Story's trademark quote "Reach for the sky," truly personifies the dream big and go for it motto. What better message could be displayed to our children other than reach for the sky, and maybe one day you'll be able to touch the sun. (Be careful though, that mother fucker is hot!) Ultimately, we need to encourage our children and adults alike to reach for the sky, and risk failing to accomplish our biggest and brashest dreams.

6.A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face.

Pinnocchio is the Disney poster boy for anti-lies. This quote is simple and to the point. If you lie, eventually it will catch up to you, and everyone will see you for the liar you are. Nobody likes a liar, trust is a major factor when we connect to people as friends or as romantic partners. So just keep it real, and keep it honest!

7."This much I knew. If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff. - Remy"
Movie: Ratatouille

Being a fat kid, I love this Ratatouille quote. This quote is saying, go for the best in life, and know that you DESERVE the best in life. Our lives are short, and we must enjoy it while we can. We must know that if we don't push for what we deserve, if we don't absolutely know, 100% that we deserve the best, then we will be doomed to a life of mediocrity. We all see Bitter Old People everyday, do you really want to end up like that? Or do you want to look back on your life, and know you ate the best food, drank the best beverages, and most importantly, LIVED THE BEST LIFE!

8."Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten." - Lilo, from Lilo and Stitch
Lilo and Stitch took on Family. A very big statement to make too. Family is everything. Our family will always be there, always love us, always help us up when we've been knocked down. Family members are the first friends we have, and the ones that truly last a life time. Don't turn your back on them, don't forget them. In this country we have a tendency to shove our parents into old folks homes when they are at the end of their lives. Let's change that tradition, and take care of them like they did us. Let's send them off with luxuries, and good living that they gave us growing up.

9.Mufasa: Simba, let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past are up there, watching over us.

This one holds very true. When live is not going the way we want it to. We could always look to God and Jesus for guidance. If we're really lucky, we could also turn to family and friends who have passed on into eternity for guidance. I have my guardian angels up in Heaven looking over me, and I thank them and God everyday for another successful day on this Earth. Spirituality is more than religion. Spirituality is knowing that there are angels up there ensuring our safety.

10.I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.
Walt Disney

This is a direct quote from Mr. Walt Disney himself. And it is yet another equality statement. We are all equal, we are all humans. We have beating hearts, blood flowing through our veins, we cry, smile, laugh,and yell. We bleed, our bones break, and they heal. We are all brothers and sisters in God's eyes, and we should treat each other with the respect and love that we expect them to treat us with.

So this was my ten quotes from Disney Movies that explain life. There are hundreds of other quotes that detail the same. IF you know of any others that I didnt use, hit me with it and elaborate on what you think it preaches.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Our world in itself is already a pretty brutal place to live in. Everyday there's kidnappings, and gang violence, and deaths.

The world ends for thousands of people everyday, as they pass away. Some pass on from disease, others illnesses, and others from old age.

The saddest though is when people are taken from us way too early.

Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old kid who was murdered in Florida as he was walking home from a convenience store.

George Zimmerman, a man who appointed himself "neighborhood watch leader" shot Martin in the chest, but still has not been charged for murder.

How can this monster be allowed to walk freely after he stalked, confronted, and killed an innocent 17 year old boy?

His reasoning for brutally killing this child?

He looked suspicious. Trayvon, a black kid, was wearing a hoodie, and talking on the phone with his girlfriend as he walked home after purchasing candy.

He noticed that he was being followed, as his girlfriend recalls. Then she heard someone yell, push Trayvon, and the phone went dead.

This is a tragedy, and I expect our shitty Justice system, can at least get this right.

There is already national coverage of this tragic event, and people are organizing the 1 million man hoodie march in Trayvon's honor.

This beast of man, George Zimmerman, must be brought to justice. I only see a great amount of violence coming our way if he is not punished.

In the early 90's there was a drug addict who was speeding through the streets of a residential area. When the LAPD finally stopped him, they beat him mercilessly. This was caught on tape.

The Rodney King riots were bad, there was a lot of counter violence, until those ruthless corrupt police officers were brought to justice.

All that violence, and reaction to a drug addict getting beat, and escaping with his life.

Imagine the amount of reaction, and violence that letting this animalistic man, escape with no punishment.

I truly hope Florida comes to its senses, and does the right thing.

This ridiculous, Stand your Ground Law does not apply to this situation.

George Zimmerman was not standing his ground, he stalked his prey, confronted, and then committed murder.

Will justice be served?

If you go to this link you can add your name to a petition being circulated through out social media, and online outlets to help bring this villain to his rightful place behind bars.

Again, parents should never have to bury their children. My deepest and dearest condolences go out to the Martin family, to any and all friends of the Martin family.

May justice be served in the name of your fallen son, cousin, brother, or friend.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Child Abuse: The Kelsey Briggs Story

This Video, and more importantly this story broke my heart.

If you didn't watch the video above, then you really should it is a powerful tribute to a beautiful little girl who was victimized by her mother and step father.

I decided to write about this story today because it really moved me. It really hurt me to know that stuff like this happens in this world.

An innocent little three year old girl, was abused, and then murdered by her step father. That alone is disturbing and sick enough.

What really boils my blood though, is that this little angel could not be saved. I shouldn't say could not, she definitely COULD have been saved, but this country's justice system is ridiculously moronic.

What judge in his right state of mind would grant this little girls monster of a mother custody, after seeing the bruises and marks she carried from visiting her?

That's the problem, we all think it's so tragic to take a child away from her mother. She gave birth to her, and it's morally wrong to rip away a baby girl from her mothers arms.

That way of thinking is why little girls like Kelsey Briggs suffer for no reason. Not everyone is fit to be a parent, unfortunately that doesn't stop them from reproducing.

Another person or persons, besides obviously the piece of shit step father, and piece of shit mother, who i pin some of the blame on is the grandmothers.

Both grandmothers could see what was happening. Personally, if someone returned my grand daughter to me with two broken legs, whether that be my daughter or daughter in law, I would never allow that little girl to be in the same room alone with them.

"The Last time I saw her, just the way she looked, the way she acted, she looked like she was dying, she was not the same child." -Kathie Briggs (Grandmother)

Why didn't you take her right there and then? Why didn't you contact someone who can protect her? Why didn't SOMEONE DO SOMETHING?

I would have fought tooth and nail to get the abuse documented to protect the innocent child.

They did nothing of the sort, and if they did, they didn't fight hard enough.

Yet another problem in this country, as parents we never find the monster like qualities in our children. We always turn a blind eye to it, because what kind of parents would we be if our kids turned out to be murdering child abuser's... Right?

It disgusts me, to think that this mother allowed her new husband to beat up on a two year old little girl.

The part that destroyed what was left of my broken heart, is when her dad comes back from war, to bury his little girl. Instead of happiness and quality time, he gets the most tragic news he could possibly get.

Parents aren't supposed to bury their children.

If nothing else, this video should show us that sometimes there's a bigger picture. Sometimes we need to put our ego's or public image aside, and take care of what needs to be done.

If someone, anyone would have stepped in and taken this poor little girl from the hands of her murdering horrendous excuses for human beings, mother and step father, maybe today little Kelsey would be enjoying Elementary school, knowing what it was like to have friends. Instead she was put on this Earth to suffer with no just cause.

So let this tragic story allow for us to be the SOMEONE, who takes action and DOES SOMETHING about this horrible problem our world faces.

If you know or see child abuse, take action, because for all you know that could be a life you're saving.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Quote of the Day: Winston Churchill: Courage!

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

Today's quote is another of my favorites. I think in its simplest form of interpretation this quote rings very true.

When we delve in a bit deeper its meaning is amplified.

In this life we tend to focus way too much on the negative and not nearly enough on the positive.

Our society has a sick attachment to kicking people while they're down. As a society we love to watch people squirm,and fail. We love watching other people suffer, because it makes us feel better about our own trials and tribulations.

The problem is, if we would learn to focus on the positive and not the negative, we woldnt need to watch people suffer to feel ebtter about our own pathetic lives. We'd realize that simply waking up in the morning and filling our lungs with oxygen is a success all on its own.

Why must we always dwell on negative, and ignore the positives because they're not good enough.

This quote elicits that as long as we continue to move forward even a failure can bring success.

I know what you're thinking, I'm just blabbering on about things that escape the realm of common sense.

But think about it...

Even when we fail at doing something, we still gain something. Whether it be experience, strength, knowledge, or even just learning to appreciate every small success, we gain something.

We progress forward. As long as we fall forward when we get hit, it still counts as a gain.

Life is far too short, and precious to spend it dwelling on something we could not change.

Lets enjoy life, enjoy every opportunity we are given to succeed or fail. Life is about opportunities, and living.

Let us be the minority who do linger in the bliss of small successes, because at the end ofo ur lives those small succeses will add up to something monumental.

I've watched people pass on from this life at both young and old ages. Some of them lived every minute of every day, and others allowed themselves to be complacent.

Let's not allow ourselves to be complacent. Let's push for something special.

If you do this, I promise you that at the end of your days, there will be a smile on your face as you revisit each and every memory stored in your happy bank.

Love yourself enough to be happy. It's worth it.