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Nobody Plays Their Villain In Their Own Movie

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“Nobody plays the villain in their own movie.”Image

So my posting activity recently has been about as active as a snail on Valium. However, I came across something that was one of those light-bulb moments in my head & wanted to share. “Nobody plays the villain in their own movie” - Read this years ago when I was a kid & for some reason it always stuck with me. Even though I thought I was the most badass Ninja-turtle whitey tighteys wearing 9 year old out there, I think I’m just recently starting to accept & understand what it actually means.

Everybody is living their life from THEIR point of view. Yeah maybe some things people do aren’t what you’d do, but they’re the lead character in their own life. It’s kinda weird to think that the person living on the street is doing their own thing right now, with a whole bunch of supporting characters and settings but that’s what life is. We’re all the hero in our own story & innately do things that benefit ourselves. For some reason though, we judge ourselves by our intentions but others by their actions.

Once you start looking at life that way, it really helps you take a step back & see the world from a totally different perspective. Someone else out there is happy with less than what you have. Having different perspectives in life is everything…

Achieving Your Goals

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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

That saying by the famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is one that I’ve determined to live my life by. Sometime we get so caught up in physical rewards that we forget that the intangibles are where we truly get the most value and will certainly last with us the longest. For example, you finally complete a marathon that you trained for months on; sure that finisher’s medal at the end is great, however you undoubtedly will get the most pleasure from knowing that you had the self-will, discipline and determination to train and power through the race. That feeling of achievement will carry you so many more places that just the medal will.

Finishing Your Goals

Another example that many of us have experienced is when we finally get our college degree. At the end of the day, it’s just a piece of paper – however the qualities and traits that I picked up while getting a college degree has made me who I am today. I’ve said this a lot and many might disagree with me but the educational component wasn’t what I gained the most from while in college – it was picking up social skills (3:1 female ratio means no time to be shy), learning how to network (Butler forces you to find two internships before you graduate – both of mine were through recommendations from friends), thriving under pressure (who hasn’t completed a 5 page paper the night before), and learning self-discipline (even though the kegger on a Thursday night sounds great, you stay in to prepare for an 8am mid-term). My point overall – we become who we are through our experiences; the tangible rewards you get out of them mean nothing if you don’t gain any true life lessons. So think about all the goals you want to achieve in the next 5 years – there might be a tangible reward that comes out of each. As you cross them one by one off your list, think of the lessons you learned on your way to achieving each. I promise you’ll get far more pleasure and meaning out of all your accomplishments!

Why People Hate Change

Windmill

We all strive to be better at whatever it is we do on a daily basis – at least I know I do. Whether it’s your job, relationships, physical condition, knowledge. By nature, and this might be me taking a faith of leap in humanity, I think most people wake up wanting to be better than they were the day before. One thing that an old coach in high school used to tell me was ‘The only person you have to be better than is the person you were yesterday.’ Now at first I thought he was merely referring to my 1-8 FG, 6 Turnovers from the night before which I scoffed at saying you could blindfold me and put me in a wheelchair and I wouldn’t be that bad again. However, the more I realized it, he was talking about my attitude and the way I approached things. See I did the same thing before every game, practiced the same things for the same amount of time regardless of how I was playing. There’ s a popular saying that goes ‘The definition if insanity is doing something over and over and expecting different results’. To be honest, too many of us including myself are well, insane. So why are many of us so unreceptive to change? We’re creatures of habit and hate changing things even if we know it might make us better.

Change

Over the last few months, I’ve made it a concerted effort to change certain aspects of my life. It might not be the most noticeable thing to other people, but again the only person you’re trying to prove anything to is the person you were yesterday. People change for better or worse – over the last few months, I’ve grown apart from many people that I was close to and normally I’d be upset but I know it’s for the better – People change, even best friends grow apart and soon you’ll find out who your real friends are through that change. You can’t force someone to be in your life and vice-versa, they can’t force you to be in theirs. I’m a huge believer in destiny – everything happens for a reason. We all have failures and disappointments – we just have to be ready and willing to chane. They say when the Wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills. Make sure you make the right one.

The Rise of Dance

Avicii Dance

Most of my friends that know me know I’m a huge fan of Electro/House/Dance music – pretty much if it gets my blood flowing I’m game. I was never a big fan of Dance but after living with a Brazilian that played it non-stop, I had no option but to fall in love with it. I’ve seen that my love of Dance has coincided with the rest of America – I’ve been wondering why – it’s not as if you’ll find Avicii or Afrojack blaring on your radio so the sudden ascent seems strange. The reason – blo & social media. There’s so many good blogs out there (Good Music All Day, Fresh New Tracks, Mostly Junkfood) that these days if you make good music – you’ll be found. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Sweden, Norway, France – you’ll get found. Two of my favorite things are sports and music – they both have the ability to bring people of all races, nationalities, backgrounds together. One of my favorite Avicii videos isn’t a music video, but rather his trailer for the worldwide hit, Levels – in that video you can see people from all over the world unifying over a few bass lines and synthesizers. Just Classic….

The Bystander Effect

I was hesitant to first post about this and then I realized if I didn’t, I’d be just like the handful of people that watched, murmured to themselves ‘Wow that’s sad’, and went on with their lives. Not that me writing about it is going to make that drastic of a change, but at the least, I can know I’m one more person saying how wrong it is. That might sound simple, but honestly how many times do we walk by something wrong and simply put our head down. ALL THE TIME. It’s called the Bystander Effect. The greater number of people present, the less amount of responsibility we seem to place on ourselves for helping someone in distress. Read the rest of this entry

Drake Take Care Track By Track Review Part 2

Cheesy Drake

9) Make Me Proud Feat. Nicki Minaj

Drake brings in his friend, big sister, lover (who knows what they are these days) in what’s sure to be another radio hit. The song is a bit of an ode to a woman who Drake is mesmerized with – maybe Nicki herself? The two have a relationship that tabloid mags dream of. The song itself at its core is a bit cheesy -a bit weird to be singing about how proud of your girl you are. but I guess, when you’re Aubrey Graham, you can get away with these things. Nicki Minaj comes in and channels her inner crazy doing the standard voice changing and screaming that we’ve become accustomed to. She shows her versatility late in the track switching from rapping to a more melodic tone then to the Supa Dupa flow. Nicki is essentially the female version of Drake. In fact, I’m now convinced she should add this to her growing list of Alter Egos.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Drake Take Care Track By Track Review

Drake-Take Care

After a much anticipated wait, the kid known as Drizzy Drake or as some call him, ‘Wheelchair Jimmy’ from his Degrassi days is back with his sophmore effort, Take Care. Despite the success of his debut, Thank Me Later, which sold nearly 500,000 in the U.S., Drake felt like it was rushed to satisfy fans eager for more after his breakout mixtape, So Far Gone. Thus for the aptly named Take Care, Drake decided to do just that – choosing to focus more sonically on the production and subtleties that would enable him to tell the story of his new-found fame. What followed was an emotional introspective into the conscious inner thoughts and feelings that you’d expect from an Immanuel Kant writing, much less someone considered the heir to the Hip-Hop throne.

1) Over My Dead Body

Drake recruits Candian singer, Chantal Kreviazuk to set the tone for the album’s opener and she does it quite well. Chantal’s written songs for Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood thus this pairing seems atypical, but again Aubrey Graham is anything but typical. The pairing and song reminds me of his collab with Lykee Li on So Far Gone.  His slow melodic verses complement perfectly to the piano keys that accompany the  laid-back beat. The first two lines of the album paint the picture of the juxtaposition that we’ll see throughout the album.

I think I killed everybody in the game last year, F- it I was on though//And I thought I found the girl of my dreams at a strip club, F -it I was wrong though

Rating: 8.5/10 Read the rest of this entry

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