every second every day

Every second of every day,
we crave change.

We reflect and we project
to fix some problem.
From untied shoes to
not enough food,
a fight with a friend
to a war with no end…

When we can’t understand both cause and effect,
frustration takes over and we start to inspect.

Imagine someone from 1914 travels to present day,
where we answer questions in a completely different way.
They see lots of effects without a subsequent cause.
A screen responds to my touch…?
they just stop and pause.

Now take someone from 2014 and put them in 1914.
Where’s my hot shower, fast food, and wifi…?
Frustrated because they know these effects don’t apply.

No matter the time period, problems exist
because we understand cause or effect, not both.
An equation that seems so simple yet
we only arrive at the answer through growth.

Not only are we solving different problems
And answering different questions,
We have a different language:
“Hashtag YOLO”
“Wanna go get some fro yo?”
“Have you listened to P¡nk?”
“Download this link.”

Technology has given us power.
The ability to connect.
Collectively reflect and project,
figure out cause and effect faster than any one person could suspect.
It doesn’t really matter if what you say is correct.
Being part of the conversation is how we intersect.

Whether conscious of it or not,
We are in the midst of the change,
Thirteen billion years after the big bang.

you are the cause.
you are the effect.
come what may
every second of every day.

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Mutual Understanding

Think about the way language started….

people looked at each other,
realized something about the world,
and wanted to articulate how they felt.

Think about the way you just said the word
articulate in your head.
Communication is the basis of our entire existence.
We communicate because
We want to know.
We want to inform.
Our evolutionary extinct is to ask why.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING

And everyone answers differently.

Through the lens of a camera,
microscope, telescope, or rifle scope.
Fingertips on a microphone,
paintbrush, keyboard, or calculator.
Illuminate and create reality.

Making sense through our individual forte,
the eminent staccato to our theories
is interacting with others
about the purpose of humanity

We are one of the few species
who attach meaning to experience.
But life is just a sequence of events:
something happens
because something else happened…
because something else before that happened…

Humankind is just one string of existence.

Existing to ask why
Existing to ask how
Existing to understand.

However we choose to make sense of the world
is not only the right way…
It is the only way.

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2106 Marshall

I’ll never forget…
the time I’ve spent right here.
at this desk.
in front of this window.
looking out at rush hour on Marshall and thinking
five years from now…
will I be one of those people
sitting in a car by myself
counting down the minutes until I get to be with the people
who really matter?

I’ll never forget….
the time we made awful bloody marys
and tanned in the front yard.
Sun kissed skin and good conversation
made a formidable combination.

I’ll never forget…
the day we named our house Kitty Kingdom and made it a Facebook page
as if somehow that made it more official than just saying it out loud.
or the day we decided to pimp out the attic.
or the day we decided we needed a hookah.
or the day we watched 1,000 episodes of Parks and Rec in one sitting
or the day (shortly after) we named our house mouse John Ralphio.
or the day we watched Sharknado and played Gauntlet.
or the day we made brownies and proceeded to eat the whole pan.
or the day the Jimmy Johns guy called Hilary 15 times after he left.
or the day we napped in my bed and I had to leave for work
and on the drive there I thought about what a family we’ve become.

I’ll never forget…
the insane parties that have been here!!!
Cinco de Mayo fiestas
American Pride parties
TommieJohnnie
Summer campfires
Birthdays
Halloween
Flannels/Handles/Candles
Bowls
The list of good times I’ve had in this house is endless.

I’ll never forget…
the inside jokes,
the enlightening conversation,
the people who have become part of this house’s story,
the moments I was most inspired.

I have 2106 Marshall to thank for all these times I’ll never forget.
My roommates and friends have made senior year
one of the best years of my life.
So to those of you who know what a difference you’ve made in my life,
and to those who don’t…

Thank-you.

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why it matters

write what you know
speak what you feel
listen where you care

make sure you’re aware.

analyze society
figure out what’s wrong
do something about it
before you’re gone
let’s not forget
we’re only here for so long

I am because we are.
parts of the same machine
cells of the same body
pieces of the same puzzle
we are

individual acts, operating as

one

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Climbing a Mountain

The fact that I could literally do anything with the rest of my life is overwhelming.

I find it difficult deciding what path to take

when any one I choose will lead to the same fate.

 

But life is like climbing a mountain,

you decide your path as you go.

If you get stuck along the way,

all you gotta do is pray.

 

I’m taking a moment to stop

and think about what’s waiting for me

at the top.

 

Figure out what you don’t like through process of elimination.

Try as many things as possible,

That way you know you’re not missing out.

At least to me, that seems the best way to find out.

 

Show me don’t tell me.

We learn best through experience.

But what happens when we can’t see

what we truly believe?

Then it’s about what the mind wants to perceive.

 

I love how it’s okay to not know exactly who you are

or what you want to do

when you’re only twenty two.

Cause I mean sometimes

I don’t even have a clue!

 

They say there are two days that matter most in life:

The day you were born and the day you find out why

So do more with your life than just try and get by.

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Time is a Cage

Time is a cage and we are all prisoners.

There is no escape.

Be here at eight … oh and don’t be late!

Our schedules are everything,

and we get annoyed when we have to wait.

 

It’s us vs. the clock but we will never win

because our time here on Earth is like the width of a pin.

So do as much as you can in one day.

Get out of my way.

 

If you’re not planning ahead, then you are already behind

What does your future look like?

Better make sure I know mine.

 

Why doesn’t the rest of the world place time on a pedestal?

What’s more important in places like Denmark is how people relate

The fact that they are considered the happiest country in the world

should somehow strongly correlate.

Stress is the number one killer in America,

Faster is better, who cares if we have time to be together.

 

Have you ever taken a drive with no destination?

Well that doesn’t seem like a good use of my transportation.

But it could be used as a form of meditation.

and in the end you’ll find gratification.

 

So slow down because your life will pass in a blink

make sure to stop.

and think.

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Friends Define You

Once you find a group of people who challenge you to do better,

hold on to them like your favorite sweater.

You will thank them later for your success,

for they are the reason you are the best.

 

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Choose carefully.

 

I have found a unique group who know how to have a good time,

but they also know that you have to work hard

to get what you consider “mine.”

“Nothing worth having comes easy”

and I know that sounds really cheesy

But what worth would something possess

if it didn’t take some effort and put you to the test.

 

And maybe I’m preaching to the choir,

Everyone knows you have to work hard to get higher

on the totem pole of life.

But sometimes people know things, and don’t reflect

so pay yourself some respect

and consider your group of friends.

Are they making you stronger?

or do they make achieving your goals take longer?

 

 

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