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Eulogy of Our Youth

You know, it’s not uncommon to hear or feel that life just keeps getting progressively harder and harder with each coming year. I used to think this was true too. But it’s not so much that life gets harder, rather than it is simply just us losing our innocence. We are exposed to more things with every coming day and thus grow and mature.

The negative connotation that comes with growing older can come from life getting more difficult as more responsibilities and burdens are laid on you. However, I think it simply comes with the loss of our child-like innocence. The questions we once anxiously asked in our insatiable curiosity have simply lost their allure. When we once sought the mysteries of the world, we now have learned all the answers, and disappointingly, none of which had met the sophistication of our bright and avant-garde imagination.

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“do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life”

In my last class of college, my accounting professor left our class with this story to close:

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the
American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his
needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs … I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help
you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.

“And after that?” asked the Mexican.

With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second
one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

“Twenty, perhaps 25 years,” replied the American.

“And after that?” the Mexican asked.

“Afterwards? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?”

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”

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Some Things Are Just Pricele$$

We all know the term “money can’t buy happiness”. It is as cliché as any, yet the expression has undoubtedly lost its significance. These days it seems money can indeed buy happiness. Even the invaluable aspects of our lives such as love and camaraderie that were once deemed priceless can now be sold for a price. As culture has developed our perspectives on money has changed and has placed far more emphasis and empowerment in money. Pop culture has redefined the measurement of success to almost strictly an individual’s financial status. This is clearly depicted in today’s media where hip-hop artists and star athletes proudly flaunt their financial wealth through their extravagant lifestyles. Expensive clothing, lavish homes, and excessive spending have become trends that signify the pinnacle of accomplishment. So much emphasis is put on material wealth that our minds have been conditioned to equate success and happiness to lavish living. Consequently, society has loss sight of the true meaning of happiness and in the midst of its struggle has enthroned money, making the phrase “ money can’t buy happiness” completely obsolete and meaningless. Does money really bring happiness?

Not too long ago, I met with an old friend who had recently done some traveling and told me about his travels throughout southeastern Asia. After describing all the wild parties and delicious food, my friend mentioned something very profound about what he observed in perhaps one of the poorest countries, Burma. Despite being a society riddled with poverty, corruption, and overall turmoil, Burma wasn’t as miserable as my friend expected it to be. He wasn’t met with a sobering scene of sad, hopeless faces and starving children with outstretched arms begging for a bite to eat. Instead he was greeted with smiling faces and contagious laughter. However, there was something very curious about this picture. How can people be so content while poverty is so strongly pronounced in their lives and in their community? When did scarcity become the status quo? And why is that okay, if at all? Perhaps the most difficult question to answer is how can Americans live in luxury and such abundance, yet still be so unhappy when people half a world away are content with life despite living in extremely dismal and harsh conditions?

All of a sudden it doesn’t shock me that the United States was the 20th happiest country in the world in a study surveying the happiness of countries around the world. In the same survey from the World Database of Happiness, Costa Rica turned out to be the happiest place in the world (out of 148 countries). Although Costa Rica is very beautiful with miles of pristine beaches and acres of protected rain forests, the country is not a global leader in any sense. It doesn’t have a particularly impressive GDP nor does it play a major role in world politics. After closer examination, Costa Rica seems to just root itself in humble living, which seems to have been key to their happiness. The island country can owe some of its happiness to its cultural emphasis on friend and family rather than fortune and fame. It chooses social capital over financial capital. In 1949, the country even dissolved their military to instead invest in the country’s education and conservation. It’s relieving to see at least one country has had its priorities in the right place and is happy.

I too, once strongly believed that money would bring happiness. I thought the big paycheck would buy happiness in the forms of expensive cars, grandiose homes, and pretentious clothing. Recently, my beliefs were shaken and my whole outlook on life was set to change when I received an offer to work at a company in San Francisco for a generous salary that seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately for me it was too good to be true. The job would require me to work nearly 90 arduous hours a week for six days a week. At first thought the decision to make a lot of money seems easy, but only after weighing the pros and cons did I realize how difficult a decision it would be. Naturally, the question came down to whether money could buy happiness? Would it be worth it for me to move to a city I hardly knew with few to no friends and work tirelessly day and night everyday for a lot of money?

I didn’t think so. What is money worth if I can’t enjoy it? My free time is valuable, and my family and friends even more so. Some things are just priceless and money isn’t one of them.

yours truly,

chompskee

References:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/opinion/07kristof.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29

http://thehappinessshow.com/HappiestCountries.htm

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Take a step of Hope

In life are hopes and dreams take the best of us. What I mean that everyone in life has these hopes and dreams that maybe one day his/her life will be better and his/her dreams will come true whatever they may be. I believe in every person there is someone willing to see beyond today and tomorrow realizing that what is to become of them in the future and how each step they take today is changing their chances of tomorrow. I feel that most people realize that life is not as fun anymore as they age each and every day they are thinking about their dreams and goals and how are we going to conquer them. I am wondering if anyone has taken it even a step further and realized each day we live is one more day closer to our death and do you think that someone is really thinking about what impression am I going to make myself on others on the day that you or I die.  I want to test all the readers that look at this if you are willing to do this you will help the world to be a better place. My test is that I want you to help a family member, a friend, or even a stranger in desperate need. You can make a change today if you take a step of hope. A step of hope for that when you die everyone will remember you for being the most altruistic person in your group of friends, family, or the world.

On a side note I felt like writing a poem. Because I have been watching too much Def Poetry which is so real.

Title: Obsession
Life is objective. So subjective to the changes of our goals
that of which are desires to make changes to are certain roles.
we affect others each and every day
that life is this silly game we play
some people have this obsession
they believe we can get ourselves out of this great depression
this state of mind
gives us time to rewind
and think of tomorrow
let me give you hope that tomorrow won’t bring you sorrow
for it is a new day
where we can sit around or play
let me say a few words
I have an obsession
with depression
why because these real eyes realize the real lies
that everyone holds within themselves when time flies
all the people around them disappear
only to reappear
when they are needed
that can be seeded
in everyone of us.
Let me say a few words
I have this obsession
with not depression but aggression
that I bottle up inside of me
so no one has to see
that side of me but only see the light
when darkness comes I’m out of sight
to change into someones super hero
that in reality may only be a zero
but is willing to make changes.
Let me say a few words
I have an obsession
this time its not aggression or depression but progression
what does the future hold for you or I
is it something to past the time before you die
let me change your perspective
this is not a course its an elective
the future is the choices you make today
whether it be drugs, love, money or whatever you might say
Remember this that you are not alone
because this obsession with whatever it may be can be changed, something to hone
So, don’t worry about these obsessions
For these are only my confessions.

Written by: Jay Hervey

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The Responsibilities in Life

As everyone passes through his/her life people start to realize the responsibilities they have to maintain that dream he/she desires. Let me tell you that these responsibilities grow  day after day and the longer a person takes to realize that they have these certain obligations and responsibilities they start to regret that maybe they shouldn’t have done those certain drugs or got into that certain gang or even changed from they way they used to be. I have realized that the saying “Live everyday like it’s your last” isn’t the smartest way to live by. For if you are only always thinking about now or this moment you fail to realize what the future may hold for us with the choices we make today. Everyone needs to re-think what they do today… because is it what is best for you even if it was your last day to live.  I believe the choices we make today do affect the future we want to have and if you want to go places in your life not like taking out the trash… or even going to friends place… like going somewhere where you are completely satisfied with your life and living each day like you don’t have those responsibilities any longer.  I know if you Believe in Yourself, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to with enough perseverance anything is possible.
-Manos

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Things people should know about Driving

These are some facts and opinions I have toward driving in general

Fact: I honestly hate bad drivers!

Opinion: I feel most women are bad drivers and almost every guy in the world would agree
FACT: People need to understand the freeway: The left side lane is the carpool lane usually meant for people who are going fast with more than one person so that more than one person can get to a place faster than they would in normal traffic (This means if you are going less than 80 get the fuck out of the carpool people have places to go) the lane next to the carpool lane 2nd farthest lane is known as the fast lane. People should know this is the lane where people want to go to go fast because they have places to go and they can’t go in the carpool lane because there is only one person in the car and they don’t feel like breaking the law (This means if you are going less than 80 get the fuck out of this lane because people have places to go) Next is the lane next to carpool lane or the middle lane of the freeway in this lane people really need to know this lane is known as the changing lane so if you are in this lane people should be going around (70-80mph) if you are blocking traffic please move to the furthest right side lane. The furthest right side lane *WARNING* this is known as the SLOW LANE understand THIS LANE IS FOR SLOW PEOPLE and people are going to try to get off the freeway here so they go slow for a reason and big rigs tend to be in this lane for a reason because they have to get off and can’t be being blocked off when they need to get off the freeway. This is usually the speed limit lane or exit lane so if you aren’t going at least the speed limit get the fuck off the freeway.

Opinion: When you are getting tail gated that means you are driving to fucking slow so please speed up or move to the furthest right side lane where the slow drivers are suppose to be or the lane you feel you should be in look above.

FACT: During when traffic hits most people do not know that the freeway laws are reversed from above because everyone feels like they need to go to the right lane because it is faster but it isn’t true because everyone tries going to that lane and clogs up and with the carpool lane most of the time is fast can get clogged from retarded drivers.

Opinion: A driver should know if you are getting cut off don’t be alarmed it was because you were driving too slow for either the retarded reckless driver or the experienced driver that has to get from one place fast and you are in his/her way.

FACT: Everyone knows that you can get a ticket for not signaling 100 feet from the point you are turning. SO LEARN TO FUCKING SIGNAL its only a little flick of your finger. If you leave your signal on please actually go to that direction and not leave it on just to piss off drivers behind you.

Opinion: I feel handicapped people can not drive (thus being handicapped) bless their souls these people but I feel they should have timed driving limits. I don’t understand why they are allowed to drive when they are handicapped beats me and is there a reason why they drive so slow?? Handicapped people should not be allowed in any other lane than the furthest right lane or the SLOW LANE.

FACT: If you making a left at a yield traffic light if you can count to 3 you could have gone and if you didn’t go realize you just made someone behind you waiting a chance to have gone from their destination a little bit faster help the world out and try to follow it. (Experienced/Expert drivers only) If you have a fast enough accelerating car and they look like retarded drivers at the light you can jump the gun and make it but if people these cars are determined to get you they will.

Opinion: I feel that old people can not drive either. They need to be in the SLOW LANE on the freeway and should realize that speed limit is normal and *Impeding TRAFFIC IS A TRAFFIC VIOLATION*

FACT: People need to know to be courteous with parking please learn to park and do not park in the middle and be a douche *CAUTION* gangsters/angry people will key you if you do this or DOUBLE PARKING don’t be a Fucktard and think your car is extra special to have to take two spaces if it that special go get someone to watch after you car or valet that shit bitch.  Parking in the lines is much appreciated so please don’t park correctly if you can’t correct yourself in 3 times you may need to learn how to park on your own time don’t waste everyone’s time around you.

Opinion: I feel most Asian drivers do not know how to drive if you are one of them please stay on the slow side of traffic or please try to follow the traffic laws as much as possible.

FACT: People driving under the influence of drugs may drive recklessly and most people tend to this later at night so if you are driving from 12-4 *Beware of people on drugs and try to give them some space*

Opinion: I feel people who drive new cars need to learn that you do not need to stay 100 feet away from the car in front of you… it will not hurt to drive a little closer possibly until you can’t see the back of their tires anymore.

FACT: If you are tired or too fucked to drive let someone drive you home please this can cause accidents.

Opinion: Cops are way too biased to women in the driving field and let them off way to easily. (Advice for men) Have a woman in the car with you they may be able to get out of tickets.

If you do not agree with this agree to disagree. 🙂
This is what I feel just my opinions.
If you feel there is more that should be on this feel free to add.

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