Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NoH8! Peace and Love! Peace Love and Crabs! All slogans pointing toward a happier existance for all creatures great and small. We see and hear them all, and others meaning the same thing everywhere we go. So, why is it people enjoy hurting others constantly? Bullies are found everywhere, and at any age. We see it in schools, college, the work place, and even on the web. Its driving people to murder and suicide! You can't even pay someone a compliment on Twitter or Facebook without the haters coming out of the woodwork to hate on both you, and the person you were just paying a compliment. What is it about people that makes them find joy in causing hurt and pain? I guess we wouldn't know unless we were the kind of person that can kick a puppy and laugh about it afterword. What can be done? We campaign. We defend others. We try to make a difference! We cannot be silent about this. We have to fight to create change. Too many people that are bullied are quietly killing themselves because they feel unworthy to live, or just can't take the abuse anymore. We can't hate sommeone because we feel they are different. If that's the case, then hate me! Because I strive to be an individual. I will not go along with the masses. Next time you see hate in your life, try to make a difference. Besides, who wants to be the kind of person that would kick a puppy! If you don't already, follow me on Twitter! @gen22y

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Once upon a time, Our story begins, Captains log. These are all famous beginnings to great stories we've all read and enjoyed. But, what motivates you to write what you write? Some will say its to get published and make all that money. Others say its to create a following. Others have a story of their life that they know just needs to be shared. I always say "Everyone has a story" that should be told no matter who you are. We're here on this earth and we should all leave a mark. But, what motivates you? What is it that gives you that kick in the pants to finally write that book, blog, article submission? What did you do? How did you get things rolling? Too many people say they want to do it, some day, but never follow through. How can we help others to follow through? I'm interested to hear what you have to say about this topic. So lets hear what it was for you that got things going to achieve that goal that so many want to, but never do. What's your story? 8-) If you don't already, you can follow me on Twitter @gen22y.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The thought police. We've all griped about it one way or another. We've seen different stories about it in many books and movies. One of the latest being "The Hunger Games" trilogy, soon to be a movie franchise. It's represented in many different ways as big brother "government" or the church pastor in the 1980's movie "Footloose " which was just remade for a new generation. Its always the same message though. People of power trying to control the masses where they shouldn't! I've seen this in the news lately, and also on Facebook and Twitter. A Missouri teacher was fired and then publicly humiliated on all of the local news outlets for having a picture in her private facbook picture folder that only let friends view it of her in a bikini swimsuit. There was nothing wrong or trashy about the photo or the suit. But, because she's a teacher, she was fired. The school would have known nothing about the photo had someone not given them access to it, nor would her students. What is going on with stories like this? Teachers are afraid to post pictures or post status updates on facebook and now who knows who's watching their tweets on their Twitter account. I think as long as the teachers are using their privacy settings, not recruiting Twitter followers in the classrooms they should be able to enjoy our shared freedoms of speech! Enough of this already. Teachers are people too! They do a tough job, and deserve our respect. For now though, it seems we must all Beware The Thought Police!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

When does letting your children move back home go to far? How do you draw the line when it comes to family? What can you do to avoid falling into a bad situation such as enabling your child, or being taken advantage of by an ungrateful child. We love our children. Well, most of us do! We try to do what's best for them and raise them the right way, so that they grow into strong self sufficient educated young adults. But, when we try to help, or answer a request for help, and it turns into something it shouldn't have turned into, what do we do? Sometimes, they just sponge off of us, and could care less what effect it has on us. They know they have it good, and they milk it for all its worth, and to heck with who they hurt, both financially and mentally. Sometimes, we go too far, and do too much for our children, and fall into this trap because of our own actions, or inaction whatever the case may be. Nobody wants these things to happen, but with times as tough as they are, we're seeing variations of this situation more and more. I'm interested to hear what peoples thoughts on this topic are, and plan to follow up with what you have to say about it. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it yet. I will say that I'm leaning toward tough love being the only way out of this situation at this time. What do you think? If you don't already, follow me on Twitter @gen22y Maybe we have something to talk about today?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Can Money Buy Happyness? A very long debated topic of conversation amongst people with the politically correct answer of "No" most of the time. Most people are either afraid to answer this question truthfully for fear of being ostrisized. Money is given a stigma due to materialism and shallowness. In truth, money does buy happiness. It buys you financial security which Leeds to a much less stressful way of living. If you're not worried about paying your bills on time, or even at all in this day and age, you are living a much happier life. So lets all be honest with ourselves when it comes to the question of money buying happiness. Not everyone is living the happy life. So, give to charity when you can. If you can't, give a smile. We all have a story. A smile, or some spare change can make that story better for those that are struggling.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Do you remember that small town friendlyness of our youth? Is it something else that big buisness has taken away from us along with that atmosphere? I would have to say for me, the answer is no. The same great people are still out there. They're just working in a different setting now. So, the next time that you're out shopping, or you find yourself in one of big buisnesses long lines at the checkout, give the people around you a smile and a hello. We all have a story to tell. Lets bring back some of that small town friendlyness back from the past. Big buisness can't. Take that or your story away from you if you don't let them.