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Reality vs. Expectations, Every Day won't be the Best of Your Life

Reality vs. Expectations, Every Day won't be the Best of Your Life

As social media has become pervasive in every aspect of our lives, there’s not a day that goes by where you don’t see some sort of generic quote about today being the best day of your life. But let’s bring things back to reality. An outlook based on unrealistic expectations and unchecked optimism only guarantees unhappiness…

Humanity’s Struggle; A Common Thread

Humanity’s Struggle; A Common Thread

Sometimes on Wednesday afternoons I like to tackle questions such as “what’s the biggest challenge facing the existence of our species?” One can point to a great number of things ranging from environmental crises to education issues. But there exists a common thread among almost every major struggle and setback we face… 

If College was the Best Four Years of Your Life...

If College was the Best Four Years of Your Life...

“College…the best four years of your life” – a bizarre phrase uttered with regularity these days. It also happens to be a great indicator that the person voicing such an elementary thought should never be consulted for any life advice. In fact, whatever guidance they attempt to pass along, I urge you to do the opposite...

4 Life Lessons, 4 Continents, 4 Years

4 Life Lessons, 4 Continents, 4 Years

Four years ago, as my final semester of college came to a close, I was just another soon-to-be graduate with surprisingly little direction as to where I wanted to head in life. In the time since, I’ve made my way to three more continents and found far more direction and perspective in my travels than higher education ever came close to providing...

The Truth about the Red Tape

The Truth about the Red Tape

I’ve given up plenty of times in my life. In many regards, I am a quitter. And all those things I’ve thrown in the towel on have fallen into one of two categories: something that I had absolutely no natural talent for and consequently did not enjoy, or something where I felt my end goal was far outweighed by inconvenience and the red tape blocking the way. The second being one of the biggest misconceptions I’ve carried for my 26 years. 

Moving Beyond Earth

Moving Beyond Earth

Nerd Alert: It is my sincere hope that at some point during my life we make the necessary advancements in order to send people beyond Earth to colonize another planet. The first logical step would be Mars. If that occurs before I’m old and decrepit, sign me up. Seeing as we’re on the right track, I am confident that we will at least land a human on Mars in my lifetime.

Hiding Behind Family

Hiding Behind Family

We don’t often view family as an obstacle. Most of the time it’s regarded as a sacred entity that comes before everything else. There are certainly situations where we put our family first for the right reasons. However, far too often we leverage the concept of family in order to justify tabling our passions and dismissing our own dreams. 

Book Review: 100 Sideways Miles

Book Review: 100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith is the story of Finn Easton, a sixteen-year-old boy, attempting to find himself despite unusual circumstances. Finn sees the world through distance rather than time, which provides readers an interesting perspective. He views each second as twenty miles; the distance Earth travels in that amount of time…