Soundtracked Life

I came across a very interesting article about a soundtrack for the looming apocalypse aptly titled, "The Future Will Destroy You". Obviously just by the title alone you can see in which direction the article was headed. Lucky for you I'm not going to take you down that road today. I just don't think following yesterday's post with something like that would be ideal. Instead I would like you to explore the concept of the "soundtrack to your life". The STYL are the memories that are tied to specific songs that take you back to your first love, your first breakup, the death of parent, your high school graduation and maybe even the song that played the first time you got high and decided to drive home in extreme paranoia...this is the "soundtrack to your life".

There’s something phenomenal about how a certain song on the radio can help you shed the tears and move on after a hard break up. There's something remarkable about your iPod randomly selecting a song by Green Day that can light up your life and take you back to walking across the stage accepting your high school diploma. For most of us that was our highest achivement at that time. There something rare about when a song comes on and you can't help but to pick up the phone, call the person that it connected you to. Though you will never be a Whitney Houston or a Boyz II Men you still sing the song through the phone like it's your own. Many are magical moments that can't be repeated or duplicated. Many of the magical moments wouldn’t nearly be the same without the perfect song at the perfect moment. Songs help tell the story, create the atmosphere, express the feeling that sometimes you can't quite express yourself.

Don't you wish that your life could be composed. Come on folks take a walk with me. Just think about it...

There you are walking into your favorite bar, wearing you favorite articles of clothing, with the anticipation of your enjoying your first drink. As you walk through the door a dead silence comes over the bar and everyone slowly gazes in your direction. A few of your friends are in tow. You find yourself walking in slow motion as you reach the bar the bartender sends a cold one sliding down counter to you. As you stop it and prepare to qench your thirst, Usher's "Yeah" starts blaring from the speakers. As you drink in slow motion as well the lights dim and somehow everyone in the bar breaks into a choreographed routine. Tell me you've never thought of that. Hmm...

Every now and then you may be lucky enough to experience a soundtrack moment when a song plays and matches the exact instance in your life. Songs that tell a story, songs hold memories and songs play to your emotions.


Chips, a Soda and a Thought

It's late, I'm at work and I'm dog tired. I realize that it's been a minute since I've come to my own personal blog and updated. I just haven't had the time nor motivation to put my thoughts down on paper. With the traveling, work and school I've been a busy man. By no means am I complaining because it's the little things like this that make me appreciate life and be thankful that I'm in good health.

Tonight I came across a post online that spoke to me and I thought I would share it with you. It's about another fellow blogger who has put her thoughts into a book. The book, ThxThxThx by author Leah Dieterich is really good about writing thank-you notes to life and everything in it. It's about giving the simple things in life their just praise. Here are a few things that she feels the simple things in life give you: 
  • It can ground you. 
  • It can turn the negative into a positive. 
  • They're like a diary. 
  • You get back what you put in.
I hope that each one of you can take out a little time out of your busy schedule and pay tribute to things that keep you going in life. Hopefully they map out a direction, a goal, or just give you a visual confirmation of who you are.

Going Vegetarian

I'm thinking about making the transition to a vegetarian or vegan diet. I've been seeing a lot of stuff on TV about it recently and want to give it a good effort. With more and more emerging research supporting the benefits of a plant-based diet, along with fast growing demands, it is easier than ever to give being a vegetarian or vegan a try.

My first goal is to try it for a week and see how far that gets me. I'm going to try to stay away from the negative stereotypes that have plagued most vegetarian and vegans diets. I'm going into this with an open mind and a full heart. It's been a long time since I've been really secure about my body and I need to get back to enjoying it.

I've tried doing this several times before and have failed within a day or two. I think because I put to much pressure on myself. This time I have no expectations for myself or any pressures at the moment. It's just me and the fruits and veggies right now. Let's see what I can do.
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