Thursday, October 21, 2010

On Second Thought...

So I'm sitting here...have been sitting here...

Tonight's soundtrack: Dirty Cartoons by Menomena, a band I've followed as best as I could. I love the way the emotions in this song shift with the tempo and the subtle bass.

I had originally intended on writing a post on a band/artist I'd been enjoying as of late. Because, I'm always getting and playing new[new to my library, that is] music. I will say though, these last few weeks have been slow. Only got ~200 songs in the last two weeks. But to my point, I think I'm going to reserve this blog, this venue, strictly for exactly what the titles says: Rants, Ramblings, and Other 'R' Words. Yes, I'm going to pretend "reviews" does not start with an 'r'. From herein, I'm going to leave music related posts and stuff to my TUMBLR. So go there, and check out my other fun stuffs.

For this though, I'm going to do what I do best--improvise.  Improvisation is an awesome skill to have. You figure out what you have to work with, and just do whatever the heck you can with that. Very handy, if you get caught in a tight spot. For example, today my group and I decided to skip over the last part of our chem lab because it only required us to "discuss," and not actually write any work. On our way out, our skeptical TA decided to "discuss" the last section to see how exactly we finished so fast. I opened up the book and stared blankly at the question, racking my brain. One of the kid's in my group, had somewhat of a grasp on it and explained it a bit, just enough, for me to jump into the conversation and add so that it seems like we knew what we meant. I also then inadvertently explained another topic, because I remembered the exact definition from another part. With a hint of suspicion in her eyes, our TA let us go. I thought we'd been nabbed. Hahaha.

That's merely one instance in which it's useful. But I need to stop digressing, like, really stop.

The future. It's an abstract concept. Does it exist? Sure, we all have plans on things we want to do in the near-future or the long-term, but are we guaranteed that opportunity to carry out and live as we desire? I think that a lot of people, myself included, take the future for granted. We have passions, wishes, hopes, and aspirations--many of which we could pursue now. But we don't. Maybe there's no time now. We have too many things we need to do. We have other obligations. Or maybe it's just something that's too difficult, we think. But...why? Let me ask you, what is something you've always wanted to do? Something you told yourself you'd do, as soon as you got the chance. Something you planned to delve into, once life created that primetime for? And what's holding you back?

I don't mean to take this post for a depressing twist, but all we can really be sure we're allotted is the present--and even that's iffy. At any moment, any number of things can happen that can damage or potentially alter your life permanently. In that case, any thing you wanted to pursue might have to be shelved, for good. Yet, we take things for granted. We schedule our hopes and dreams on that one day, that one time, when everything is perfect. Who's to say that day will ever come? Not that it can't, but why wait? Go out there. Do what you want to do[legally, I hope] and live the life you've always wanted. In car collisions alone(and almost all of us have/will be in a car on a daily basis), 1,200,000 people died in one year. I would bet my life that they all had plans that they never got to flesh out. If you knew, when you went to sleep tonight, you wouldn't wake up, would you be happy? Would you be content with everything thus far? Or would you plead and beg for more time, an extension of your deadline so that you can fulfill those few things on your bucketlist, if you will?

I'm a big advocate of living everyday like it's your last. I don't always stick to it, but I try. I'd hate to think the last few hours of my life were spent stressing over a test, arguing with someone close to me over something menial, or just doing something I don't care for. Plus, even if you live to be 1,000 years old, not everyone around you will. And I can't think of anything worse than your final farewell ending on a bad note. No one wants to live with that haunting regret. So try and not be a jerk to people you typically might. Unless you've gained the ability of foresight(if you did, contact me, cause I would like to take advantage of this), none of us can say for certain where life can take us and who life will take. So don't waste your time.

Get out there. Be happy. Live without regrets, even the bad experiences have something to offer us. Do whatever you never had the balls for.

Lastly, instead of being a product of life--make life a product of you.

Feels good to be back. =]

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