Community Service is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy doing it every time. I love to give back to the community. Being involved in Boy Scouts has definitely made me get in the habit. Also with my church I have done many hours of service and I have been raised in the family of giving back. I have always tried to not turn down a chance to volunteer. I know a lot of people don’t want to help and I don’t understand why. I think it’s awesome and it makes me feel great to help people. I wish more people felt like that.
Everyone has a distraction in their life. I know I have way too many. If it is from Facebook to Twitter, or from wanted to go outside to wanting to take a nap. I get distracted easily. I mean really, who doesn’t? I don’t think I have ADD. I am pretty good at staying on task until I get bored with what I am doing. Not going to lie, it happens sometimes when I am trying to work on these blogs. I can’t help it but at least I am honest. I know there are many in life too. Such as drinking, smoking, and good looking women. Not saying that I hate you if you do that stuff, I am just saying they are a good distraction. Luckily for me, I stay away from most of that don’t have to try to get back on track. I know that especially the good looking women get me (really my girlfriend!). But knowing how to get around them are the biggest deal. If you can somewhat easily props to you because I know it can be hard.
In woodworking it is super easy to get side tracked. I know that once you get started on a project you can get kinda bored and you just want to take a break. Which is fine and all if you have a workshop and not in your dad’s side of the garage taking up all kinds of room! But once you get rededicated it is easy to get back to it and get it finished. I know that I was amazed I built that entertainment center over winter break. So I was off for a month but I got it done in about three weeks. (Quite a feat for not knowing what I was doing!) But as long as you are able to get back on the train and get it done, GO FOR IT!
Everybody gets sick, injured, or damaged in some way. If not, you are very lucky and you are probably lying. After all of that bad stuff has happened, most just need that time of healing. Not always just physically but also mentally. I know if I was sick for a good month, I would some time to continue healing and just be able to do stuff because its hard to do anything when you are sick. Mental healing is the hardest though.
After someone gets abused, no matter what kind, it will haunt that person for quite a while. Flashbacks and scars remind them of what happened and they have to live with it for the rest of their life. Luckily I have not been abused in my life.
I know for soldiers though, PTSD can be a big deal. Post traumatic stress disorder can be a big problem. Flashbacks from war and other violence can arouse and take over their life. I know some people don’t think they have it but I know that it can affect a lot of people. It makes me think of the movie “Brothers”. One of the brothers is married and ends off going to war and his other brother takes care of his wife. While away his brother and wife get close. When he comes back from war he suffers from PTSD and gets super violent and everything goes downhill from there. It is a good movie and I recommend it to anyone that likes a good drama.
Everyone goes through healing and everyone needs to every once in a while. It is not a bad thing and it can actually help quite a bit.
I haven’t really been a Huskers fan before until my sister went up there for school. For those who don’t know, the Huskers are from Lincoln, NE. But in this video… It was really nice of them to do this for this young man. I know it seemed like they didn’t try that hard but it made that boy’s day. He will never forget it and will never loose that feeling that he got from getting to do this.
It makes me have faith in humanity that people still do nice stuff like this. It seems like all there ever is bad news and drives everybody nuts. And it also seems like everybody doesn’t care about others… Many people don’t say “hi” to someone walking down the street. Or if someone is struggling, people just pass on by and don’t stop and help. I feel like the world should work together and help each other out. It would be nice.
Here is the finished entertainment center!
This is one of the most powerful songs that I love. It definitely brings out emotions. It speaks about 9/11 and even if you don’t like country music, I think you need to listen to it. I could listen to it everyday and not turn it off. It makes me thankful of the proud people that live in this country. Country music to me really brings out what is happening in real life and makes you think about it.
This is another powerful song. I know some may argue today that America is not always the best but I think this is a very patriotic song. It is not the best of all quality but it is a very good song. It is like the other song where I can never get tired of it. I am very proud to be an American.
Everyone thinks they want to be famous. They want to have their faces plastered all over the internet and seen all over. I know for a fact I don’t. Yes I would like my name to be known but not like that. I don’t want to have to do drugs and starve myself to be famous. I am happy how things are going and would like to become famous for actually doing something that would help people or be pretty awesome. I like living the simple life and taking it easy. I would like wealth but I want an equal balance of having money but also having a very strong family. I would rather have a very happy family rather than being overly wealthy. But that’s just me. If you have any thoughts comment and we can maybe talk.
If I could become famous because of woodworking would be awesome!
Many people work their butt off and don’t get credit for anything. I know they enjoy doing it but there comes to a level of under appreciation. I know for a fact I have hit that level. I work hard to please my boss at work, my parents at home, people at church, and everyone else. I have put in hundreds of volunteer hours and donated many different things, mostly labor. Granted for some of the things I have done I don’t expect a big shiny plaque. But sometimes it is nice to know that you are valued and appreciated.
When you keep getting worked to death and the first one always volunteered to do something you get burnt out. I know that happened at church when I would have to serve every single week because nobody else would show up when they were scheduled. At DQ when I worked there I definitely worked harder than the rest of the cooks there. I would clean everything that no one else would. I would do my job right and efficiently. But I still felt like I wasn’t doing everything right because I never really got feedback on my performance. I just wish people understood this and that it is nice to recognize someone every now and then.
For some people it can be the scariest part of their life. Meeting new people is not always easy. I know that I don’t fully enjoy the beginning. I love to make new friends but it just seems that there is always that awkward stage. It is hard for me to figure out what to say and I just make the situation awkward. I love to talk but I never know what to talk about. I wish there was an easy way to figure it out. I have met many new people this year and I am glad that I was able to experience making new friends. I have made many since joining Sigma Tau Gamma, 18 new brothers right there. But also just having classes with random people.
I don’t know really what to elaborate on any more in this post. I am going to leave you a thought of the day though. “The more time you spend thinking about things that could make you happy, the less time you have to actually do the things you already know will make you happy.”
Relaxing…. One of my favorite words. Many people have their own way of relaxing and so do I. Unfortunately I like to do it too much. I love just listening to music or laying down and watching TV. Having a comfy couch and just letting my mind empty really helps. It not only helps me refocus but also lets me think about what I need to do. It helps me get my thoughts straight and it’s a lot easier to concentrate in school and just in general. It also gives me a great break from stress. Stress is what really hurts young scholars and it can really damage them. I know I have had a couple meltdowns from great stress. Since them I have tried to make sure that I manage my stress. So far I have done good. Sometimes I still feel it and am not able to sleep at night but I am learning how to deal with it.
Some people find doing crafts as relaxing. Some knit and I can do woodworking. Sure when you have a deadline it can be kind of stressful but just doing a random project for the heck of it can be relaxing. It is something that you love doing and sometimes that is all you need.
Everyone loves to take a break. Many like longer ones but some like to get back before too long. I know that I enjoy to rest and relax for a while. Sometimes I have great motivation but then I crash. I just want to lay around and vegetate. Whenever someone talks about a break many think of a college kids spring break. Which then leads them to think about a lot of underage people getting super drunk on a beach somewhere down south. As for me that does not happen. I had to work a big part of my break and then I went home to see my family for a while. It wasn’t anything fancy but I sure enjoyed it. I know my family missed me and I missed them as well. I don’t need to go get smashed on a beach in order to have a fun spring break. I just have to have some time with the family I love.
When it comes to woodworking though, I love to take a break after a big project. Which sometimes works but other times not so much. See Dana’s birthday is in September and so I have a short break until I have to start working on her Christmas present. But then after Christmas I get an extended break so it helps! Today, April 5, is our three year anniversary and it has been the best three years. I am blessed to be able to spend them with her.