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Introspection: The Transitional Life Crisis

About a year ago, I went through a huge quarter year long phase. A phase that had both good and bad intentions on myself and other people. It was a phase that included me going completely invisible to just about everyone. Invisible in a difference sense of the word however. By invisible, I mean to my friends, I went complete anti-social, to my family, I wasn't even acting like the person they knew all of my 18 years of living (I'm 19 now).

It was bad in a way because during that period, I lost many friends. Many people stopped contacting me because of my change in direction/attitude. I think it because I went from the person who was easy to have fun with to a person who was always upset, or angry. Frankly, me being in that phase, I didn't even realize anything was wrong with me (as most people going through the same thing wouldn't). I went from being the nice person to a person who often yelled at family. A person who was once caring to a person who just didn't car…

The Rebirth of a New Journey

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I realize that its been quite some time since I posted anything so I figured I'd give an update. For starters. I have been pretty absent from the interwebs in general. So the question is, "What have I been up to all this time?" Well thats pretty simple, well I've been finishing up some Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Awesome game if I might add.
I have also been revisiting an old game called Diablo III. I spent maybe around 20 hours last week leveling up my monk and barbarian. It was pretty fun while the excitement lasted. But most importantly I've been trying to get my life together. I recently applied to a university called Old Dominion University. Hopefully I get in because that would be a life-making moment. It would basically show that all these years of doing things and going nowhere, I will be able to hone my creative/artistic skills and channel it into something in the form of a career for my future. 
Another thing that I have been up to is designing web…

The End of a Blogging Season

These past few months, this blog has been dedicated to the subject of personal growth. This subject has been a pretty interesting one. It allowed me to look into the subject deeply. Whether it was viewing other people's blogs on the subject to understand their point of view on how people can grow as better humans, or doing research on my own, I was able to learn quite a bit.

One of the sources I used very often were a series of videos from a motivational speaker by the name of Les Brown. I used him the majority of the time because his speeches were something that made the most sense to me. I would have to say, he really lived up to his title of motivational speaker because his speeches "motivated" me to write a few posts. The way he was able to hook me through what he was saying for those short 20 minute segments and allow me to comprehend his words was fascinating. I even ended up talking about him to my mom and she actually said that she had met him before at her old j…

Dreams: Behind the Reasoning

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Last week, I covered a dream that had been recurring for the past month. I dove into it and extracted the reasoning as to why the various things that occurred happened. This time, I am going to go into detail as to just why we have dreams, and how you can have dreams that will actually help you grow.

Chances are, if you are human you've had a dream that didn't make sense to you. You've wondered why the things that occurred in it happened. What if I could convince you that just about everything that  happened in your dream, happened for a reason and just about every "odd" sight or scene has some kind of symbolic meaning directly related to your life? According to Antti Revonsuo from a BBC documentary titled: Horizon - Why Do We Dream, "certain dreams occur to help us prepare for when a similar situation happens in real life" (Horizon). So people can think of the word simulation, as another term for dream. It's an interesting concept to think about be…

When Anxiety & Depression Strikes

When people say life isn't easy and nobody's perfect, I find that to be true. Just because you observe that someone's life looks perfect, you never know what they could be truly hiding inside. I was watching a video from a guy named Chris Pirillo on YouTube. In it, his wife said some things about her going through and anxiety issue she had be going through for quite some time now but she had been hiding it and acting like nothing was wrong. Even her husband Chris didn't know until he watched the footage.
The way this relates to me is that I am currently going through the same thing. It's actually been about a year that this has been going on. You can partially tell by the series of posts where I talked about "The Non Believer","The Dreamer", and "The Maniac". All of those posts were created at peak periods when  I didn't even know what I was going to do next, and what to do with myself and my life.  For me, it got so bad that a gi…

When dreams become so realistic

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Have you ever had a dream that seemed so realistic that you have you actually think as to whether it really happened? I personally have had many of those. One time recently. I had a dream about a giant hand in the sky. The hand somehow had a name. It was called Atlus. That hand had symbols etched all over it. Those symbols seemed to glow at about sunset everyday. In the dream, I was with my brother. We were at the bottom of my street trying to save little kids' basketballs from rolling down the hill and into the water. What was strange about it was that my street look almost identical to the real one. Only thing was that the bottom of the street had a shoreline like a beach. Very sandy and rocky. When I threw a ball back up the hill to a kid, I walked up the hill with them and then I noticed the hand in the background. It was daytime so it wasn't glowing. The moment I reached halfway up the hill It started to glow an orange hue around the circle on the back of the hand and w…

Be A Legend

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In the song above titled The Believer, singer John Legend and rapper Common speak about how they plan to grow to be legends and kings in what they do (Sing and rap). They mean kings hypothetically of course. They speak in a double entendre. I said before they want to be kings but not Kings as in king of England they mean that they want to be looked up to by everyone else due to the powerful words that they speak. And thus, the moral of this post: Live to be a legend.
Many people tend to live their lives at a limit. For example many people take a job but do not try their hardest to be the best at it to the point where other people look up to them. And personally, I feel as if the reason why many people do not do this is because they are afraid of the conflicts they will attract throughout the process. Many people do not want to fight against the opposition. They would rather limit themselves so they don't have to face it at all. Another example being a personal one: “I have a You…

Forever

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Before reading the rest of this I highly recommend listening to this video and then while reading, listen to it again. The reason I am instructing this is so that you can understand where I'm coming from in this post. Your mind will be immersed in the atmosphere that the music conveys.

Now. The title of the video is called "Forever Begins" it's a song by the artist named Common.

This song inspires me to write this because the whole purpose of the song, the central theme of the song is that although things might seem gone (people too), they still exist/live on forever. Now this means that whether you've lost a loved one, don't think that they are gone forever because they live  on through memories, songs, words, or pretty much any way that makes you think of them.

A second meaning and a personal inspirational thing I got out of this song is that basically they (Common and his father Lonnie Lynn) are talking about how forever begins when things you do, say, or…

Anger

Not only is this blog about helping others grow and be successful, it also includes analyzing my persona, and talking about things that occur in my head psychologically in order to help myself grow as a person. So without further ado, a post talking about one fault in my persona, anger.

Birds Flock Together

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Now what does this title mean? Ask yourself this question first. Then read what I am about to write. You see, the dialect of this post is going to be almost like I am speaking to you face to face.

But now, my title "Birds Flock Together" is actually part of a phrase by a motivational speaker named Les Brown. In it, he says "Birds of a feather, flock together." Yes this rhymes, but that isn't the point, the point he is trying to make is that if

One Life to Live

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You only have one life to live, so make the most of everyday. Make the most of everyday, because you never know what will happen to you tomorrow.

A man named Les Brown (Yes, I've quoted him many times but hey, he's amazing) said that when people were told that they were going to die in a few months, they finally decided to truly live. Now I'm not saying they weren't "alive" before, I'm saying that before they were told about dying in lets say 3 months, they were the most

Give Em' Hell

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Now this post might sound a little different from the previous few, but essentially the idea is still existent.  It is still focused on personal growth and success. I want to first start out by saying that I was inspired to write this post based on the song "The Fighters" by Gym Class Heroes. I will talk about a few of the

Happiness Comes From Others

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Way back in early October when I started my YouTube channel, I was thinking it would never grow. I thought that since other channels were talking about the same stuff I did, nobody would even give mine a chance. Especially when there are other channels that do what I do professionally. But the moment I

Stay Positive

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Something I learned from an inspirational speaker named Les Brown is about staying positive  Now he used an example saying that for a lot of people, when things aren't going their way, they become negative. As if the negativity is going to make anything better. Another example he used was the fact that when some people don't get a job, they see that as a reason to slander the employer. But also

B.R.A.C.E.ing to Achieve

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Now most if not all of you are wondering in your head, "What is this dude talking about? What do you mean BRACE myself?" But what I mean is not what you are thinking most likely. BRACE is another acronym. BRACE stands for:

B - Back to the basics
R - Reboot yourself everyday:

Winning the Day: The Lego Bricks to an Overall Goal

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As part of the whole focus of this blog. I discovered a video from a guy named Kevin Bracy. He was talking about how most people try to make New Years Resolutions and that we as human beings are so focused on achieving goals deep within our future that we forget about the most important thing, winning the day. He actually referred it as "Win the Day".

My Next Project

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Lately I've been taking a lot of photos of what I eat. And finally I thought to myself, "I need a place to post my shots for the whole world's viewing." But the main thing was that I didn't want it to be a social network since I'm slowly leaving the social networking picture. Facebook is no longer in my brain. And  Twitter is next on the list. Also Instagram is still a social network no matter what you say. So a brilliant idea popped into my head. I have a YouTube channel called NextGen Windows, so to begin making my brand NG (NextGen), I have finally decided on making a food photography blog. Where I'll start off taking photos with everyone's most convenient item that they take everywhere. Their phone. Then later I'll upgrade to a full fledged DSLR camera.

So without further a-do I am pleased to announce NextGen Foodtography. Sometimes you might see it written as NextGenFoodtography, or NGF. But they are all essentially the same thing. Only an a…

Video Game Music That Triggers Emotions

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Most of us that have played a video game have heard music in it that activated our emotions. For me, this post will be simple and to the point. Here's a few of the music that triggered memories and emotional response from me.

P.S. : Notice the trend.

Video Games Today Have a Serious Problem

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As the title says, RPGs today have a major problem. I've played 2 of the supposed top RPGs in 2012 for PC: Guild Wars 2 and Diablo III. The main problem with these is that the original titles were super fun, but the recently released sequels are not nearly as fun. Could be because I'm a lot older and my tastes could have changed. But one game in particular seems to have its whole community in an uproar.
This game, Diablo III is the infamous game I am speaking of. This game's predecessors Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction were all great games that I spent hours playing, and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction lasted about a decade and still sees regular players playing it to this day. But Diablo III, seems to have dropped in players in under a year. It was released on May 15, 2012, and as of now, January 5, 2013 (9 months later), its showing a drastic drop in players. One reason is because of the RMAH (Real Money Auction House). Basically allowing you to sel…