Month: January 2017

compassionate future - mountain-man-life

How Would I Like To Be Remembered?

How would I like to be remembered?

I’d like my life to remind people of the value of always being open to new experiences. If it kills me, so it goes. Life is here to be lived. Now, I don’t consider myself a thrill-seeker. But I also don’t want to spend my life avoiding all risks. There are many things, tangible and intangible, that we can take pleasure in. Some, indeed, may be healthier than others, at least physically.

But we must also consider health from the mental and emotional perspectives. What is a physically healthy life without a mentally and emotionally healthy life? I, personally, seem to thrive on newness. Stagnation is the enemy. There is so much to be seen, felt, heard, touched, and tasted in this world.

Sometimes our routines can limit the breadth and depth of our human experience. Sometimes we stop taking chances and start missing out on all that life has to offer. Sometimes life puts very difficult choices on our plates and our options feel limited. Sometimes we don’t feel like we’ve made the right choice. And sometimes we feel like we are completely out of options.

But some people live their entire lives without options. So, for those of us that do have them, No matter how difficult or humiliating they may seem, We must be grateful. If we have options, then we are blessed. We have the chance to change our lives. We have an opportunity for improvement.

And I think we owe it to those that do not have options to, at the very least, be empathetic to the struggles and pains of others. And, if we can, to spend our lives working to increase the options for those that currently have none.

Bare Bones Featured Image

Bare Bones

Bare bones. Clothing stripped away.

The true self no longer hidden.

Naked. Cold. Afraid.

Afraid to be seen. Afraid to be judged.

Afraid to shine like the bright light you are.

Afraid to let the world see your beauty.


Yes, the world will see you.

And yes, the world may judge you.

But their judgments cannot make you any less beautiful.

The world can be cruel, but it will only tear you down if you allow it.

The only power they have over your life is the power YOU grant.

You are powerful. You are unique.

There is nothing you cannot achieve if you set your mind to it,

And you are willing to work,

To strive and to struggle.

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sometimes, of course, it appears brighter than others.

And sometimes, we simply need to open our eyes to remember that it is there.