Month: June 2014

Seriously Silly

“Time and place..” currently one of my favorite phrases because it seems to be applicable to almost everything. There is a time and place for all actions you take, but the one that is most relevant to me currently is seriousness. We’re constantly told to act this way or react in a particular manner, but always told to maintain composure and be serious. Being serious is tiring, it wears away on how you actually want to act and molds you into that cubicle worker with a 9-5 shift. Boring, boring, boring. It’s time to alter the norm and change up what is so common in business’ today. Look at Google for instance, they allow their employees to be creative and work in a “silly” atmosphere. This encourages workers to embrace their individuality and doesn’t tie them down to the seriousness usually involved with big corporations. They work for enjoyment and therefore get more things done and know when to be serious.

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The reason why I talk about this seriousness is because if you are continually serious and just conform to what everyone else is doing, you are bound to make your personality more shallow. Be yourself and let out your creativity. Don’t get trapped behind the molded exterior people may want to see. Follow your dreams and pursue what actually interests you. Above all, enjoy your work and love what you do because if you can do that, your “silliness” will be as much a part of you as it is your work.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Seriously.

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

 

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Letting out my inner sorority girl..

Bought some hightop white converse this weekend and I still can’t stop laughing

It’s Okay to Own a Diary

             “An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” This quote is in one of my all time favorite movies Inception and really intrigues me. Once an idea is planted in your head, you twist the thought around in every which way predicting which outcomes are likely or if it is even realistic. Overthinking becomes not a choice, but rather an automatic response. Whether it be a picture you see, a video you watch, or something said to you, your brain embeds that and forces further thought. Most are scared of this though, that overthinking is a bad thing. Thinking about something too often will ruin you or harm you in some way and in some ways it is true. But the focus of all this is how one simple idea or thought can change your mood, your attitude, or even your life.

Thoughts and ideas are powerful beyond measure and they are often forgotten because they aren’t written down or slip from our short-term memory too soon. To me, forgetting a good idea or losing a thought is extremely annoying and frustrating. My advice: keep a journal. Now before you go running away from my blog, I promise you that I don’t have a My Little Pony Diary and find satisfaction in watching the bachelorette, because I don’t. All I am trying to say is keep your thoughts and ideas in something where they all stay together. You’d be surprised at the ease of carrying around a small notepad and writing down things when you have a crazy idea. On another note, you may have ideas that may be out of the norm or be considered crazy, but write them down anyway! You never know, your ideas could change the lives of others or make someone happier when they need it most. You have the chance to change the world, all you have to do is think. (well remember those thoughts too..)

That’s all I’ve got for you all this week. Thanks for all the feedback thus far!

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

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The Power of a Picture

A picture is worth a thousand words.. or however that phrase may actually go. Photography showcases the incredible, extraordinary, or even basic things that you may be doing. I can honestly say I’m the biggest fan of pictures primarily because it allows me to relish in memories that I created when it was taken and even see what others may be up to. Pictures give me an opportunity to see something that I’ve never seen before and can tell a story in a way that words just simply can’t. My advice: take as many pictures as you can, you will appreciate them that much more as you grow older.

But there is one small detail that I chose to leave out and that is not only the importance of taking pictures in a mass quantity, but making sure that those pictures aren’t your sole focus. I say this because it’s easy to hide behind your camera lens or your phone screen just snapping pictures for the entirety of an event or trip, but are you actually experiencing what you’re photographing? It’s incredibly important to be actually present and fully engaged when you’re in these situations. I guarantee that the times you will make if you put your camera down and actually experience what is at hand by just being present will be more memorable in the long run.

Pictures without a context have no real meaning, so if your focus isn’t solely on the pictures, but rather the actual creation of memories, the photographs that you do have will really mean something to you and those that were with you. This is not me trying to say stop taking pictures, because that’s completely wrong, all I am really trying to say is to live in the moment while you are physically there. Make memories based on the sites you see and those special people around you and only then will those pictures serve a real purpose. Plus, you’ll get SO many more likes on Instagram if your pictures have a purpose.. Just saying haha. That’s all I’ve got for you all this week, see you next Monday!

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this one can be described with one:

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A Boating Mindset

It seems as if I’m currently living life through a suitcase. In my last post, A Universal Language, I was traveling trough the great country of Canada and now I’m sitting in a log cabin overlooking a scenic lake in the backroads of North Carolina. As I look out onto the lake, I see something extremely unfamiliar in day to day life. Something that is only attainable when you’re experiencing real happiness. As people go by one another riding across the current and the waves, a simple smile and a hand raises up. Why is it that anytime you pass another boat, you smile and wave?

I like to call this a boating mindset, a mindset in which you have no worries and others are treated as an equal, not a threat or competition. In the boating mindset, happiness is just something that comes with riding around and enjoying the atmosphere. In addition to people waving and smiling, there is another facet to the boating mindset. Simply put, it is a loss of interest in time and worries. When riding on a boat worries are forgotten and stress is lost. It should be a goal to live a life that encapsulates this no worry thought process.

So my question is, why is this lifestyle only lived out on the water? Why do people not smile and wave when they are just passing you in the streets or when they see you in class? It’s easy to wave and even easier to smile, so why not do both when you’re out of the water. Be cognizant that a simple wave to someone who may not expect it, can directly affect there day. Chase after a life that will give you a boating mindset, and if you think it’s unattainable with a situation you’re in, try and think of a time that it was possible and make the changes necessary to smile once again. Finishing note, your mindset controls you and if you have less stress you single-handedly encourage your success.

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

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A Universal Language

Everyone is different. Every person reacts to situations differently with every action being taken created from personal thoughts or your own perceived thoughts on how society may want you to act. Everything you do varies and stems from personal desires. The one thing though that is shared by all, a universal language quite frankly, is a smile. No matter what language you speak, no matter how you act, a simple smile can express what words and actions may never be able to do.

As I traveled out of the US and into French speaking Canada, I couldn’t help but become frustrated with my inability to communicate. I had to point at things I wanted to eat while being served in restaurants, use hand motions to get more water, and all at the same time still try to be friendly without saying anything. I was looked upon as an outsider, someone who just didn’t seem to belong. For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had no significance. As I sat listening to French, I started thinking to myself.. Can I please just have some pizza or something that tastes good. I’m looking at words that have absolutely no meaning to me (seriously even in McDonalds I didn’t know what they were serving — I ordered a MacPoulet?) Regardless, as I thought more and more about the barrier between our languages, one thing we held in common was that smiling was a language we both understood.

Smiling is associated with happiness wherever you may go, so use it to your advantage. If others know you’re friendly by smiling, they are going to be more likely to approach you and strike up a conversation. Being around a lifeless, smile-less individual drags you down in every aspect. In regards to my last blog post, your name is everything. So when your name is associated with smiling and happiness, those people will want to spend more time with you and just be around such an uplifting individual. Know that every time you smile, you have the chance and opportunity to create happiness and make someones day. Smiling and happiness go hand in hand, so if you happen to take anything from this post, please try and take this – make it your goal to be fluent in the universal language. Smile often and be quick to laugh, happiness is created by you.

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

Biking through the mountains of Maine

Had to take a selfie while biking through the mountains of Maine