“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”  – Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes, when I’m alone, I ask myself all sorts of questions. Am I building something now? Am I the person I’ve always wanted to be? If not, am I becoming that person or did I get lost on the way? Are my dreams coming true? You know, the type of questions one does not like to ask. But I keep asking them, I keep trying to find answers. Continue reading

Beauty will save the world

beautyDostoyevsky once said that beauty will save the world. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn kind of agreed with him in his 1970 Nobel Lecture. (that’s just an excerpt but it’s so worth reading.)

Beauty will save the world.

But what exactly is beauty? How can you define it? Continue reading

A beautiful life

wanderer“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” – Roman Payne

It seems to me that we spend most of our lives searching for beauty. We pursue happiness. We’re looking for that one person to cure us of the need for anyone else. To cure us of loneliness, self-doubt, or negative thoughts. We act as if we’re broken and someone or something is going to cure that.

But isn’t it true that we’re the ones who make life beautiful or not? Isn’t it true that only our thoughts can distinguish between happiness and suffering? That it’s all about us, about what we think and what we feel and what we see. Continue reading

The dash


“Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s okay. You’re here to live your life, not to make everyone understand.” – Banksy

You know what’s easy?

Spending your life wishing for “enough.” Enough money, enough food, enough sleep, enough leisure time. You wish your life away wanting comfort and safety.

Life is neither comfortable nor safe.

Life is a struggle. Always moving one second at a time towards death.

We are born and then we die. What we do in between either echoes in eternity or is forgotten the moment we die.

What we do in the dash. What we build, what we love…what we lived for, what we were willing to die for.

Make no mistake. No one ever settled for less than what they were capable of and didn’t regret it in the end.

So, what are you capable of?

How can you know unless you push yourself? Unless you dream, imagine, and aspire to reach those dreams?

Unless you step outside of your comfort zone, unless you set yourself up for failure, you’ll never live life the way it’s meant to be lived.

You have this one life. This one chance.

Make it count.

Friday Review: Don’t Listen to Your Parents by Andrew Krehbiel

Don'tListen_cover (1)Listen. Not hear, listen. Without judgement. I don’t have to believe in everything they say. They’re human. I’m human. I have to remind myself to hear them out. They might give me an idea of how to live.

Andrew Krehbiel is trying to change the world through his writing. His essays on freedom, religion, sex, and so on are compelling to read. After all, we get to see inside someone else’s mind.

But this book is more about thinking for yourself than anything else. It’s about finding your own truth, your own path, your own beliefs. It’s about arriving at a certain conclusion and being damn certain that you’re the one responsible for it.

And, yes, I believe his is right. You can only arrive at the conclusion that you are becoming more than what your environment has shaped when you decide to shape your environment.

A remarkable read indeed.


Andrew Krehbiel resides somewhere in the United States. He’s a young adult trying to make this world a better place through writing. While he’s not writing, he’s either driving people around town, eating, meditating, or sleeping. His parents loved him as a child, but he’s not listening to their actions any more. 

You can purchase Don’t Listen to Your Parents on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

You can also get in touch with the author via social media. His Facebook Page is here. His Twitter account here.

The fight

strength“You never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills

I’m going to tell you something no motivational speaker would ever dare tell you: genuine strength can’t be taught, learned, bought, borrowed, or understood. Genuine strength, defined as the ambition, courage, and stamina to do whatever you want to do most in this world comes from the realization that you are the only one who’s going to pay the price for success.

That is it.

You really don’t need someone to keep you motivated, someone to keep an eye on you so you don’t become lazy. There’s no point in doing something if you can’t do it by yourself, for yourself, because you can and want to.

I enjoy watching those motivational videos on Youtube, or reading about this or that person who reached a breaking point in their life. I like to read about struggles that makes us human. But it never really helped me achieve anything.

The truth is, you have to do this by yourself. The moment you can’t find any more excuses, the moment you can’t blame anyone else for your mistakes, that’s when you can either give up or try again. You can run and hide, or simply try to take over the world.

It’s really simple. Continue reading

Interview with Mick Theebs

MickTheebsPhoto1. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a New Englander born and bred. I am a writer and an artist, though I was only formally schooled in writing. I have been writing for most of my life. I have achieved some small success with my work, having had a few poems and short pieces published, but none of my longer works have been picked up yet. Visual art is a more recent passion. One day, I decided I would like to be a painter and bought some art supplies. Things snowballed from there. Continue reading