Wake Your Ass Up!

The alarm goes off. You cry a little bit inside. You don’t want to get out of bed. Not again. Not this.

Anything but this.

You want to go back to sleep, back to the comfortable warmth of dreams that make sense only to you.

But you do get up. You have to.

Unfortunately, you left a part of yourself wrapped in the blanket…

You walk around like a zombie. You get angry at minor things. People’s only purpose is to annoy you.

Why does it have to be this hard?

Can’t you just stay in bed all day and watch funny Youtube videos?

This is how your whole life flies by you.

Most people never wake up.

They never fully understand that here and now is all we ever get.

Step outside your comfort zone. Get outside your head. Welcome the grind.

Here and now is where you make your dreams come true.

Day in and day out.

One step at a time…

Do this over and over again, one day the alarm won’t startle you in the morning.

For you’ll already be up, excited about working on your dreams.

Dreams and hopes

Ever since I can remember I have aspired for greatness.

Ambitious, they’d call me.

I wasn’t afraid to dream big.

But, you see, life takes its toll on us. It clips our wings…

Makes us afraid.

We end up calling ourselves realists… We decide that some dreams aren’t meant to be.

Well, I don’t believe that.

We have to fight for our dreams, especially when we don’t believe in them anymore, for yearning will destroy us.

We have to fight and keep on fighting.

That’s the only way to live a life without regrets.

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Brick by brick

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.”Will Smith

They say patience is a virtue. They also say patience is not necessarily the ability to wait, but rather the manner in which you wait.

Truth be told, life is lived one day at a time. Novels are written one word at a time.

Great walls are built one brick at a time.

We often desire change. We daydream about being and having and all that but we seldom act on those dreams.

The distance seems impossibly long.

Life’s not a sprint. You don’t have to run your lungs out to be succesful.

Life is a marathon.

Put one foot in front of the others. Do that in the good days, do that in the bad days.

Consistency is key.

And that’s how you build your wall.

Scars

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” – Henry Rollins

We are held back by past dissapointments and regrets. We are held back by idea that we have suffered in the past.

We all have scars. Embedded deep inside us. We all suffered. One way or another.

It’s just life. It just how it goes.

But what should we do with our scars?

We should learn. Realize that we were taught a lesson. A painful one indeed, but a lesson nonetheless.

We grow through hardships. Never forget that.

You vs. You

We all have dreams and wishes. We all have flaws we wish we had not.

We also have a lot of excuses why we’re not who we’d like to be. From headaches to heartaches to heartbreaks. Parents, the economy, our friends, our own lack of skills in any given area.

All the people who told you it can’t be done.

All the nights you fell asleep telling yourself that it really can’t be done.

They’re all excuses. Granted, some or better than others.

But… It’s extremely important that you realize that you’re the only one who’s holding yourself back.

Who you decide to be is your only excuse.

So what if there’s no one around to support you? So what if the economy is in ruins? So what?

It only stops you if you decide to quit.

As a matter of fact, as long as you keep going, you can never lose.

It’s you vs. you.

Never forget that.

Angel? Demon?

angelsThe truth is that at some deep unconscious level we’re all broken. The sad truth of this world is that we’ve all been broken, lied to, cheated, or left behind. We’ve all lost something and we all miss people we’ve never even met. We all attach a certain melancholic beauty to memories that never even happened.

There’s good and bad in every person you meet. There’s beauty in searching for the good parts, there’s something noble about pretending that their light is all you see.
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Book review: Stygian by Sean Michael

cover“Exiles feed on dreams of hope.”Aeschylus, Agammemon

Art first became a craft. Then it became an industry. Or a bunch of industries. Fueled by certain technological advances, art has been plagued by the world’t desire for instant gratification. It’s all rules and guides.

But before all this, art was emotion.

This is Stygian.

Some ninety-something pages of pure emotion.

“If you found me in nowhere, would you take me by the hand and lead me somewhere?” – Stygian

One poem after another, Sean Michael builds an intricate web of feelings and emotions. You can taste it all, you can see it, you can feel in on your skin. It’s dark and gritty, it’s powerful.

But that’s what art is supposed to be, right?

As cheesy as this sounds, but art has to make us feel something. Take us outside our comfort zone, make us use your empathy and imagination and find a place where there’s no hope to be found.

A hope we find on our return to what we call reality.

The one flaw of this book?

It’s only ninety-something pages of pure emotion.

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You can buy Stygian on Amazon.com here.