Individuality equates to uniqueness

Not one individual is the same as another

Commonalities exist between individuals

Differences are prevalent

We are one of a kind

Perspective is how one interprets

Our individual perspective is shaped in life

By our experiences, our culture, our values

We see things a certain way

We attach emotions to certain things

We prioritize our lives based on perspective

Two individuals looking at the same piece of artwork

Listening to the same piece of music

Tasting the same dish of food

Smelling the same flower

Touching the same form of material

Can have drastically different perspectives

One can attach a positive emotion to those experiences

The other may attach a negative emotion

Neither one may necessarily be right

Neither one may be wrong

Perspective is personal evaluation

Universally there may not be a right or wrong

Understanding perspective is important in how we communicate

How we build connections

The more open-minded you are to others’ perspectives

The easier it is to sympathize and understand them

Let those individuals with different perspectives enhance your life

Let them teach you a different way of seeing the world

May they broaden your horizons and open your mind

Go against rigidity

Not all perspectives have morality

Not all are good in the common sense of the word

Defining good and evil is another topic to tackle

For now it’s perspective

Through the knowledge of which can help us in disagreements

Help us to build friendships

Help us to build an identity



No matter the destination

Focus on the journey

The path you follow

Wherever it may lead

Be mindful of it

Embrace its complexity

Adore its beauty

Move past it’s hurdles

There may be bridges to cross

Bridges that fall

Bridges that burn

There may be people that pass

People to pass

Or people headed in a different direction

Don’t analyze your pace

Don’t let others sway you on your way

Own this journey

It is your own

Your own feet gliding across the ground

Your own legs pushing you further

Your own hips swinging back and forth

All of you moving in synchronization

Feel this movement and appreciate it

You are as unique as each step you take

You will never take the same one twice

So enjoy your way as you progress down this path

And don’t look too far to the horizon

Look up, look around you, look beneath you

Breath in the air as it grazes your face and runs through your hair

Feel the warmth of the sun as it hits your skin

You’re in this moment

In this place

Enjoy your journey


A relational concept

That compares and contrasts

A habit which we develop at a young age

Through experiences of self

How our cognition processes events

Developed by years of learned correlations

Through consequences and rewards

Quick to judge

Is synonymous with close mindedness

However instant judgment is inescapable

Through conditioning we make a brief judgment

Have you learned to create space from that initial conception?

To allow for more information to become available

To learn more about a situation or person

Without biases

Your initial judgement may be correct

May be incorrect

But it’s how you determine that

And your willingness for that to be determined

That is important

You ultimately determine how you judge

You’re life has given you those experiences to make that determination

In relation to others

How judgmental are you?

Shall you judge yourself?


As light crashes with darkness

Pastels splashed across the canvas of sky

Rays spreading to the unknown

A new day is coming

What beauty does light illuminate

What contrast does darkness illustrate

For one is not known without the other

Darkness will teach preservation

As the moon and stars twinkle amongst a sea of black

Eyes become adjusted to seek the light

For when brightness of civilization spreads upward

A cloud of illumination masks nature’s nightlights

Move towards barren lands

The abyss of darkness will be speckled with beautiful bright lights

Without darkness there is no measure of light

As I come from a place of darkness

I measured my light within it’s grasp

Its malleability allowed for the darkness to overcome

Light flaring from me

The tip of flames dancing

Fading into the night

Overcome by a black hole

Mine flickered trying to maintain strength

Removed from that darkness

Strengthening its potential by feeding the flames

Infusing more power

Finding other light to utilize

Don’t take advantage

Then the darkness owned will come forward

Use any darkness to contrast the light

Realizing it’s true nature

Not to be manipulated

To harness, cherish, and share

True full illumination

As rays reach far

Touching peers

Light becomes dominant

Be with more suns

Past twilight

Pumping Notes through My Veins

You are so dynamic, so diverse, and yet so universal

As I scream to you at the top of my lungs

My voice cracking trying to reach your ascent

I may not have a perfect voice but I don’t care

I get lost within you

You speak to me in a way nothing else can

I can take you with me on the road with the windows down and the world to hear

My friends and I love you unconditionally

We continue to discover more about you

More things we fall for

You have the perfect words for every situation

You say them in a way I only wish I could think of

You continue to change and adapt

I love the old you

And I love the new you

You speak for my heart and soul

Come with me where ever I go and let me sing to you

Let me listen in silence as I think about life

You are my escape and my drug

And when my time here is done

I know my life will have been filled with you

And I will live on through you

You instill everlasting memories

Which are recalled upon your first chords

You bring about tears

You by yourself move the hearts of many

You are the universal language of love, pain, happiness, despair

Of all emotions, thoughts, and feelings

You bring people from all walks of life together

In admiration of you

Each note pumps from my speakers and headphones to my eardrums

And my heart follows your beat

I feel whole

To music,

Love Ben

To Write

This is the piece of me that I hold dear

More so recently than ever before

It is how I translate the beautiful chaos that surrounds me

Its imperfection is a reflection of mine

There’s no set form

No set rhyme

The product does look similar throughout

With short lines and thoughts

Words that describe and paint a picture

Ideas and mindsets that follow a pattern

Not one piece is truly finished or encompassing

I process and type

I let my mind dictate the direction

I share these pieces to those who I feel connected with first

To those who know me

The positive reactions surpass the negative

I am thankful for that

I share these to social media with one word titles

Are “likes” nice?

Of course

One loves to feel appreciated

In reality my intention has always been to inspire

To initiate thinking

To share a different view

A different way of thinking

To seek out others with similar thoughts

To share positivity

To share love

To tell people they are not alone

To help people

To sympathize

To talk about life

This piece of mine compiled of pieces

Combinations of letters and spaces

Is my art

I will share this with you

I hope you enjoy

Thankful Part 2

To everyone (yes that includes you)

This year as you gather with loved ones I challenge you to take a moment and look around at the faces that surround you. These are some of the most influential people in your life. These are relatives, friends, and significant others. These are the people who love you unconditionally, who support you no matter what, and who will have an impact on your life forever. Not every holiday is conventional, so if you are alone this holiday season then take a moment to remember. Remember as many moments you can of those who have touched your life in some way. Be thankful for every second you shared with them, especially if they do surround you today. In 28 years I have seen a lot of friends come and go, relationships start and end, family members here and then gone. Every person I’ve ever encountered has had a profound impact on me and the person I have become. Nothing is eternal. Nothing lasts forever. Every second you breathe should be cherished, because life is about something more than just existence. I love all of you. I say that now because I am not guaranteed tomorrow to say it then. No one is. I love every person who has come and shown me new ideas, new interests, challenged my beliefs, and accepted me for who I am beneath the skin. Some if not all of you have brought out the best in me and sometimes without me recognizing it, and for that I am incredibly thankful. Unfortunately sometimes it takes the loss of an important person to open your eyes to how much they have meant to you. So now more than ever tell whoever you can how much you appreciate them, love them, and are thankful for them. Get over grudges, work through hatred, and forgive bad times. Tell everyone who has ever had a positive impact on you, no matter how big or small, how much you appreciate them. I appreciate and love all of you, every single friend, family member, acquaintance, and coworker. You have all meant the world to me. I am eternally thankful for you.