Are you ready? This is not political

Sometimes we forget about the delicacy of life

We are consumed by consumption

Enamored by lavishness

Distracted by technology

Always wanting more

We tend to lose sight of the beauty in the simplistic

Those who have lost the most

Are the most thankful for the least

They have learned to take nothing for granted

When death enters your life there are many different reactions

Grief on different magnitudes

Different ways of coping

Processing

But death can also be the corrective lens to see life

When knowledge of death’s imminence is brought to light

Time becomes focal

Interactions become vital

Breathing gains importance

As days come and go

As we age and grow

Remember nothing is infinite

Remember everything matters

Lose sleep for the sunrise

Chase after the sunset

Be awake and aware for beauty in its entirety

Tell someone you love them, mean it

Tell someone you care

Life’s too important for games

To delicate to take advantage of

Be genuine

Be kind

Live fully, freely, and happily

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Life Gets Hard, Life Gets Tough

For Everyone:

Every day is not easy

There are trials and tribulations

Times when you are down and don’t know where to turn

I know of friends who are going through difficult things now

There may be people reading this who are struggling with things

You may not be going through it today or even tomorrow

But there will be days you will struggle

Just remember you will persevere

Keep your head up and stay positive

Turn to those friends or loved ones you know you can lean on

When they are having a tough time let them lean on you

At the end of the day

Know everything will be alright.

“Life gets hard, and life gets tough,

but sometimes you gotta find,

a little bit of truth amongst all the lies,

and know everything will be alright.

I know everything will be alright”

-Sequoyah Prep School

Perspective

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

Journey

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

Judgement

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?

Twilight

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