"The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do, they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time." - Future Ted
That’s how it goes, kids. The friends, neighbours, drinking buddies, and partners in crime you love so much when you’re young… As the years go by, you just lose thouch. That being said, I did manage to keep track of a few people.
Well done, Grand Rapids. #grandrapids #puremichigan #beercity
Grand Rapids with these dudes.
I spent the day judging High School Speech Sectionals in Indiana.
Honestly, I went into it with a poor attitude and it turned out to be a really fulfilling experience. Spending the day with a bunch of teens who most would label “misfits” and watching them display some incredible talent was a much-needed reminder of how awesome our differences are.
That’s been my theme this week: Love what makes each person different. It makes the world so much more interesting. I’m going to be more intentional about embracing differences as opposed to judging them. Seems like a good plan.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
It’s all snowy outside. #Indianapolis #Indy #winter #snow #architecture #bricks #window
Cheers to one of the strangest, most turbulent years of my life. I went to London, graduated college (on strict disciplinary probation), got a job, moved back in with my family for a couple months, made some new friends and created more memories with some incredible people.
Let’s see what 2014 has in store!