To hold you over

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I’m working on papers, papers contingent on my graduating in May so I’m hoping that you’ll be willing to enjoy this post to hold you over until I can get back to writing regularly. Think about this though, there are very few people who will go to any lengths to help you. Here’s another picture that I wish I could show to a couple people and hope they would get what it means.

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Sports Interviews and Sportsing

Okay, so I’m not the biggest fan of sports. I’ll watch them once in awhile (preferably the local teams because I know the one’s who are playing), and occasionally I might play (usually Ultimate Frisbee). But the televised sports, those are a real pain in the neck for me. I can usually sit through some of the big ones like the Superbowl, but often I’m just hanging out with friends for that.

Beyond that, the order of sports would be soccer, basketball, football, baseball, maybe wrestling somewhere in there…you see I really don’t care oftentimes.

But soccer I enjoy the most, followed by basketball. After that they all kind of meld together. Anyways, the entire point of this post, besides me sharing a little bit about my feelings for professional sports, was this picture that I had seen on Facebook before and from my point of view, was pretty damn true.

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Beginning the Internship

I began my 600 hour internship today at SUNY Adirondack. It’s one of my last major tasks to complete before I get my masters degree. Initially I was nervous, as any person is before they begin working someplace new; but as the day came to an end, I found myself enjoying the work immensely. Now I haven’t exactly done much, merely observed today and helped prepare a couple things, but the people.

I always find it difficult to meet new people, let alone new groups of people. And that’s what today was. Me, one person I knew, and about a dozen I didn’t. Needless to say, I had a somewhat difficult time in the morning, but towards the afternoon I began to lighten up a bit, open up and talk with some of the students and my co-workers. I found, as usual, that my new co-workers and the students who work in that office are an awesome bunch and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them.

Just this one day solidified that student affairs is the place for me. Whether it be in Upward Bound or Residence Life or Student Activities or a Learning Center or any other location on campus. As long as I have interaction with students, I’m pretty sure that I’ll enjoy it. I think the only other thing that would satisfy me just as much would be tutoring or teaching mathematics.

I’m beginning to realize that it’s possible to have a career and do what you’re passionate about. For me, that’s invaluable because much of my family has always done what’s necessary to have a sufficient income, but I want more. I want to be able to live a brilliant life where I can be passionate and work. I see no reason to separate the two, and too many people that I know have done that because they see or know of no other way.

So why do I say all this?

First of all, I really do enjoy my new co-workers and I hope that I can continue to work with them long after my internship is over.

Second, I want to encourage others to work towards combining your passion and your job. “If you do what you love*, you will never work a day in your life. (Marc Anthony)”

So this internship, I’m sure you’ll hear about it again. For now though, I’m gonna enjoy it.

 

*I don’t necessarily agree with the word love here, I think it’s vastly overused, you’ll probably see an article sometime soon about that

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

There is something about living a real life that is enticing to me. Too many people just get up and go to work and come home and have dinner and go to bed to just rinse and repeat the next day.

I don’t want to do that.

Ever.

And if I do, please someone do something to snap me out of it.

So awhile back I found two things that really ended up getting me into really thinking about what it is I want out of life. I found them both from Trent Hamm’s website when I was really into learning about debt and other such things.

The first I initially ran into thanks to Upward Bound, that was Tuesdays with Morrie. But the second I found thanks to Trent, and that was Randy Pausch. He gave a truly inspiring lecture, one that even though I can’t quote directly from it, I know that it gave me a desire to change where I was headed. I didn’t want a boring 9-5 job. I didn’t want to get “back to the grind.” Hell I never want to be in the grind in the first place.

But anyways, enough of me rambling on, first a quote from his book The Last Lecture, and then you can watch the video. Now it’s a long’un. But trust me. Watch Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture and you won’t be disappointed.

I always look for the good in people, because how can you say that someone is always bad?

“Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Giving happiness

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Do you know how many people tend to just make themselves happy?

I do the same thing sometimes, but lately more often than not, I find myself doing things that make others happy. I find myself putting other’s happiness above my own.

And believe me, sometimes it hurts. Why does it hurt? Because I’m giving of myself to others constantly, but they aren’t giving back.

The thing is, when you give of yourself to others it will cost something of you. Were others to give of themselves to you, you would find yourself filled.

That is the world you must build around yourself. It will be long, and it will be difficult, but it is possible. In order to get others to change, you first have to change yourself.

Change yourself and you’ll give others around you permission to change as well. So make others happy, and eventually you will run into others like you and change those around you as well.