” Living the Dream”? What exactly does this mean? I have been hearing this a lot lately, now I know this saying has been around probably for as long as Mankind? But seriously what exactly does it mean, especially when we all have different dreams from each other.
For me living the dream would be on my own little Island with all I need and away from all the chaos, ugliness and hatred, that is within this society of today. Maybe for someone else it might be, being free to do whatever they want to do and whenever they want to do it, just maybe someones dream would be like the American Dream? Which consists of, a house, a white picket fence, a family and a pet, now what most take for granted is, they both still are a dream and we all dream differently, with no two dreams being alike.
Do dreams really come true? Well……………… The jury is still out deliberating on this one, only because everything that comes to us, is there for a reason, everything that happens to us happens for a reason, it is just that we have to find that reason, so we than can move forward on our paths of this journey, better and stronger than ever before. It’s the reason part that we take for granted and most of us, never truly understand this part, so we usually skip this this and move on to the next part of the journey, which then has us all never finding any kind of reason for anything at all. As we walk through this journey. People and things come across our paths, they all have a reason for crossing our paths and will just never…. Just happen, for instance………… Someone wins big on a lottery scratch ticket, this doesn’t happen just because you picked the right ticket, it happened for a reason and it’s up to you to find that reason, so you than can truly understand the phrase of ” Living the Dream”.
True that living the dream is a form of reality for us all with different outcomes for each of us, so now the next time someone says to you ” hey how are you doing”, you can respond in a different way with the same words of living the dream, as now you actually mean what you say, with a true reasoning for whatever dream you are living.
Most dreams usually happen at night while we are sleeping and when we wake, we usually do not remember what we dreamt of while we slept, so as we say to each other the words of, ” living the dream”, how can we actually live a dream if we are awake within reality? With a dream we either do not remember, or it is something fictitious that never really happens. I think maybe we all get so caught up within our own little worlds, with these worlds becoming our own little safe havens, that we then look at them kind of like being on our own little islands, as we try to escape all the ugliness and hatred that is around us today? We can day dream of something, but mostly of what a day dream is, we are escaping the ugliness of what is around us at the present time, either way we look at what a dream is, it is still something fictitious, so we than can escape whether for a short time, the reality of our paths we walk, through this journey of life.
” Living the dream is something we say to each other as it is only a fictitious reality and not true reality”
” Some may be fortunate enough to actually remember their nightly dreams, as most do not, a dream is still just a dream and not true reality”
” A day dream is our way of escaping our realities even just for a short time”
” Everything that comes to us and happens to us there is a reason for it, it then lies on us to find that reason so we can understand better our realities as we walk our paths through this journey of life”
To be a Champion in any team sport, comes down to the fact that, it’s not about one or two guys, it is totally a team effort and the Boston Bruins have proved that with the great season they are having. On the verge of yet another Stanley cup victory and the way they as a team rebounded from a lack luster performance in game two, they go two games to one in game three, in the best of a seven game series. Game three wasn’t just a win for the Bruins, they did so in the house of the St. Louis blues and in a dominating way, final score was seven to two, while going four for four on the power play also. This team has a good mix of veteran players, as well as great young talent, with a coach that has his finger on the pulse of each game. Chemistry is another part of being a true champion, it is how you are respected by your teammates, knowing your teammates so you can move as one on the ice with pin point passing, as you gain control of the puck away from the other team. The team whether on the ice or off the ice, has to bond together and be ready to battle for each other, like being a family, with the coaches being the parents of the family. These Boston Bruins are a special group, that have come together in harmony, as they put aside the ego’s to work hard at achieving the most prestigious trophy in all of sports…………….. Lord’s Stanley cup.
The Bruins might of dominated in last nights game three match up, but let’s not forget the St. Louis Blues, this team is built very similar to the Bruins, I am sure game four these Blues will be ready to battle once again, the Bruins will have to be ready for the fight and respond as they did in game three. To get this far and be the last two teams standing within the league, with a chance of being the champions of the hockey world, says a lot of both these teams, now with these Bruins being two wins away from the coveted prize, is no time to become comfortable, as the last two wins are just as hard as the last fourteen. For those true fans of the game of hockey, you have basically two seasons in one and we the fans are blessed with such a great game, now through the years the game has had some changes to it, like being a much faster game then years before, but the basics of the game stay in tact, like the first season being the regular season and the second season being the playoffs. With the playoffs there is a slogan we call ” Mission sixteen”, basically we call it that because it takes sixteen wins to win the playoffs and become the keeper of Lord’s Stanley’s cup.
My earliest memory of these Bruins was also against the St. Louis Blues, with the now famous greatest player to ever lace up the skates………… He is Bobby Orr and with an assist from Derek Sanderson, the rest is history with Bobby flying through the air in front of the goalie, for the goal and the winner of Lord’s Stanley’s cup. The Boston Bruins have a rich history and being one of the six original teams within the National Hockey League, not too mention some of the great hockey talent to wear the spoke “B” on their chest, is the reason why I myself Bleed black and gold. With two more wins this special team of the Boston Bruins can cement their names within the rich history of the organization.
Like Tom Brady has become the G. O. A. T. of the football world, we here in the city of Boston has witnessed two G. O. A. T’s of their sports, with Tom Brady and Bobby Orr. There is a lot of sports history here in the city of Boston and with the Bruins on the brink of winning a championship, along with the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots all in the same season, which hasn’t been done since the season of 1935/1936, truly gives this city of Boston the title of ” Titletown U. S. A.”.
I love the game of hockey, played the game when I was younger and with my favorite team so deep in the playoffs, like two wins away from winning Lord’s Stanley’s cup deep, it is very exciting right now, with all eyes on this special team. A team that has battled adversity all season, a team that has bonded together more than a team, they have bonded like a family on and off the ice and has been fun too watch this bonding all season. This team has been resilient all season and watching them in game two and game three, proves just how resilient they are, with an ugly performance in two, and a great performance in three. Would love to see this team finish mission sixteen, as not just for the reward for the players on a great season, but for the third time in the same season, the city of Boston can cue the Duck boats once again, for this type of celebration will never get old, especially with my favorite team.
” In team sports there is never an I, as it takes the whole team to work as one and become a true champion”
” The Stanley cup is the most prestigious and hardest trophy to win of all the sports, which makes hockey the coolest game on ice”
” To be a G. O. A. T. of your sport means that you are the Greatest Of All Time”
” Mission 16 in the game of hockey starts with the playoffs as you are on a mission to win 16 more games to be a true champion of the sport you play and love”
Through the uncharted water’s there is much uncharted land for which to explore and see all the true beauty that is within. At first glance it may not look that inviting? But when you look deeply within as you walk within the dense forest, you clearly see what is hiding deep within the forest, it’s true beauty and the heartbeat of Mother Nature. Land that is still untouched by man, land that the Wildlife roam free, land that in a lot of places you need a canoe or a kayak to get to, as there are no roads leading into it, which is why this land still holds it’s true beauty today.
Some within today’s society get so caught up within the cities, they have no idea of the true beauty around them, they have no idea that there is still uncharted land and water’s all around them, the only way to see this is, to really get out and explore all that is around you. We all work our 9 to 5’s, do our everyday chores, take vacations within our favorite places every year, instead off doing something different, we all get so caught up within the same routine, that we forget there is a far bigger world out there and even a world that, gets lost in the shuffle of life. There is so much to explore, that we don’t even try simply because, we don’t want to get away from the comfort zone we are currently within. Very true within this society we need to make money to survive, but while we are busy making that money, real life is passing us by. we go to our 9 to 5’s and in the process of us making money, we step on each other shine without even seeing at where we are stepping, only because we use each other to get ahead of each other, we think that this is the norm? But this is far from the norm and totally why there is so much ugliness and hatred all around us.
Then there are these ones who totally say what we want to hear, so they can get our votes and become our so called leader’s, as they then forget of what they said to us and only do as they wish for their own agendas? They bicker and attack their fellow constituents, as if we are not here…………. The people who not only put them in office, but the people who they actually work for. There are two parties within the walls of Washington DC, but the way they are all so divided, you would think there are many more than two? They totally think they are doing us all a favor by being in the walls of Washington DC, they really have no clue of how to do the proper job that they are suppose to do. But what they can not see is, the fact that their ideas are so whacked, but yet still push them on the rest of us.
We all walk a path through this journey of life, but when we don’t get out and explore all the uncharted lands and the water, then we are not truly walking through this journey as we should be, we are becoming so stagnant that, we are getting in each others way, instead of helping and loving one another, as Jesus showed us when he came to us and walked his journey with us. There is so much more to this journey, but unless we get out and explore, we will never experience the more and only keep furthering, what we may think is all what this life holds.
” The uncharted waters and the uncharted lands, they are their for us to explore, to see the true beauty and keep moving forward better always”
” We are all so full of ourselves, we clearly can not see any good that is around us”
” The two party system does work, just that we can’t stop fighting with each other to truly see that it does work”
” With the true faith in Jesus Christ as well as ourselves, the uncharted waters we shall see is there for us to explore and cleanse us of our pain and hurt”
The World’s highest peak that is mount Everest is a mere 29,029 feet, but what is even more important is the death zone of that mountain, the zone where you need to be prepared and totally know of what you are doing is 26,000 feet, at the death zone elevation is where anything can happen and you need to be hyper-vigilant of your surroundings at all times, not too mention what is happening to yourself in the way of elevation changes as well. There is no messing around hiking this mountain and at no time, should this mountain be used as a conversation piece to brag to others that, ” I have done something you haven’t”. even those in the most tip top shape have struggled hiking this mountain, simply because the elevation is the biggest factor in being totally prepared to hike this mountain.
Hiking this mountain and being above the 26,000 elevation mark is, kind of like a diver in the ocean going below a certain depth, the diver gets what is known as the Bends, when he surfaces he then has to get within a decompression chamber to decompress from the ” decompression sickness”, from ascending to quickly, even with the oxygen or the nitrogen in their tanks they still get this sickness, which is something that nobody climbing mount Everest even thinks about when they climb the worlds highest peak.
Right now the deaths on mount Everest is at an all time high and the Government of Nepal is not even thinking of making any changes to the rules? Right now if you show up with the $11,000 they will issue a permit to you, without even checking your mountaineering skills, or even the health condition of your present self, it is like all things today and about the money, especially for the small country of Nepal looking to survive within today’s world.
I put the blame squarely on all the social media platforms out there and the fact that people hike within areas without being totally prepared, just to gain a bigger presence on these platforms with more followers. Let’s look at a page on Facebook for instance, this page is called I hiked the 4,000 footers club in New Hampshire, this page has people posting pictures and bragging of their hike, with a lot of these hikers, not wearing the proper foot gear, or even carrying the proper equipment to be ready for whatever they may encounter, let’s go one step further here and the fact that, there is not enough adequate parking for all, so they park on the side of an interstate highway, just so they can put pictures up on their Facebook page or whatever social media platform they are using. Hiking anywhere within the white mountains of New Hampshire you need to be prepared for anything, especially the sudden changes in the weather, it can and will snow on the top of mount Washington in the summer and when you can’t find the trail because of the snow, then you need maybe a compass and even be able to see where you are just by looking at the sky, or just maybe remember your surroundings for the return trip. I noticed on my hikes a lot of times, people are looking in front of them for a trail marker and not looking at what is around them? What happens if that marker is not there for whatever reason? What do you do then? When you are above the tree line you see a pile of rocks, what are they? And what are they called? They are Carns and they mark the trail for you to follow.
This picture of the people climbing mount Everest, what is the biggest problem of this picture? If you said the line of people and being way to close to each other, you are 100% correct, because if one of them misstep and fall, now you have a domino effect of all going down and with the cliffs on both sides……………. Well with common sense you can see what is going to happen there. Even with the oxygen they are breathing from the tanks on their backs, that is still not enough at the altitude they are in, then you add in the fact that, when these people get to the top they want to take a ” selfie” and most definitely, they want people to see who they are in the picture, so they then take off the mask of oxygen for the picture, but they don’t realize that, even the seconds that the mask is off, is seconds to long at that elevation. Your body at that elevation is already changing and parts of the body is shutting down, because we are not cut out for this type of rigorous endeavor, no matter how much in shape you think you are? Just like all the deaths happening on mount Everest, there are deaths happening in the white mountains of New Hampshire, simply because people are embarking on these hikes without being properly prepared, for what ever might cross their paths, whether it’s the proper foot gear, to enough water to stay hydrated, or even the proper snacks for protein, or even carrying the right gear in the pack, just in case your stuck in a weather condition that changes drastically, no matter what the hike, you need to be well prepared and ready for anything that you may encounter along your path, of any journey you embark on.
” Be prepared is the biggest of the Boy Scout’s motto and something we all need to adhere to within the journey of life”
” A traffic jam of people on the worlds tallest peak, is something that should never be and dangerous for all stuck within the traffic jam”
” Just because you have $11,000 should never be all it takes to hike the worlds tallest peak”
” Social media platforms are being used in a way they were never designed to be used, because we the people misuse everything we touch without thinking through the ramifications of our actions”
Close Encounters of the third kind? More like Close Encounter with Mother Nature is more like it. Yes these clouds are cool looking, but they truly show how, that Mother Nature can go from total beauty, to total destruction in the blink of an eye. Never cross Mother Nature as she can totally unleash her fury on everything around her and nothing will stop her.
I have hiked Mount Washington in New Hampshire many times and with those times, I have seen as well the true beauty that mountain holds, plus all the different weather conditions that cruise over the summit of the mountain. Those weather conditions are the actions of Mother Nature flexing her muscles, changing the landscape of the Earth, by washing and cleaning all that we see and all that is around us. A lot of the change that comes to us, as we walk our paths of this journey, comes directly from Mother Nature, those Tulips you planted from a seed in your garden and are now in full bloom as a beautiful flower, that is directly from Mother Nature, as she has watered with the tear drops from heaven, or for you and me, the rain that is raining upon the Earth during the month of April.
Mother Nature is full of many changes all around us, some come with great destruction, as well as some with the soft touch of love, showing her true beauty to us all. When you get out and explore all that Mother Nature has in store for us, you can come to appreciate all that is around you better, so when you see the destructive part of Mother Nature, you than can come to respect her just as well, knowing that in an instant, all that you have can be wiped clear, as you then start anew, along your path of this journey through life.
Just as Mother Nature can flip that switch of being so beautiful one minute, we to can flip that same switch the next minute and as we see what we see around us today, you can clearly see we have lost control of that switch, with all the ugliness and hatred around us, which is similar to the wrath of Mother Nature, unleashing that beauty into an all out fury, on whatever is in her way, we do the same thing on each other and we don’t even know we are doing it, until we wake up and realize of what we are doing. The actions of mother nature and the actions of each of us, are all part of this journey, we just have to know when to get out and explore all that is around us, so we than can have a deep respect for what is around us, without not truly seeing and feeling what is around us, then taking an action of destruction, instead an action of love, showing the true beauty that is truly around us.
” The beauty is right there in front of us, we need to get out and explore to truly see it”
” The many faces of mother nature, just like the many faces of each of us”
” Mother Nature knows when to unleash her fury as she washes and cleans all that is around us”
” Unlike mother nature we have lost control of that switch, which we can clearly see by all the ugliness and hatred all around us”
With camping season upon us once again, you are now entering into another dimension, a dimension that puts you into a whole different zone, a zone known as the camping zone, which also comes with it’s own time zone, the time zone you are now on as you are camping within nature is known as, ” Camp Time”!!!
When you are on camp time, you just go with the flow of the day, without being pressured into any set time, like within the 9 to 5 where everything is measured by time, even as you sit to take a lunch break. Time is money is all you hear within the 9 to 5, well within the camp time, it’s about relaxing and doing when you feel like doing, sitting back and totally enjoying what’s around you, like the sounds of nature which are soothing and calming, if only the 9 to 5 time was more like the camp time, then just maybe, as we walk our paths through this journey, we could do so with less stress and with less stress, maybe we would all get along and totally share the love within, with each other every day.
This picture is what true camping is about, a little speck of land within the true beauty of nature. The lake, the mountains, the wilderness, all this and more as you become one with nature and totally unwind from the daily 9 to 5. Within this picture is nothing but peace and serenity and as you become deep within camp time, you can clearly hear all the sounds of nature all around you, the sounds of nature vary day to day, but the one constant would be, being surrounded by the peace and serenity, as through that constant, the stress of the 9 to 5 melts from your body, the clouds within your mind then becomes clear and you see more deeply everything that is around you.
Just as the Twilight zone is fiction on television, the camp time zone is reality and puts you into a place that is real, a place where you can actually feel and touch everything around you, pitch a tent, set the camp site, now build a campfire, all that is left is to simply relax within nature and with each new day, embark on a different adventure within nature, then back at camp for the nightly meal and relaxing by the camp fire. Some may camp within a trailer on wheels, with the comforts of home, that is camping yes and depending on the location? When you are in a trailer park with a lot of people and many activities to do, this is not true camping, as now there is no ” Camp Time”, with each activity having you on their time zone, true camping is deep within the woods of mother nature, where the only activities are the ones you make up as you go, with the daily walks within nature on your camp time, let’s not forget that within the woods of mother nature and with less people, you are now surrounded with true peace and serenity, to listen to the true sounds of nature, so you can truly heal from the stress of the 9 to 5, let the stress melt from your body and the clouds within your mind disappear, as you see more clearly of everything around you. The body can not handle all the stress we feed to it, just that we never enter enough into the ” Camping Time Zone”.
” The camping time zone is real, unlike the the twilight zone on TV”
” This journey is not about being stressed all the time, stress is not healthy and will keep us from being truly of who we are”
” The mountains, the lake, the wilderness, the bear, the moose……….Oh My!!!!! ”
” Let’s all enter within the Camp Time Zone more often, become one with mother nature, letting this journey be more peaceful and happy”
Power, Beauty, majestic, not too mention a keen eyesight to see clearly everything that is around him. The American Bald Eagle was picked to be our nations symbol for a reason, for when you look deeply into that reason, everything that the Eagle is, so we can walk our paths through this journey of life. To watch the Eagle fly through the skies with the greatest of ease and really, with zero effort at all, those big powerful wings flapping away to give him speed, as then with the wind currents, he glides a great distance as far as the eye can see. The Eagle is our symbol here in America, quite simply because, he mirrors all the same qualities of each of us, we to are powerful, beautiful, majestic and with such great vision, we can see far and near, we can see what is and then predict what is to be? The biggest difference between the Eagle and us is, they can fly through the great big blue yonder, as we need help from a plane or a helicopter.
Having great vision is key to truly seeing all that is around you, but the issue with us is the fact that we are all part of a society and what we bring to society, will shape what society will become. The society for which we live today is so screwed up, it is very hard to see clearly through all the clouds of each others judgments. Everybody has a view and we all think that our own view is the correct and right way, but if we all have the correct view, then which view is truly the correct one? What ever view has been good for you, may not necessarily be correct for another, simply because we are all not the same, yes we have some similarities, but we are more unique to each other than similar, the problem is, we do not use this uniqueness as we should, instead and even more so within this society, we would rather step on each other, bring great harm and pain to each other, just so we can appear to be more powerful than each other. Until we get off our high horse, this society will never change, we will keep attacking one another for really no reason at all, except the fact that we ourselves want to appear more powerful than anything else on this planet of Earth.
You have some within this society who are so blinded by the clouds of their judgments, they clearly can not see any true reality even if it bit them on the cheek, even further there are others who want to change what we are, change where we came from, why? I have no clue, except maybe that they themselves have been hurt so deep by something, that just maybe they are trying to hide everything that reminds them of that pain, as they try further to move forward with the fake self that they try to portray. What they do not understand is, you can never truly change what has happened, it will always be there, everything happens for a reason, it is up to us to find that reason, so we can make the necessary improvements, fix what we need to fix, as we than can truly move forward better and stronger. It is not our place to take away things in the past just because we want to, just because those things may remind ourselves of our ugliness, maybe those same things bring joy and happiness to another? It is not right to change things just because, this is not how true change works. True change is we adjusting ourselves to all that is around us, true change comes when we accept the what was, so we than can change what we need, fix what we need to fix, then take the proper steps moving forward, to be better and stronger with each step, as we all walk our paths through this journey of life.
” Jesus showed us how to accept true change and what would happen if we don’t, the choice is yours just don’t let it affect another”
” The Eagle may be sitting quietly, but he truly is very powerful with beauty as he soars the open skies”
” With great vision comes great strength, as we than can face anything head on, to truly accept change as we then become truly of who we are”
Such a tragedy in a place that, there is suppose to be peace and serenity, a place where you go to escape the ugliness? Although this poor Individual unexpectedly walked right into it. The Individual in question had served three tours in Iraq, came home not the same man he once was, he suffered from PTSD and depression, his wife says he would sleep all day and either watch TV, or play video games by night, the two had separated as he fell further into depression. Finally one day he wanted to truly find himself again, so he took to the trails of the Appalachian trail. This trail is supposed to be about peace and serenity, while you walk within nature, it helps you to clear your mind and feed your soul, it is not suppose to have any ugliness on the trail at all, but unfortunately, the ugliness found him in the form of an mentally deranged Individual.
This Soldier of three tours didn’t ask for this, as all he wanted was to truly find of who he once was, so he can continue moving forwarded better and stronger throughout this journey. Yes the person responsible was captured and brought to justice, but a little too late for this true American Veteran hero, as now he will never get that second chance, to be of truly who he really was.
Sometimes life just isn’t fair, this journey and all that happens within it, will bring great pain and hurt, this journey will turn us into someone we truly are not, with all the ugliness that is around us, most of the time it isn’t even our fault, as a lot of our pain and sufferings comes from another, or a situation that we have entered into. Then as we try to fix ourselves, it becomes even worse, as we then try to escape into a place where we think is safe, a place that has nothing but beauty all around at every turn, then unexpectedly, we are facing ugliness square in the eyes.
This tragic event within the trails of the Appalachian trail, should really of never happened, as this trail is within mother nature, with all the true beauty you can see far and near, when you plan this hike and take the first step on this great trail, the last thought in your head is any kind of ugly thought. There are many who hike, have hiked and will be hiking this trail, they do so because they have become lost on their path of this journey, they want to embark on a place, where they can clear the clouds of their judgments and truly get back to who they truly are. Depression no matter how you have entered within, will eat you from the inside out, while most of the time you hide deep within yourself and never let anybody in. The great Robin Williams is perfect example, as he brought us all to laughter, while he suffered deeply within, from this silent killer known as, ” Depression”. It can and will strike anybody and does not discriminate. Just like a member of the animal kingdom who prey on the weak for their next meal, so does a mentally deranged Individual prey on the weak, so they can feel more powerful, in their warped and twisted mind. The problem lies with our so called Leader’s who when they need more cash for their agendas, the first thing they cut is mental institutions, so now these Individuals have no where to turn, except maybe those who are around them and in a negative way, instead of a positive way. Yes in depression we don’t want others to know, nor do we not want to acknowledge, we have become victim of this depression, but when we take steps to fight it and instead we find the ugliness, this is what makes the actions so tragic, as we try to move forward better and stronger, along our paths of this journey through life.
” Go from three tours in a hostile place to, back home and try to be the same person you once was”
” The Appalachian trail is deep within mother natures beauty, the problem then lies with each of us turning to the ugliness and burying who we truly are”