So, today, is not only New Years Eve but also caps off my 21st consecutive day of work. Last new years I was alone in my room half asleep. While my entire family downstairs was cheering and blowing horns. ha. This year I get to join my girlfriends family for their festivities. 2011 was a good year. And it picked up at in the final months. After a year or so lost in dead end jobs, scraping every penny off the ground, hustling my photography.. I finally found a good spot to settle in. Two amazing jobs. Two even more amazing parents. One big amazing family. Amazing girlfriend. Amazing God. I don't think I could have asked for any more in the past year. I don't think I could ask for anymore for the future, but for it to continue being amazing. It's going to be a bigger year in 2012. Got a lot of plans and projects to share with everyone. Happy New Years. - God is Love
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
In the year 2010, I blogged 115 posts. This year I blogged.. 65 and still counting. Last year at this time I told my friend Due that I wanted to double my posts for 2011. Well, unless I want to keep punching out blogs for the next 10 days, I'd be well on my way. But after reading almost all of my blog posts from the past year, I feel really happy about writing a lot less. My blogs from past years were almost all about love, and heartbreak and relationships and blah blah. Not saying that they weren't good. My feelings have changed when writing about the one I love. You know that phrase "This is an A and B conversation, so you can C your way out of it". That's how I thought about writing about, well, my love. I feel like when you let that 'C' into your conversation, or in a part of your life that only requires that 'A' and 'B', thats when it goes 'D'. D stands for "Down". And goes Down to 'E'. Which stands for "End". That may be why celebrities have struggles with holding onto marriages. Because the whole world knows about all their business. Which is why I had stopped directly blogging and talking about my relationship with my lady. No one needs to know the business of you and your partner in love but you and that person. And God. I have no emotion to write about my relationship but happiness. And, me blogging about how happy I am isn't very useful. ha. Anyway, moral of the story... You don't need anyones help, to figure out your relationship. - God is Love
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
If I say something, no one listens, maybe one or two. Jay-Z says something, everyone listens, everyone acts. Everyone is influenced.
Regular people can be of great influence to others as well. But I also want to reach the masses. - God is Love
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I had some really inspiring and motivating conversations today.. this is how I'll sum them both up...
For your ambitions and your goals to be absolutely satisfied, you must love apart from them. We can't just seek success to obtain material wealth. Our goals can't just be seeking financial stability. We must live, we must love deeper than that. People will see right through you. People will not see YOU. They will see wealth, money, personal success above the person you are. My father said something to me a couple weeks ago, he said, "Be thankful that we live in a country where a man isn't defined by his financial status and job title. We are judged by our character. A man who collects garbage will still own the same amount of respect as a CEO, because of the kind of PERSON he is".
We must love apart from ourselves. Our person goals. Do it for your family. Do it for the people that are starving in other countries. You must be out of your mind if you want to be a millionaire and live in your downtown suite or lofty mansion and not think that there are people out there who don't have homes, don't have shacks, don't have pants, don't have underwear, don't have shoes, don't have clean water etc. That's what I mean when I say love apart from ourselves. There's no reason we should have something if we're not willing to share it. We all have the power to change the world, change someones life at any level. Now if you've ever wished to have superpowers, or to be a super hero.. well, here's your chance. - God is Love
Thank you, Jermi.
Thank you, Alyssa.
I wish both of you the best of life.
Thank you, Jermi.
Thank you, Alyssa.
I wish both of you the best of life.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
People will always want something more, even if what they have is all they need. Unfortunately, it's how we work. I'm sure at one time or another you've asked yourself, why you couldn't be good at something, or have this and that. Some of my friends got brand new expensive cars when they graduated high school and I used to say, man, why couldn't I get a beamer or a escalade for my graduation, all I have is this '91 honda civic! I realized that hey, some other people would be more than happy to have my car. To have a car, period. Some people can't afford cars, some kids have to save up for years to get a car thats even older than mine. So who am I, who are we to act like we think we deserve more than what we need? The thing is, most of us think this way, because, well, we are humans, and secondly, we're just straight up ignorant. The reason why we want more than what we need is because we don't realize our blessings. We're too worried about what we don't have as opposed to what we do. What we're blessed with, and what we have and how we look isn't always going to be what we want, but it's EXACTLY, what we need and need to be. And that's MORE than enough - God is Love
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Don't you hate "the run around"? In another phrase "beating around the bush". It's more obvious than sarcasm, but the thing with sarcasm is that you can joke about it. When someones giving you the run-around it's hard to just tell that person to get to the point without sounding confrontational. Why do people do that? Why we do we do that? Why can't we all just say how we feel at that very moment, straight up? Oh.. the questions of life that will always be answered but never learned from. - God is Love
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
There's something about change, that triggers people to become more in-tune with life. I guess that's what change is about. Showing us how prepared we are for it, even though it's unexpected. More so, whether we'll be able to change or will we fall back. Or fall down. Or, fall. If there's one thing I know, Life, is a balancing act. - God is Love
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Working more closely with autism, I notice that they are very routine based. They do the same things every day. It's hard to take them out of their routines. It throws them off. It's hard to shake habits, especially bad ones if it's part of their routine. Autistic or not I think everyone has some sort of routine they follow day to day. I know I do. It might not be habits, chores, physical routines. Some may be emotional, personal routines. The good thing about routines is that it trains discipline. The bad thing with routines is that everything changes, everyday. And if they don't change right away, they might change later. Or, they might not, ever. It may be as simple as a bus running late. Might throw you off, make you late for class or work. It might be something as deep as routines in relationships. We might think that in our relationships that when an argument occurs or an event occurs that it will end up the same as the first and the last time. We can't expect those things to be the same. We don't control those people, we don't control those things.
The biggest thing I've learned at work is Prevention. The word speaks for itself. If there is something we need to change, something that is changing.. go back to the root of it. Take it out, and plant a new seed. And grow. Though the leaves may change, they might fall, the tree stands firm through it all. - God is Love
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Man, for real. I'm speechless. The best 22 years of my life and it just keeps getting better. Thanks to everyone. And I really mean it. EVERYONE, that I've gotten to share a piece of my life with, whether it be my friends, my family, a person who reads this blog. I really say thanks. - God is Love
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
People want to be original. People want to be the first. No one wants to say where they are from. They all want to say, it started with them. And most of the time, it's not.
I believe some of us, young people and older try to be original, by not being fake. What I mean by that is, when something cool happens, like a trend, a style, a fashion.. we'll see it from somewhere. And we'll pick it up. But most people never acknowledge where they got it from. Because, that would be considered "biting" or being a "follower". That's what I mean. Some of us try and show that we are original because we hide where we originally gotten it from. If you started something or made something and that person saw you and did the same thing and called it theirs. Wouldn't you get a little irked? But if that person said, yo, I got it from (insert your name here), don't call that person a biter, they're just showing you love. Don't hide who inspires you because that person may be inspired by you too.
I'm sure the phrase "BE YOURSELF" has been gettin' crammed in our minds for a while so I'll say this, people will acknowledge you more, if you acknowledge other people. Basically, give credit where credit is due. Give respect, and you'll get respect in return. - God is love
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ever since I decided to try out that "other blog" site(that I still hate even though I'm a user) I've come to realize how.. creepy, egotistical, obnoxious, dishonest, psychotic and self-centered my generation of people and younger are. Which although discourages me, inspires me to change it all. - God is Love
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Lately, it's almost as if it's corny to love. What's so corny about love? I feel as if these days want people want to show that love is for suckas, relationships restrict your freedom and independence, I am independent, I'm on my grind, I'm doing me, I'm doing what's best for me, if another person can't take the way I am then forget them.. blah blah blah blazay blah. There's really nothing wrong with some of those things. But people want to be a "hard rock when you really are a gem". People want to create this hard shell where they can do anything they want. With no fear. But no feelings. And if that's you out there and you're reading this, great. Good for you. I'm glad you're on your ?hit. But don't forget.. Love, sensitivity, FEELINGS, is a great thing to express. To possess. And if you can't let yourself take that ride of ups and downs that love takes you through even with yourself? How can you ever expect anyone to go on that ride with you? Or take you on the ride with them? It's OKAY, to let yourself love. Don't be afraid of what's good for you. - God is Love
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Have you ever met someone you think you wouldn't relate to/be friends with but end up feeling the opposite after you had gotten to know them? I've met a lot of wonderful people over the course of my young life. Have seen people grow, seen people change. Met a lot of strangers than became friends. Met a lot of, strangers. ha. I've seen unsuspecting people form strong bonds. I went to a youth conference in 2005 and I didn't really expect much from it. When I got there I kinda figured the attendees would be similar to other churches or youth groups or youth events I've been to. When I got there I met people who didn't look like they belonged there. There were spike studded leather jackets, coloured mohawks, tattoos and even an ex convict. From a conservative stand-point, coming from a conservative family and conservative church, those things were, y'know, bad. ha. In my head I was like, these guys must be new here.. or.. they're probably rebellious kids forced to be here by their parents or something. But later, I had spoken to one of these people, even listened to one of these people speak and they were the most on-fire people for God I've ever witnessed then. And that moment and that conference was a defining point for the rest of my life.
Stereo-typing is always going to be here. Us humans, we rely on those kind of things to be able to identify what is what. Even with objects. We look at the packaging, and how something and how someone is packaged defines how they are, the product that is inside the package. Though, more than likely it's not. Say I put toothpaste in a cat food container. Do you not think it would not serve the same purpose even if it's in a cat food container? Or if I put jelly beans in a toothpaste container. They'd still rot my teeth if I used them to brush 'em even if they were inside a tube of colgate.
In Matthew 23:23-27, Jesus criticized a group of people for doing just that. having garbage on the inside, yet pretending to be something or someone good. It really doesn't work that way. Jelly beans are still jelly beans even if you put them in a colgate tube or a tylenol container. If you don't change the inside, it doesn't matter what you put on the outside. And since I don't have anything clever to say at the end of my blogs like I usually do, I think this old saying will do it all justice..
Never, judge a book by it's cover. - God is Love
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Last time I felt like this, I must've been seventeen. But this one is all new, like no copy or extension of anything I've ever seen. Not a thing holds a candle to you, my dove. Even the sun has it's own warmth without you. It's true. And I knew it the first time cause, kissing you is like sitting on the moon, with all the stars in my hand. As you can see it's really hard to comprehend, from such a poor man. But I just, sit back and try not to think about it too much and just say.. lucky me. Cause she's like counting pennies I don't even got. Cause money couldn't hold me anyway. I think and I wrote and I say.. How did such a luxury fall into my lap? Me saying this is the closest thing to a literal fact. You know, in the morning when I see you, with those eyes I think, I feel like electricity is running underneath my skin, every time we touch, eery time we move, every time we speak it's like, we keep expanding, the limitations of love. So that's why I say.. Forever is not long enough. You believe me when I say that? Forever is not long enough.. Okay. - God is Love
Monday, August 1, 2011
I decided to tackle a steep hill on my long board.. landed face first into the pavement.. got a couple cuts and bruises and a nice road rash on my cheek.. just goes to show, no matter how good you are at something.. you're not always in control.. - God is Love
Friday, July 29, 2011
At 6:30am he's woken up by the alarm on his phone. At 6:30am he's woken up by the sight of her face. He gets up and drags his feet to the washroom. Turns on the faucet and drowns his face in the the palm of water that leaks in between his fingers. Goes back in his room and takes a gulp of the glass of water he left from last night and slips on a pair of grey socks and his favourite blue jeans. Grabs the sneakers on his floor, a flannel from his closet and a square yellow envelope on top of his desk. He runs out to his car and it starts with a loud squeal.
At 7:25 he parks in an alley and runs through the greens and fences and down a quiet street until he reaches a single story house fenced with small boulders and crunched up leaves. He's nervous, a bit tired, but very eager. He walks towards the door, fiddling the yellow envelope in his fingers. He hears the dog on the other side of the door whimper and rattle his cage. He crouches down and opens the mail slot and places the envelope halfway through. He stands in front of the door and waits.
At 7:31 he hears the floors creaking on the other side. She's there. He stands facing the door but his eyes are staring at the envelope, like a cowboy in a shootout looking at his pistol. Slowly the envelope disappears to other side. As a white envelope comes through to his. He grabs it. He exhales.. and walks backwards looking at the door, in hopes that she's staring at him through the peep hole. He smiles and sprints back to the alley.
At 9:00am he's woken up by the warmth of the sun shining on his face through his window. At 9:00am he's woken up by the warmth of her hand caressing his hair. He gets up and drags his feet over to his desk. Picks up the envelope, opens it and pulls out several sheets on lines paper and holds it close to his face.. and drowns his face in the scent she left and she kiss she marked with her lipstick. He takes the last gulp of that glass of water from the night before, sits down, puts on his glasses.. and smiles, with his heart, and reads, his morning paper. - God is Love
It's kind of a random story, but it's true. When you love someone, you'll figure out a lot of different things to make up for not being able to see them. Or to make the time apart, being easier to bare. My girlfriend and I, give each other, Morning Papers.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
People come in and out of our lives like a burger joint. I think that if we all stopped measuring our relationships with people by how often we see or talk to each other then I think we'd have a lot more people staying in, rather than taking out. - God is Love
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I walked into that grade 8 mixer like I'm finna dance. You know how there's that one kid in your grade or at your high school that could really dance. That day, I intended to be that dude. So as soon as the circle broke out I was in it. And after I wooed the crowd with the harlem shake and the c-walk I decided I was gonna go home early. But before I could leave, a girl whom I've never seen before came asked me if I wanted to dance. Looking at her, without hesitation I said.. "Yeah?" It was a slow song. Dilemma. Nelly, Kelly Rowland. I don't remember if I had talked to her through the whole song, or even made eye contact with her. But as soon as the song ended she started to walk out the gym. So I ran after her, and grabbed her arm and said "wow.. uhhm.. I didn't catch your name..?" She told me her name and she kept walking. And I stood there by the door, repeating her name under my breathe. I swear, I couldn't sleep that night. I just wanted the next day to start already so I can get to school and see this girl. I didn't even talk to her, I've never even seen her at school before. But this girl already had me losing sleep. So the next day I went over to where all us 8th graders hung out and I saw her sitting there. The best thing about being in 8th grade and liking someone, is that we don't care about anything. You like that person. You ask them out to be your girlfriend/boyfriend right away. Even if you haven't talked to them at all. So after school, I asked her out. And we went ice-skating. and we held hands. Long story short, we broke up 2 weeks later. She cried in social studies behind her textbook. But a week later she was making out with my best friend in the hallway.
Well, to get to my point.. these days, it's hard to meet someone organically. Some people will be confident enough to ask for your name then add you on facebook and look at all your pictures and mutual friends and figure out if they want to talk to you or not. Whatever happened to.. let's get some coffee? Or.. let's just have a long ass conversation about life and everything in it right here right now who cares if I have a dentist appointment at 4 kinda meeting. Whatever happened to.. "I'll see ya around".. leaving it to chance that maybe you just might see them again. It might cost a bit more, we might have to wait a bit longer but it's worth it to switch to organic. - God is Love
the picture above is that girl from the grade 8 mixer. ha. It's her birthday today. Which is kind of why i wrote this.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Cool, is redefined through life. The generalization of it at least. All of us individually have our own definition of what "cool" is but generally, our take, and our look on what's cool moves with our time, our generation and what we're doing with our time and our generation. I believe, integrity, is what's cool. Our being able to stay consistent through our everyday. Through our actions, our values and morals. To stay grounded in our beliefs. Which then defines how real of a person we are to stay consistent with our actions, though admit our mistakes. Which then leads us to our respectability. The story of our lives isn't all what's cool, it's also how we've told that story. - God is Love
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
All these "Bro-tips" and rules of a gentlemen and any other random anecdotes to a way a man or woman should live by or take into consideration is all baloney to me. They're great. But they're no different than a 24 or Metro newspaper horoscope or a fortune cookie at Hons. They're either things we already know or generalizations. But personal relationships, are situational. And nothing that you read on the internet, or in a newspaper or a fortune cookie is going to tell you how to handle it. We all have manners. We all know what's right from wrong. Everything else, we learn through it. Isn't that the best part about about getting to know someone? Learning who they are. I really wish most young people start to do things more organically, rather than electronically. You don't know someone until you sit down and have a conversation with them, not after you've looked through 84 pages of their tumblr archive. There's a "tip" for ya. - God is Love
Friday, June 10, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
|taken at Cleveland Damn in North Vancouver by Me, Donnel Barroso|
What you can go through, you can go over.
We don't always have to go through certain things because life tells us to. It doesn't make us any less of people if we haven't been through a heartbreak, prisoned, depressed etc. I'm all about life experience, but some things we don't need to go through to make us stronger. Learning from others' experience, whether it be a friend or even in television is good enough for us to know we don't have to or want to go through pain. It takes just as much courage, strength, wisdom and heart to be a better person to not have to go through those situations. It takes just as much, to get over the mountain, than to go through it. - God is Love
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I find the world to be imbalanced. All the time. People get lost moving with the world, or moving against it. I don't think a lot of us realize the middle ground. I don't think that a lot of us think the balance is possible. Or trying hard enough to keep it. I've never been into astrology or nothin' like that, I've probably read my horoscope less than 10 times in my entire life. A good friend of mine who's into that kind'a stuff told me about what being a "Libra" is. Which is what I am. Basically, she said I like to have balance.
Some people who may follow my actions may think I'm trying to be cool, or hip, or rebellious or even hypocritical. Because I move opposite the tide. Because I stand on the other side of the scale. Trust, I don't do it because I want to be noticed, or cool, or whatever. I just, like balance. I like, equality. I like, showing people the other side. But again, I don't believe in that astrology stuff. I like balance. So, let's step off this scale. Stand in this middle ground, and see what life is like together. - God is Love
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Might have to use a little bit of your imagination to follow this one. When it's regular font, it's a male speaking, but when it's in italics, it's the female. This was a small poem/script intro I wrote for a short film called "The Breakfast Story". One day I'll actually get to film it. And that one day will be this summer. So if you like this intro, you'll definitely love the whole thing. Thank you!
The best thing for her to wear in the morning, is whatever I wore the night before. I let her wear my nice shirts. He lets me wear his sweater. We have breakfast. I can make eggs. Shitty eggs. We eat out, for breakfast. Because, he makes shitty eggs. He pretends to not act like a gentlemen, He’s a nice guy. I am the perfect.. Asshole. She’s a bad muthhaa... huh? He gets choked when he catches himself opening the door for me and shit like that.. I like it, I’m not gonna lie. She sounds like Kat Von D, y'know that raspy ?hit..looks like her too but without all the tattoo’s.. I like that. He always talks like he’s UP. I’m high bro.
She makes my coffee. Two creams, pour the sugar for 4.. and a 1/2 seconds. She does everything a... would do for me. But she’s not. That’s cool. We don’t, y’know. Do nothin’. We just ride paper planes and she complains about..
I’m not photogenic
Is there something on my face?
You, are, so, Beautiful
She gets a hot chocolate. What is she like, 5? I make fun of her about that all the time. But when she’s not here I get it. I don’t tell her ‘bout it though. She does things that I wouldn't usually condone.. and I use those things as vices for me not to make anything out of us. But, really, I could care less. But really, I’m, hella scared. I just watch her do what she wants. Put on my nice shirts. Blow these trees. I take her to my spots, I tell her about my...
And what’s real is that we only have breakfast.
we only have breakfast
The best thing for me to wear tonight, is what she'll look good in, for breakfast.
- God is Love
- God is Love
Friday, May 6, 2011
Can someone play me a fricken love song?
Everyone's always "on-the-grind", too busy for a love song. Every woman is ruler, too independent for a love song. Every dude is tryna hustle, too hard for a love song. Some of ya'll trying to figure out where chivalry went, and if it died. Nah, it's in the love song. - God is Love
Thursday, April 28, 2011
|My most favourite place, Bose & Sons old Farm|
I do location scouting for music videos, films and mostly just for myself. Some places I see while I drive by them and go see them later. Some, I stumble upon while cruising on longboard or walking down railways. The best feeling I get when taking photo's of and at these places I find isn't the act of finding.. it's when I get there and completely blank out on all creativity. Everything I know about photography goes away. Forget about composition, forget about angles, forget about everything. And I just have my camera in my hand and I'm jumping rocks, walking through tunnels, running across fields just shooting away at anything that catches my eye. I could just sit in these places for hours, with not a thought in my mind. It's not the photographs, it's The Feeling. - God is Love
It's, not 'cause I can't afford it. I can. Worth it really. It's not cause I'm working that day, or have something else to do or not going to be in the city. It's actually because.. I don't want to. Yeah boi, I'm crazy. Probably the one and only time she'll be in my very own backyard of downtown Vancouver, I'm not, I don't want to see her. This might sound stupid to some of you but I don't want to see her cause I'm expecting.. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Zion - Sister Act 2 - That Thing - Just like Water - Lauryn fuggin' Hill. It might sound ignorant to say, that I want that. But she's just not the same to me. Watching her set at Coachella that my friend mentioned, was, cool. Of course. But if it's anything like what I'm going to see in my city.. If that's what she's gonna give tens of thousands of people.. what is she going to give a couple hundred. What I'm feelin' is best described in this question.. Would you rather see Michael Jordan play during his Chicago Bulls Era.. or.. with the Washington Wizards..? - God is Love
PS. Everyone who is going though, let me know how it goes! I hope ya'll have a wonderful time.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sleep, Value, Chivalry and where it went..
During general conversation, the topic of sleep always comes up. More the loss or lack of sleep. Or some sort of abnormality to ones sleeping pattern. There's a term used "Don't Sleep". I guess referring to how hard someone is working. Always working and never sleeping. I guess "Time is Money" comes next? ha. Anyway, I think if we're losing sleep or having a lack of sleep, there must be something in our lives that we need to spend less time on. Also, if we think that losing sleep because of working hard is a signature of how hard we are working, it's not. If we have to work 24/7 and lose sleep because of it, then we're not working hard enough. They say sleep is the cousin of death.. well, if you're working hard to achieve your dreams... you can't be afraid to die for them. Sleep is where dreams are made. - God is Love
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
It's been a minute since I've mustered up the courage to write. The courage to write.. ? Is that right? The thing with most us people is that when we catch ourselves in contradiction, it's hard to go back to the things we contradicted. And proceed to contradict. Because it feels safer and maybe we'll come back full circle. I believe the fact that we have to learn about ourselves is that we're human. And being human causes us to make mistakes. Which makes us humans, imperfect. Which is, perfectly, fine. We're not perfect, we should understand that. God understands that. I've always felt that most us people feel we have to be at a certain, level, or state of self to come back to.. ourselves. But all we really have to do is say.. Hey, I'm human. Humans make mistakes. I'm not a perfect person and that's perfectly fine. Admit to our mistakes, lay them down on the ground, step over them and move on. Avoiding facing your mistakes, is avoiding love. He will always love you, no, matter, what. - God is Love
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Here's a quick video I made the other day.
Track: James Blake "The Wilhelm Scream"
My friend Casandra texted me the other day saying that I remind her of James Blake, which led me to make this video. So thanks Cas, this is my favourite stop motion I've ever made. - God is Love
Saturday, March 12, 2011
"Excuse me, what's 'sizzle'?.. and, this one? Filet?.. Filet, Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle, Filet, Filet, Filet" And she went on and on. Back and forth between those two words. Wearing a green sports pinny and a hood over her head and jeans that looked like she slid through home plate. Staring at the two signs on each side. Sizzle. Filet. She asked me "What's sizzle?". I was kind of stuck. I didn't know how to describe or define, sizzle. I can't even remember what I had told her but she understood. It was raining, it was windy, it was cold. She stood there, smiling, while everyone around looked at her as she repeated to herself.. "Sizzle, Filet, Sizzle, Filet...".
Sometimes we take for granted the life we're given in this country. And I hope we find little things like my encounter with an asian woman working as a garbage cleaner for public transit. Who was reading Mcdonalds advertisements at the train station to learn english with the biggest smile on her face to remind us of our fortune. With everything happening in Japan, we realize it. But it shouldn't take a world disaster to do so. - God is Love #prayforjapan
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
"Let the truth be told, I think I'm the only ?igga out here who let the truth be told" - Kanye West
Men who lack ambition, claim achievement to worthless things. In turn, achieve nothing and go, nowhere. Ambition and success all boil down to one classic saying, "If you're going to talk the talk, then walk the walk". If you're going to look the part, then act the part. BE the part. Your truth, isn't truth until it is tried to be confused with lies. You're love isn't love until it's come face to face with hatred. Real people, and superficial people look the same up front. Until they are both faced with their antithesis. One get's eaten up, and other, is left over. Standing firm, in the storm. Stop talkin'.. or you'll be left walkin'.. while the rest of us take off. Jets. - God is Love
Sunday, February 27, 2011
He runs his finger through his hair pinching the end of the last strand over and over. Staring blankly at her hunched over his lap with her hair hanging down to floor like an inverted noose. Hung from guilt.
Everything in his being tells him to throw her out. He hates her. He doesn't understand her. He's confused. He's in tears. The silence isn't the same. It isn't the same as mornings in her kitchen making breakfast or the silence in his bed room in the night.
Everything in his being tells him to pull her in. He loves her. He understands. He knows. He's in tears. He grabs her hand to stand her up. She pushes her head into his chest resisting his finger that's pushing her chin up so he can look at her. He takes a step back, she follows. He takes a step to the side, she follows. He takes a step forward, He leads. My dear, we're, slow dancing in a burning room. - God is Love
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
|I took/made this picture on Microsoft Paint in the 9th grade. I thought it was so cool, that right then and there I wanted to take up photography. #lookatmenow #picturesofmychildhood|
I WANT TO BE DIFFERENT!!!!! It's pretty safe to say that with all the booming trends and Lady Gaga's out there that it's, okay, to be different. Everyones different, really. We take the experiences we have in our lives and the people that we meet, and others who inspire us, take it all in and that's, Us, in a human body of differentness. But sometimes our strive to be different is mainly for self purpose. We want to be different, to be noticed as "different". As, unique.
So back to my beginning sentence. I WANNA BE DIFFERENT.
Why do we want to be different? Different from what? Different FOR what? I believe when we strive for difference we don't really try to make, one. Make, a difference, in our, difference. Think about people that we look up to, whether it be our parents, a sibling, a musician, artist, 7-Eleven Clerk(haha) etc. They're our role models for what? For, making an impact in our lives. An inspiration in it. And possibly a difference. Influenced us to be different. To be, ourselves. I guess the point I'm trying to get across is, be different, to make a difference. Because if we're not making a change, than I guess we're just all the same. - God is Love
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Someone must've slipped a little bit of haterade in my water... I'm gonna do this quickly, because I'm not a negative person but hey, I got feelings too.
Things I don't feel...
Pictures of couples wearing Jordans
When people can't comprehend Change
When people do not have the courage to state their opinion to another ones face. And instead going through means of a blog, a tweet, a facebook status, a rumour.
Really tight jeans
The belief that smoking Weed can enhance your artistic and creative ability
The debate on what "Real" Hip Hop is
I don't feel the need to write about any of these topics, so I just wanted to list them off, and continue writing some feel-love, feel-good, Life encouraging thannngss. Alright. Thanks. - God is Love
Friday, February 4, 2011
George: *looks at woman at the cash register .. "You think she's happy?"
George: "The Cashier"
Jerry: "Ruthie Cohen?"
George: "You know her name?"
George: "I don't think I've ever spoken to her"
Jerry: "Maybe that's why she's happy"
Maybe so, Jerry. Maybe so.
The debate between, destiny and free will can go on and on and on. How do we know if the cashier is happier without meeting George. How does George know that? If he doesn't say Hi to her, it might me ruining his destiny. What if not saying hi to the cashier IS his destiny? What if saying Hi to her is his destiny? It's too big of a subject, no one wins, but we all live. And we should live, in balance. - God is Love
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
"Back in the day" I probably would've described myself as a crazy, fun, wild, out-going person. I guess I can still say that about myself, ha. Maybe not "Wild" or "Crazy" but the other ones, yeah. One thing I can describe myself as, and some of you maybe share this with me, is "Sneaker addict". I think I've only made my addiction worse by working at a sneaker store.
Like everyday, I clean my room. I noticed the massive growth of sneaker boxes and sneakers that have took up a quarter of the space in my room. I looked at all my shoes laying around and matched it with the amount of clothes I had. And I thought to myself.. "Man, I need more clothes". Kidding! Nah, I thought, "man what am I gonna do with all these friggin shoes".
A dude comes up to and He's like.. "I'll give you eternal life". So what else can I say but "YES". So he says "Cool, all you gotta do, is take all your shoes, and distribute them all throughout your city until you have no shoes left but the ones you have on". Of course, my first thought was "Man, this dude must be crazy". How could I live with just 1 pair of shoes for the rest of my life? I mean, anyone would be saddened by the thought of just giving away a pair of Jordan's you spent hard earned money on. But the fact is, we do need to let it go. When we go six feet under in that coffin, we're not taking anything with us. Much less, a pair of shoes. Some people don't even wear their kicks cause they don't want them to get dirty. I will say this once, if you're a real Jordan fan, you'd wear the crap out of them. Cause Jordan did.
So after this encounter with this guy I took every shoe in my closet and packed em up in garbage bags. Left a solid 3 or 4 pair to myself and drove off into the city.. so, next time you're in the downtown east side and you see a dude wearing some bomb ass kicks. Well.. y'know. Shoes are meant to be worn, just how lives, are meant to be lived. - God is Love
What's impossible to man, is possible with God. So if you got some kicks you wanna kick out.. I know a lot of people who would love them. Let me know.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The iPhone4 has been sold out for weeks and after 2 weeks of checking 4 different fido's everyday, I still don't have one. I guess it doesn't really matter to me, but I mean, you should see my current phone. One word, PrePaid. I've been checking out some of the cool "apps" the iPhone4 has and it's pretty cool. It's like having my macbook in my pocket, pretty much. I got found this one app that wasn't that high on the scale but it sounds pretty dope. It's called Life. The Life App.
Pretty much, it analyzes your daily routine by sound and video recording and retains whatever information or knowledge or skill that you retain. Then with what it recorded, it grades you on how you've applied what you learned in other tasks. The more you apply yourself, the higher grade you get and the more successful you become in actual life. And if you don't then the app deletes itself off your phone and you'll probably die a miserable death. Kinda cool huh?
Okay y'got me. It's not an iPhone app. Or any digital, electronic mobile phone application. Though, it's the only app you'll ever need. The Life Application. Everyday we feed ourselves and retain a lot of useful stuff. Whether we're in school or sitting at home watching television. A couple years ago I ran into a dude who saw me reading my bible and told me he's read that thing twice, front to back. And read the Qur'an and a bunch of religious books. I was pretty amazed so I asked him what he does? "So what're you, are you a leader of your.. place.. of, worship?" He said "No, I'm an atheist".
So what was all that reading and researching for? He couldn't have just read that book to impress my 16 year old self sitting in a Starbucks. ha. The knowledge and the skills we retain are useless if we don't apply them. They just sit there and your mind just hoards it all. Today my friend Francebelle said "Well, aren't you good at everything?". Y'know what, I am. I'm good at everything I've applied myself in.
So go try it, it's free. The Life App. - God is Love
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Amidst all the whispering, the closed doors, the quiet rooms, the laughing. In between the fake trust, the fake friends, the fake promises. Above all the street revelations, the laggards and all the external.
He stands with me.
He said, go out and be a fisher of men. He said, be the salt and the light. I am who I am. I'm not who I will be, but I will be who I'll become. Or so whatever He says. You can.. try, and tell me otherwise. - God is Love
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Freeze. A freeze frame of a girl telling me to freeze, and put my hands up. At least, that’s what my brain tells me. It’s funny how my brain associates this action with someone trying to stick me up. Someone trying to shoot me. Or, that this hand is replicating a gun. It could be so many other things. Like, a person counting to three with their hand out, or, an ad for someone who has arthritis and this picture is showing how they can’t do a proper “thumbs up”. I watched an episode of a show on family channel called “Life With Derek” and there was this one episode where the littlest sister was taught that Cows go “wooof” and ducks go “moooo”. What if, pointing your two fingers and sticking your thumb up at someone meant, “I Love You”. What if flippin’ off someone with a middle finger meant “Have a nice day!”. WHAT IF, I started to point my fingers replicating a gun at people while saying “I Love You”. What if I did this so much, that one day, a person who see’s this exact image decides to put this on a hallmark card. And beside all the hearts, and flowers, and pinks, and reds and riddles and jokes and candy and butterflies and kisses, there sits this image. In the middle of it all. And someone picks up this card and puts it in a bouquet of flowers and gives it to their loved one and opens the card with this image, turns their head to the person that gave it to them and says “I Love You too”.
It’s habitual. This hand motion doesn’t have to symbolize a gun. It could symbolize anything you want it to be.
Like a person counting to 3 with their hand out, or, an ad for someone who has arthritis and this picture is showing how they can’t do a proper “thumbs up”. I watched an episode of a show on family channel....- God is Love
My friend Due, brought up an idea of meeting up, and going into a book and picking out a word and writing about that word for 15 minutes. So we did. The next day we did the same thing, but with images. We sent each other images and for 15 minutes we wrote about what image we sent each other. This was the first image he sent me. And that, up there, is what I wrote. Enjoy. Thanks a lot to my friend Due who brought this idea up and.. Yeah, more about myself and Due's mindventures soon.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Filter. Selfish. Me. You and I. Ambition. Hard, work. Gone. &. Came. ?uck the world, middle finger attitude.
I left the last 9 years in the last 9 years. And decided not to bring any of it with me into 2010. All I took was a backpack, a camera, my laptop and and pocket full of ambition. It doesn't take, a new year, a new place, new people to become a new you. It just takes, you. I'm not who I once was. But I am who I am. I'm not who I will be, but I will be who I'll become. I came and gone in 2009. I gone and came in 2010.
There will be no difference between this year, and the next, and the next. 2010 was about Me. Filtering my life. Getting rid of my selfishness. Him and me. Her and I. Knowing that every word has an action. Every ambition, has a purpose, every purpose has a drive that brings me to life. Purpose Driven Life. And nothing beats, hard, work.
It's all good, it's already understood. I'll be rollin' through the town, two fingers up, put one down, cause I don't five a ?uck. ?uck the world, middle finger attitude. I'm here to do it. - God is Love