The Perfect You…

Recently a few friends of mine have been giving me suggestion on what topics to write about. The latest is “write about the qualities you wish you had or who you could be more like if you could.” After pondering for a few ideas I came up with one that stands out.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

For those of you who are living under a rock… no pun intended; let me give you some background on who this man is.
His wrestling blood traces back to his grandfather,  but spreads long and wide from uncles to cousins. Dwayne started football at a young age and then wrestling training in 1995. But The Rocks career doesn’t end there his ventured in multiple movies, his most famous “Fast and Furious” series/franchise. Not only has he done movies but he has also done TV shows like “The Hero”

So why Johnson?
Dwayne has this drive about him that puts him in a mind set of anything is possible and not to be discourage because failing or not succeeding the first time you attempt something. Coming from a fans’ stand point and looking into his star struck life he is very humble and even having a action based background it seems like he is a 6ft 5in 250+lbs teddy bear. The intensity under his lift eyebrow screams FOCUS.  His determination to best the best at whatever his doing shines through. Dedication drives him to succeed and becoming the person he is today. “Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwyane Johnson.

The originally  question “write about the qualities you wish you had or who you could be more like if you could.” ; those qualities are some I wish I had however being who I am and the qualities I posses may not be perfect or the best yet they’re mine and they make me, me. Don’t lose sight of who you are or what makes you, you. Your love ones see for who you are and they like you for it. There are going to be those who don’t like you,, but don’t try to please them. Be you in-spite of them. You are important and special and keep being you. Even when the road gets hard and you feel like quiting…
“Only when a hero is at his lowest can he become the greatest. That to me is the greatest super hero story of all time.” –

Thanks Amanda, good luck on your journey. Cheers

 

 

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Grass is greener on the other side..

Most are familiar with the phrase “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.” Why is that? Why is it we are never satisfied with what we have. Are we truly ever satisfied? Take religion out of the equation. Guys always want to have the better car or the prettiest girl. Girls always wanna have the most fabulous shoes and the most good looking guy. How do we know if we are satisfied with what we have?

 

 

 

I’m currently STILL single and most of my close of friends have a significant others and its funny because they’re jealous of me because I’m single and ,yet I’m jealous of them. When asked why they are jealous they all say its because they are free. “Nothing to do Nowhere to be A simple little kind of free.”-John Mayer. Very true, however; when they ask me why I’m jealous of them, it’s simple. You belong to someone and they belong to you. You have love and someone to share it with. Someone to come home to and if you had a rough day; them giving you the simple gesture of a smile and a kiss makes your day seem not so bad.

What I am still learning from looking at the other grass is; If you stare to long you forget to take care of your own grass. Granted I’m glance quite often ,however; I’m learning to only glance just to keep me motivated on what I truly want. And if I continue to take care of my grass it will grow to the point that people are glancing at my grass as motivation.

 

 

Chivalry …

Call me old fashion but I was raised to be a gentleman and respect ladies. And if your on a date make them feel like you two are the only people on the planet. Make her feel like a queen.

I’m what you call a nice guy, and yes sometimes I do feel like I finish last and other times I feel like I’m a boss. For those that read this blog site know I was in a relationship where I had my heart broken. I haven’t dated in a while(more like a year), but… Aya haha there’s a but. I recently met a very attractive girl and she ended up asking me to the movies. I was very impressed and it took the pressure off of me. We met up before the movie to have coffee . I heard mom saying “complement her on how she looks”. She was very flattered by it. Me being the gentleman I was compelled to pay. Florida weather is very bi-polar and unpredictable. So of course it was pouring rain.  So to keep her hair from frizzing and curling I tried to MacGyver some form of protection. It was very romantic but epic fail. Lucky enough I have very keen eyes and saw a stack of newspapers at the entrance. We quickly mad our way to the upstairs balcony. We sat and talked for what seemed for sometime. We were engulfed in each other background,  life story, and just each other’s personality. It was very interesting.
Soon enough the clock tower struck and the movie started on the hour. I go to pay for her ticket though she insist on paying for herself. So I gave in to her beautiful smile. During the movie you could feel the attraction between us. There were brief moments of skin contact that would be a constant reminder “hey dude she’s attracted to you”. We laughed so much. As the movie ended and we made our way to the exit natural instinct kicked in. Mom was in the back of my head saying ‘hold the door for her”.

I’m not gonna bore you with all the details of the date but throughout the date chivalry and make this girl laugh were my two focus points. Looking back I ask myself how chivalry could just up and leave without saying bye. “Its the simple things gestures that mean the most”-

 

…Part II

This is part 2 of “…”

According to Webster Dictionary Blog: Pronunciation: \ˈblȯg, ˈbläg\Function: noun Etymology: short for Weblog Date: 1999: a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.

As some of you may know Simplicity∞Beyond is not know for being a journal, but more of random segments of simple feeds of information/articles. Sometimes change is good. Adding that journal aspect gives us that sense of being human or having a soul. I left part one with this thought: “it’s not you it’s me” that’s what she said. So, a week or so has passed from the official ending of that escapade and I didn’t think it was going to be this hard to just go with the flow and move on. I recently stumbled across the artist G-Eazy and his albums. I don’t normally listen to a lot of rap but there is one track on his album “Must Be Nice” that stuck out to me more than the others. It’s called “Marilyn”.

G-Eazy Marilyn:

{Dominique LeJeune}

“I want to love you
But if it’s not right what can I do?
Everything will be alright
So baby get some sleep tonight.”

There is a gentlemen I met by the name of Sheim Francis at Edens Coffee House. He has done a few open mic performances there. His performance dazzled and inspired the crowd. After hearing who he was and his ability to paint a story solely on the words he spoken; it has inspired me to give it a try. He wrote a book called My Journey, Poetic. This is my attempt on being a poet, so be gentle.

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The words that you once displayed
Through actions of compassion
Will never be forgotten
And The love I once had
Will never be depleted
Cause the way you looked at me like I was the only one
Lit up my world like a new found sun.

We use to talk all day,
Couldn’t fall asleep but couldn’t stay awake.
And every moment that I got,
Including my 930 to 11 O’clock was spent by your side.
We would lay around lazily, always having fun.
We were each other’s number one.
But I look at us now and see
We’ve fallen through the drain pipes.

Months went by filled with pure happiness and bliss
Time seemed to slow down
through every waking moment spent with you
and come to a standstill with every tender kiss
But in reality time died
I give it my condolences

Now we’re here distant and alone.
Without your warm embrace I’m in a snow storm
You meant the world to me
and I to you
I thought we both didn’t want us to end
But all I can do now
Is leave it in God’s hands.

“I want to love you
But if it’s not right what can I do?
Everything will be alright
So baby get some sleep tonight”

I want it,
you want it
so who are we fooling here.

“That’s why you and I ended over U N I
And I said that’s fine, but you’re the only one that knows I lied
You and I ended over U N I
And I said that’s fine, but you’re the only one that knows I lied”

We made each other happy
But now what can I do
Watch you in the arms of some other dude
He can’t make you as happy
And he can’t make you as free

I hope one day you see
These three months
Were just the beginning of you and me.

Small Living…

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“Step 1. Buy land up north.
Step 2. Buy a yurt.
Step 3. Surround it by alpacas or goats… I am thinking goats.”

I’ve heard of yurts before, but I’ve never been too interested in them. That is, until I read my friend’s–Elizabeth–Facebook status update. In one of the comments that followed, Liz confessed that, “having a life that is simple would be peaceful. Unplugged and uncomplicated.” What truly astonished me was her next sentence: “It kind of makes me doubtful of what I want.”

As a child, I used to make huge mansions and grandiose cities from Legos. However, what I enjoyed playing with the most were the small and simple houses where a tiny Lego man would live all by himself with only the essentials. Now, as a young man, I aspire having a high-paying job that could sustain a luxurious condo equipped with state of the art computers, home entertainment systems, appliances, and so on. However, what I enjoy dreaming of the most is living (along with a dog) in a small hut in some faraway mountain with a stupendous scenery.

As I browsed the web for pictures of yurts, I ran into Designboom’s Tiny Houses. It listed various types of, well, tiny houses! My favorite house from the list is probably the Micro Compact Home (M-CH). I can easily picture this house right in the middle of some vast and beautiful land. The best part is that it’s roughly $46,000 USD. This leaves one with enough money to invest into purchasing a nice piece of land with a killer view. I’ve never wanted to admit this to myself, but “it kind of makes me doubtful of what I [really] want.” Maybe that deep innate desire to live as simple as possible is not too far-fetched.

Some more insane tiny houses:

Log House

Garbage Truck House

Stripping Down to Essentials…

Several weeks ago, my judo sensei (teacher)–Scott–talked a group from our judo class into running. Ever since then, we’ve been training for several running events such as Tough Mudder, Walt Disney World Marathon, and so on. During one of our night runs, Scott sensei recommended all of us to read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall–let me mention it was an excellent read. One of the many topics Born to Run covers is minimalist/barefoot running–a rapidly growing style of running. To be honest, I find minimalist running quite attractive. I’m not one myself, but Scott sensei’s been running with minimalist footwear for nearly two-and-a-half years and, so far, it’s worked out well for him.

Before any controversy may arise, let me make one thing clear from the beginning: there’s a lot of debate in the running world weather minimalist/barefoot running is better than shod (your typical running shoes) running or not.  I AM NOT SAYING MINIMALIST/BAREFOOT RUNNING IS BETTER THAN SHOD RUNNING. My only intention  is to highlight the simplicity of running with minimalist/barefoot footwear.

In an introductory video of the new NB Minimus, Ultramarathoner  Anton (Tony) Krupicka said:

“My philosophy of running–and even life–is stripping down the amount of gear to the very essentials. The main piece of gear as a runner is the shoe: it’s the point of contact between you and the ground […] If you can make that as natural as possible, I think it enhances the overall experience of […] running.”

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, “less is more.” With a similar philosophy, Anton’s quote says that increased foot sensory perception is achieved through less gear (minimalist/barefoot running styles). I find it most fascinating how the intricate human foot is able to continually adapt to its surroundings when it’s in is most “primal” and simplest state.

There’s a time and a place for everything. Shall we spice things up now?