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Nah, it’s okay. I’ve got time.

As a 21 year old college student, there are many things in life I take for granted. Simple pleasures that I know someday I’ll miss greatly. Having roommates that I get along with really well, having a plethora of friends available to talk to all the time, even going to a great school like Michigan State gets taken for granted. One big thing I try not to take advantage of, is my family. I know, that if I don’t take advantage of the time I have with them, I will certainly regret it.

This morning, 8 year old Lacey Holsworth passed away from cancer. Yes, 8 years old..This is sending chills up my spine, and I’m having trouble writing this. My prayers and condolences to her, and the Holsworth family. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but her story has touched me more than I could have ever imagined. 

All this morning, through my morning workout and even as I began to study for the day, I’ve been thinking about her. Thinking that she was 8 years old, and didn’t deserve what she was going through or what happened to her.  It’s heartbreaking in all honesty. I can’t imagine going through that, and fighting that battle (especially at 8 years old). It’s made me think about a lot of things.

Mostly, I’ve thought about not neglecting the little things. Thinking that, maybe I can make every moment count. What if tomorrow never comes? It’s a harsh reality thinking about death, and moving on to the next life. But it’s inevitable and going to happen to all of us. We can’t stop it. But we can do our best to live our lives to the fullest. We can make life a better place for the ones we care about. This is how we make life worth living.

Wake up! Smell the roses, drink your coffee, work harder, laugh longer, stay later, put more effort and enthusiasm into everything you do. I know I’m going to try to. After all, we only have so much time, and how the hell can you even fathom wanting to waste it? This girl was 8 years old and lived her life with a smile on her face, seeing her superman Adreian Payne play basketball. She smiled, and smiled, and smiled some more capturing the heart of anyone who got to see that smile. I don’t know where life will take me, but I can promise I will add a little more enthusiasm everyday knowing that it could all be over before it even truly got started.

So I will end with this, even if you life to be 80 years old someday, you aren’t here for that long. The universe is 14 billion years old, and you’re here for maybe 80 years (if you’re lucky). This adorable princess only got 8, and that absolutely breaks my heart. So live with enthusiasm, and do something you’ve never done before because you may not get another chance. Take the time, get to know someone, you may be losing out on a great person if you don’t. Go out, spend some money, have more fun than you thought you would, because someday it could be over quicker than you thought. Most importantly, love the ones you’re around more than you ever thought you could. Invest in them, and reap the rewards that come with that. Because the greatest legacy you leave in life, isn’t something you can buy, it’s the imprint you leave on the people you love, and the time you spent with them. 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ian

 

No do it again, I blinked.

After seeing a couple of my friends from high school at work last night, it made me think about a couple things (always good to see the Anaters, & Austin and Cassidy!). I realized, wow, I haven’t seen these people in forever. Wait, how is that possible? I’m only 21 years old?

But that’s the thing. I remember when the twins first came to school our freshmen year, and I was thinking to myself “My locker is next to the new kids!” Now I’m much further away from that day than I realized. I remember how great it was to be in high school, and see friends like Cassidy and Austin in the halls all the time. And then I realized we’re all in college now, and closer to college graduation than we are our high school days. When did I get to this point?  

My brother jokes, “oh hey old man” and I always laugh. But it’s starting to become reality. This whole, my younger brother graduates this year from high school, is 18 years old (Elizabeth is in the same boat), and that they both will be in college next year is slightly blowing my mind. When did this happen?

Oh, I remember when it happened. Now that I think about it, I remember almost all of it actually. I remember high school football and basketball, staying at friends houses, getting my license, my first job, going on and leading Kairos, my senior spring break, going to JCC, then moving to East Lansing. Honestly, I remember almost every bit of it. I can honestly say, I’ve also loved every bit of it. There hasn’t been a moment I regret, whether it’s the people who have been in my life, or the places I’ve gone and seen, I’m thankful for every single one. 

So if you’re reading this, yes, I’m thankful for you. I am, and you better believe that. I’m glad for every moment we’ve ever spent together, whether it was going somewhere, or just hanging out. These 21 years have flown by, and I anticipate they’re going to keep flying by. As much as I hate that, I’ve loved my life thus far, and wouldn’t have changed a person, place, or thing in it. I wouldn’t do it again, even though it feels like I’ve blinked and missed some, it’s been unbelievable so far and wouldn’t trade a second of any minute.

Until next time,

Ian

 

Hope

Sorry about the lack of posts on here guys, I’ve been absolutely incredibly busy. I’ve recently started a new job at Finish Line, and couldn’t be happier there. But it has taken up some of my time! This is also trying to update everyone on what’s going on with me as well (some big news in here!). But regardless, back to the positivity and hopefully, the type of stuff that makes people feel better. Here we go..

Hope is not just something you need, but something you must have. Something that lies deep inside of us, and is waiting to come out at the opportune moment. It’s the thing inside of you, that makes you burn to better than what you were yesterday whether that’s in school, personally, or physically. The burning passion you have when you think about what it is. For me? It’s life. In life, it is my hope that I become better every day. Hope that tonight, when I go to sleep, I dream of a tomorrow where I’m succeeding. That when I wake up, I set a new PR (personal record) for every exercise I do at the gym. That my homework makes sense to me, and my studies aren’t in vain.

But what can hope do?

Hope can literally transform your life. If you have hope, this can turn into self belief. This sense of self belief, can take you to places you’ll never thought imaginable. Hope is just merely the first step. But you can’t take a journey, if you don’t take the first step. Lately, my hope for progression in life has led me to exciting new things. I’ve taken a position as Community Manager for FreshmenSupport.com (a website that offers help for incoming college freshmen) which I’m extremely excited about! I’ve been hired at Finish Line, and I’m succeeding in all of my classes. If you ask me how life is? I’d say awesome.

Hope though, is hardest to hold onto when times are hard. It always seems like when one thing happens, another bad thing is looming over your next action. You spiral downward, with a negative train of though. It seems as though what can go wrong, will go wrong. Let me say this, it does NOT have to be this way. Stay true to yourself, and remember exactly what you’re hoping for, and continue to work for it. Stay positive, and stay hopefully. You can do anything, and never forget that.

 

The major point I’m trying to make is that if you can’t establish some form of hope for the way you want your world to be, than you can’t make life what you want. You can do anything, as long as you have hope. So hold on to that hope, and run with it.

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Greatness

Some people are born to be great. Other people are given chances to prove they’re great. But regardless, everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. There chance to show the world “Here I am”. But as for great opportunities? Those are usually hard to spot. You have to know, when these “great moments” are upon you. So when you know you have something great, take it, and run. Run like hell with it.

Work for it. Devote every, waking second to your greatness. Whenever you think you might be slacking, you are. Don’t let yourself get to it. You and only you control whether or not this great moment, will be yours. When that moment comes, be ready. Be prepared for this moment.

Preparation? That’s the hardest part. My life has taught me one gigantic lesson that I live everyday. If you’re not making yourself better in some way, then you’re making yourself worse. You are being detrimental to your own success. There is no staying “status quo”. GET BETTER, or get worse. There’s no in between. Whether that means study for 15 minutes for each class, going to workout, actually doing homework, or just not playing those addicting video games, know which choice will make you better.

As for me? I try to live this everyday. But everyday, I’m learning new things about myself. These new things teach me what makes me better, and what makes me worse. And as much as I hate doing things that make me worse, I still do it. I wish I could sell my Playstation, but I’m 20, unemployed, and taking 16 credits. So I play games. Motivation is the key. If you want your greatness, and your success? You’ll find time. If not? You’ll find excuses.

As Michael Irvin said “Get up, look up, and never, EVER give up”

 

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