Phil’s Philosophy

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog. To be honest with you, there hasn’t been that much going on that I’ve felt compelled to write about. That is, until recently. Three months into the new year, and a lot of things are going on: Trump is actually leading the GOP nomination (insert leaving to Canada joke here), Obama became the first president since 1928 to visit Cuba, the bombings in Belgium, and I guess the FBI doesn’t need Apple’s help anymore with hacking that San Bernardino iPhone. Pretty interesting things going on in the world, and it’s going to be an interesting year in not only the progress of our nation, but of our civilization in general.

I feel compelled to speak upon a situation that has hit me on a personal level. It seems to me that, the older you get in life, the more you find yourself saying goodbye. Since graduating college four years ago, I’ve had to say goodbye to at least 1 or 2 friends for each year that has passed. Whether it was a freak accident at an Army training base, health compilations, or sadly the taking of their own lives, it’s never easy to hear that someone that you loved, cared about, and became friends with will no longer be with us. That’s why if there’s ever one thing that I can stress to my friends, family, and anyone I ever come in contact with, it would be to just constantly tell people how much you love them and how thankful you are to have them in your lives.

Even though the passing of a friend or family member can be a devastating, surprisingly one thing I’ve noticed is how quickly my friends, family and community are to comfort and support those who are affected by these circumstances. At almost a moment’s notice, whether it’s through social media or word of mouth, we all come together and show love and support to those who are hurt. It’s also interesting to see how many of other people’s lives our deceased friends or love ones have touched. For example: a local legend Dougie White recently passed this year. I always knew that he was sort of a staple in Stamford, but to see how many other people’s lives he’d changed and how loved he really was in town was truly amazing. That being said, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of my buddies that I’ve lost over the past few years. You’re loved and missed, believe that.

On a more positive note, I also want to speak about where I currently am in life. I’ve almost been with my first full time job for a year now, feeling healthier than I’ve ever felt, and more focused on my future. I also view life in a way I’ve never really viewed it before. I think more about my future, my hunger for knowledge is greater now than it ever was, and I just want to be as successful as I can be. Sure, I have my shitty days, and there are times where I’m down on my luck, but thankfully I have surrounded myself with a great group of friends and of course my family that are quick to pick me back up. Overall, life is good, and I hope it’s the same for you.

I guess the one thing I’m trying to get out of this post is how we should all stay positive no matter what. Life throws us a bunch of curveballs, things that we don’t expect to happen or see or hear. It’s all about how you adjust yourself to your circumstances while keeping a positive vibe the whole way. The more positive you take out of life, the more you live it. That, and ALWAYS tell those you love that you love them. Everyone in some way shape or form is fighting some sort of battle, and even the smallest optimistic gesture can help them conquer it.

 

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