Family Influence

I’d like to share with you a bit about the person in my life who has impacted my life in so many ways. As cliché as it obviously is, my father has had a great influence on me in several ways. One characteristic he seems to have instilled in me is that of remaining calm in the face of adversity or calamity. Many were the times he would admonish me, though not in these exact words, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. His outwardly calm demeanor, as we dealt together with some of life’s minor “tragedies”, stands out quite significantly in my memory.

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One such occasion comes to mind as I recall a summer camping trip to a local lake. As was usually the case, shortly after arriving at said lake, I quickly went about the task of collecting some of the local amphibious fauna: juvenile toads to be precise. Also as usual, my father relented and allowed me to bring them back home. It soon became apparent that feeding the little creatures would be a daily chore which we both took on. What also soon became apparent was that despite our best efforts, they were dying.  One by one, they were all succumbing to a mysterious stiffening of their bodies, a gradual rigor mortis if you will. Of course, I was heartbroken and of course my father was there with his reassuring manner, convincing me that they were all better off, having gone to toad heaven.

After having spent so much time with him as a kid, it’s easy to approach him today and talk to him about anything that’s troubling me, whether it’s the struggles of school or just personal thoughts. In fact, just the other day, I asked him after school one day whether or not school was as difficult in the 60’s as it is today. He answered in a brief explanation, saying that things were different at the time, and even though the academic course load was much less rigorous, there were different challenges of the times. I thought this might have just been one of those run-around answers, but I came to realize it was more or less true.

– Bryan Clements

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Stereotype

Today in class we had a discussion about stereotypes and how they can lead to prejudice, discrimination, and even hate. Stereotyping is thrown around all the time in comedy and the youth. They’re being used frequently everyday and it’s becoming somewhat okay to use them in jokes. However, the more we use them, the easier it becomes to say them at the wrong time and end up hurting someone. Stereotypes are absolutely not acceptable to say. They directly transfer in to what we call the pyramid of hate. The pyramid of hate is started from one stereotype, and it can lead to terrible feelings. It can also lead to people being alone not without being able to chose if they want to or not.

Photo @2015 by Alan Levine [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Photo @2015 by Alan Levine [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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This Too Shall Pass

This post will piggyback on one of my previous posts – You Do You. I felt rushed and I was unable to articulate my thoughts accurately at the time, so this post will be a clearer, more elaborate post. My inspiration this time around was actually from a picture I found on Flickr, with a very profound quote which I felt I could analyze and view from my own life’s point of view.

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You Do You

Today was a different kind of day, which I cannot put into better words than “insightful.” Life has its ups and downs, but you are unable to know the great days without having the terrible ones. Today was one of those fortuitous days where everything could not have gone better, no matter how you sow the quilt.

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