Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Bathroom Chronicles: Volume 1

    Although I've never quite understood why people feel the need to ponder life's bigger questions on the wall of a bathroom stall (I mean, why not start a blog?), and, furthermore, I don't think that I will ever be able to get my head around why people feel the need to comment back on these alleged wall writings (What are they thinking? "Man, I sure showed that guy!"), I've found that these words can actually be quite insightful. Therefore, I will be starting a series of posts called "The Bathroom Chronicles". Now, although these posts will be titled the Bathroom Chronicles, I will take inspiration from anything that I feel fit.
That being said, here's todays inSTALLment (ba-dum-chhh) of wisdom:

    How true. This particular piece of restroom reading material has been popping into my mind quite a bit lately. Maybe, it's my nature, or maybe it's the fact that I am a public relations student, but regardless, there is no doubt that I have a problem saying "no". Although many times this small habit (or curse, perhaps) has lead me to help people out or try new things, every once in a while it leaves me racing from one activity to another without time to stop, think, or even breathe.

    But for what? Sometimes we can get so caught up in being the "go-to" that we don't leave time for ourselves. Don't get me wrong, I'll be the first person to tell you to help someone or something for a good cause, but you don't always have to be the leader, or the best, or the most involved. Try your hardest, do what you're passionate about, but live a little. Life is happening no matter if you're there to experience it or not. If you're in college, this is only the beginning of the work that is yet to come. Just be. There will always be work to do, and someday, when there isn't, you might not be in the condition to do all of the amazing and exciting things you are capable of now!

    So, stay dependable and hardworking, but don't let it consume you. Lay outside in the sun, go out with friends, sit and do nothing. You're only human after all.

"I'm in a hurry to get things done. I'm rushing, rushing 'till life's no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die but I'm in a hurry and don't know why."

...never underestimate the writing on the stall.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

From the Vault: Adam

(Side note: I wrote this article last year, but thought that it was worth bringing back out. The prompt was something to the effect of: "Describe someone who has greatly impacted your life and why". It had a length-limit on it, otherwise there is no doubt it would be longer. Enjoy!)

    "Adam Sealcott sits at just under four feet tall and weighs approximately 75 pounds. Diagnosed with Myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, Adam has been paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair his entire life. Those who know Adam, however, do not see a boy in a wheelchair when they look at him; they see a musician, a writer, a comedian, a spelling bee champion, a skateboarder, and a friend. Technically, Adam is handicapped, which means he is supposedly "disadvantaged", but his positive outlook on life and his determination often give him an advantage over those who do not have physical disabilities.
    My friendship with Adam has radically shaped who I am today. Adam has taught me to make the best of what I have; he has taught me that if you do not excel at one thing, do that much better at something else. Adam may not be able to use his legs for football and basketball like his twin brother, but he uses what he has, which is his arms, his voice, and his mind, to play the guitar, sing, and write his own song lyrics. Instead of getting upset about the things he cannot do, Adam focuses on what he can do and what he does well. Adam has helped me be a stronger person when facing challenges, and he has taught me to focus on the positive things in life and in myself. All people shine in their own way; it is simply a matter of finding how to do so."

Adam is currently: pursuing his dreams. What are you doingAdd Image?

Check out more of Adam:

"Song Three" Music Video

Adam's Virb Site