It’s that time of the year when the nights get longer and the days are colder and I’ve noticed more and more people with their winter coats, hats and mittens. Though it’s just the beginning of the inevitable known as winter, there is always one event that will have children and parents outside at night regardless of the weather. It’s time for Halloween.
I’m not a Halloween fanatic but I do love seeing kids dressed up in costumes walking around in search of treats. It reminds me of the days when I would go out with my siblings and eventually my friends, walking around as people gave us candy for just saying ‘Trick or Treat’. What I can’t stand to see is when a tween/teen doesn’t even pretend they put any effort into a costume and they walk up to my house in the clothes they wore to school earlier that day. Why am I giving these kids candy? Why I don’t just go to a school and hand out candies to all the kids? C’mon!
As an adult I haven’t really been one to dress up but in the past couple of years I’ve been attending an annual Halloween costume party and love it. I’ve mentioned in a recent entry about an event called Amnesia and the founders of this event hold an Annual Halloween Costume party where people go all out. I love it because nothing is too outrageous and you would never feel out-of-place!!
They play all the best from the 80’s and 90’s! There is only one song I can think of that makes me think of Halloween in the 80’s. I’ll give you one chance to guess…THAT’S RIGHT…IT’S THRILLER!!! How can anyone hear this song and not want to dance? One of my favorite parts of the song is by the Master of Scare…Mr. Vincent Price. As a kid the video and song freaked me out a bit but it gradually found a special place in my heart.
This song has inspired the following poem.
It’s in your mind…
What was that – I just heard a sound.
What ran by – what’s on the ground?
Hello?…HELLO??!…Is someone there?
I want to peek out but I’m afraid to stare.
I just heard it again – it’s getting near…
I can try to run but how do I outrun fear? – end.
In honour of MJ and Halloween – check out Thriller!! – http://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA
I remember when Prince’s song 1999 was released. At 7 or 8 years of age, 1999 seemed so far away. Time doesn’t just fly by, it zooms by faster than the speed of light sometimes.
I’ve accepted that life will continue to move by quickly and I’ve also learned to accept that there’s more to life than just watching it fly by.
Life is just one experience after another and as long as you’ve learned a lesson from your experience, you’ll be ok. One saying I often repeat is “Whatever doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger” and this statement is so true. When you are deciding if you should do something (be it buy a house, ask for raise, ask someone out on a date), regardless of the situation, the end result will be yes or no. That’s all it can be. Don’t stress yourself out on the “What if” as that’s a waste of time. Instead of creating all sorts of reasons why we shouldn’t do something – train yourself to create all sorts of reasons why you can do something!
I’d like to share one of my favourite poems which I’ve always found inspirational and encourages you to live your life and never give up on your dreams!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown
Point blank, kids are funny!
Though I don’t have kids, I have many children in my life that do and say things that make me LMAO. I have a 4-year-old nephew who recently started Jr. Kindergarten and one of his classmates pushed him. He came home and told his Aunt “That kid has no scruples”. I’m not that old but I find that nowadays, kids are so advanced at such young ages.
The other day I came upon a video of a little girl with her friend and they were both wearing pink princess dresses looking so cute and adorable.
Normally I wouldn’t think twice about this but when I listened to her song, she was replicating ‘Superbass’ by rapper Nicki Minaj.
Though it doesn’t seem right, as the child must be 6 or 7 years old, she raps it word for word and has a fantastic singing voice. I’m sharing this video because it’s cute but so not right…LOL
Sophia Grace Brownlee’s rendition of Nicki Minaj’s Superbass: http://youtu.be/C7hTAp6KrGY
It’s been a minute…but I’m back!!
I have a new fascination with social media. It took me a while to really get into it but the more I use it the more i love it!
With a few clicks of the mouse, you can be connected to someone on the other side of the world. Through chat rooms and discussion boards, you’re able to find a common bond with someone thousands of miles away. Thanks to social media, a budding entrepreneur is able to expand their customer base by hundreds of thousands instead of only catering to a small number in their local area.
Social media has changed the way we interact with each other and though we may physically see each other less frequently, we’re still connected.
When I speak of social media, the first company that comes to mind is Apple. The recent passing of Mr. Steve Jobs has made me reflect on all that has changed in such a short period of time.
With the invention of all the ‘i’ products, our world will never be the same. He helped propel and expedite the motion of technology. He had the foresight to see beyond the present horizon.
Steve Jobs will be missed by his family and friends but hopefully they will find some comfort in knowing that he has touched the lives of millions perhaps even billions and has altered our lives forever.
The following has been inspired by Steve Jobs and all he has done. He never let anyone hold him down. R.I.P. Steve Jobs, your legacy will live on.
iCan do anything
iWill aim for the stars
iMust follow my dreams
iDo believe in myself
iAm positive. iAm strong.
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: http://youtu.be/UF8uR6Z6KLc