Why You Owe It to Yourself To Read this Blog Post

Newsflash:   The world doesn’t owe you anything.

You know who does owe you something? You.

That’s right, you. You owe it to yourself to get off your butt and go for a walk once in a while.

You owe it to yourself to call your grandparents, or your parents, or your sibling, just to say “Hi” and see how they are doing.

You owe it to yourself to get a job, to pay your bills, to be a responsible and functioning member of society.

You owe it to yourself to “Let it Go”. To ignore the dumb shit you disagree with on social media, or to unfollow people that upset you.

If it offends you, grow a spine.

If you don’t understand it, research it.

If you don’t agree with it, fine; but step out of your ignorant bubble and put yourself in the other guy’s shoes.

Don’t like a song? Change the channel. Don’t like a show? Change the channel. Don’t like your job? Figure out a way to do something that you do like. Chances are, it is going take time. Trust me- it doesn’t happen overnight. I am still working on this one.

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We all have things we dislike, can’t get on board with, disagree with, or downright despise. That’s ok. You don’t like my religion? That’s ok. You practice yours and leave me alone. You don’t like my photography? Fine- don’t look at it. You don’t like me? Join the club. Move on.

I have worked with the public long enough to know everyone wants everything right now, for free, and exactly how they want it. Well, life ain’t Burger King. It ain’t always a walk in the park or a bouquet of fresh cut roses. Get the hell over it. Don’t be a jerk just because you have to follow the rules like everyone else. Believe it or not, most business policies are made to keep you from getting screwed… just accept it, and grin and bear it.

Tough times make you tougher, and if you use your head, they don’t stick around forever. Hard work isn’t a dirty word-  No one ever died from a few blisters or a few hours of overtime. Don’t be the guy that missed an opportunity because it knocked on the door dressed in blue collar clothes.

Start thinking for yourself. Stop blaming everyone else for all the crappy things that happen to you. It ain’t your parents fault, your third grade teacher’s fault, or probably even your boss’s fault. Take some responsibility for your crappy decisions. You made the choice, so claim that shit.

Politicians never tell the truth. Hell, they don’t even know what the truth is anymore. That happens when you make promises to everyone you meet, and follow through on none of them.  Do some research, be intelligent, and when you have the opportunity, vote for the person that is the least likely to wreck our country. You don’t need to plaster it all over the front of your house- I don’t care who the hell you vote for, as long as you vote. At least you have reason to complain when the jackass you voted for screws up. And if you don’t vote, then shut your face. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

Not everything you read on the internet is Gospel truth. Shocker, right? Listen to the radio once in a while. Turn on the local news. Talk to another human being… kind of like the government- what you see isn’t always what you get. If it seems too good to be true, it is. If it is seems to easy, it is. God (or, if you prefer, evolution) gave you a brain- use it. 

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Be nice. Be humble. Laugh once in a damn while. Work hard for what you want, mind your own business, and remember- if it doesn’t affect you directly, then, by God, keep on keeping on. You might think you are important, but even that well trained high horse you ride on is bound to have a bad day at some point. When reality bucks your ass off, are you going to be able to pick yourself up off the ground gracefully and keep your pride? Or are you going to have to eat some real bitter crow once the dust settles? Be careful how you treat others; because you never know who might be standing at the end of your rope when you need help climbing out of a hole.

Stand up for yourself, and never let anyone treat you less than how you treat them. You owe it to yourself to take pride in yourself. No one owes you anything, if you don’t work for it first. Set some goals, chase your dreams, and make yourself proud. You owe it to yourself to be awesome!

~Much love, Richelle

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Why You Owe It to Yourself To Read this Blog Post

Newsflash:   The world doesn’t owe you anything.

You know who does owe you something? You.

That’s right, you. You owe it to yourself to get off your butt and go for a walk once in a while.

You owe it to yourself to call your grandparents, or your parents, or your sibling, just to say “Hi” and see how they are doing.

You owe it to yourself to get a job, to pay your bills, to be a responsible and functioning member of society.

You owe it to yourself to “Let it Go”. To ignore the dumb shit you disagree with on social media, or to unfollow people that upset you.

If it offends you, grow a spine.

If you don’t understand it, research it.

If you don’t agree with it, fine; but step out of your ignorant bubble and put yourself in the other guy’s shoes.

Don’t like a song? Change the channel. Don’t like a show? Change the channel. Don’t like your job? Figure out a way to do something that you do like. Chances are, it is going take time. Trust me- it doesn’t happen overnight. I am still working on this one.

image

We all have things we dislike, can’t get on board with, disagree with, or downright despise. That’s ok. You don’t like my religion? That’s ok. You practice yours and leave me alone. You don’t like my photography? Fine- don’t look at it. You don’t like me? Join the club. Move on.

I have worked with the public long enough to know everyone wants everything right now, for free, and exactly how they want it. Well, life ain’t Burger King. It ain’t always a walk in the park or a bouquet of fresh cut roses. Get the hell over it. Don’t be a jerk just because you have to follow the rules like everyone else. Believe it or not, most business policies are made to keep you from getting screwed… just accept it, and grin and bear it.

Tough times make you tougher, and if you use your head, they don’t stick around forever. Hard work isn’t a dirty word-  No one ever died from a few blisters or a few hours of overtime. Don’t be the guy that missed an opportunity because it knocked on the door dressed in blue collar clothes.

Start thinking for yourself. Stop blaming everyone else for all the crappy things that happen to you. It ain’t your parents fault, your third grade teacher’s fault, or probably even your boss’s fault. Take some responsibility for your crappy decisions. You made the choice, so claim that shit.

Politicians never tell the truth. Hell, they don’t even know what the truth is anymore. That happens when you make promises to everyone you meet, and follow through on none of them.  Do some research, be intelligent, and when you have the opportunity, vote for the person that is the least likely to wreck our country. You don’t need to plaster it all over the front of your house- I don’t care who the hell you vote for, as long as you vote. At least you have reason to complain when the jackass you voted for screws up. And if you don’t vote, then shut your face. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

Not everything you read on the internet is Gospel truth. Shocker, right? Listen to the radio once in a while. Turn on the local news. Talk to another human being… kind of like the government- what you see isn’t always what you get. If it seems too good to be true, it is. If it is seems to easy, it is. God (or, if you prefer, evolution) gave you a brain- use it. 

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Be nice. Be humble. Laugh once in a damn while. Work hard for what you want, mind your own business, and remember- if it doesn’t affect you directly, then, by God, keep on keeping on. You might think you are important, but even that well trained high horse you ride on is bound to have a bad day at some point. When reality bucks your ass off, are you going to be able to pick yourself up off the ground gracefully and keep your pride? Or are you going to have to eat some real bitter crow once the dust settles? Be careful how you treat others; because you never know who might be standing at the end of your rope when you need help climbing out of a hole.

Stand up for yourself, and never let anyone treat you less than how you treat them. You owe it to yourself to take pride in yourself. No one owes you anything, if you don’t work for it first. Set some goals, chase your dreams, and make yourself proud. You owe it to yourself to be awesome!

~Much love, Richelle

Unfiltered

“There’s two dates in time that they’ll carve on your stone, and everyone knows what they mean; what’s more important is the time that is known, in that little dash in between…”- “Pushing up Daisies”, by Garth Brooks

On the day that the good Lord chooses to call me home, I hope I am doing something that fills my heart with happiness. I hope on the day that my family chooses to return my body to the earth, that they saddle up my ashes on top of a good looking horse and lead him to a green pasture overlooking the land my family has tended to for years. As they quietly unload the remnants of what was once my body, and scatter my ashes along the edge of the creek, I pray that the only sounds they hear are the birds singing their happy songs, the rippling of the water over the rocky creek bottom, and the swishing of the horse’s tails. No chirping cell phones, no music blaring from an Ipod. I hope they speak kindly of me; telling stories of how I lived and of the legacy I am leaving behind.

A legacy that is more than stacks of laundry, dirty dishes, and an 8 to 5 office job.

A life full of laughter and love for my husband and kids, horses and dogs, friends and family members.

I hope to raise children that know there is an entire world beyond their fingertips; beyond the  Facebook status updates and Twitter feeds. Young adults that can figure out that sometimes the only evidence of their idiot mistakes they need are memories; memories that fade with age and heal with time. Adults that can carry on conversations with other adults face to face and that can deal with hardships on their own, without needing the input from the rest of the world.

Because experiencing life second hand is not living (thanks to the doctor’s office hold music for that reminder!). Life is too short to be spent trying to live vicariously through our “friends” Facebook updates. A good life should not be judged by your Instagram photos or number of songs downloaded from Itunes. Get out from behind the lens once in a while, and learn to value what you are seeing #unfiltered.
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I want to live a happy, prosperous, love-filled life; so when the time comes to start pushing up daisies, I will be missed for so much more than a social- media presence. We all deserve to live this one trip around the sun to the fullest, and I intend to start living it for myself.

I hope you can live your life for yourself, too. #Unfiltered. #Uninterrupted. Un-hash-tagged.

Until next time,

Richelle