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Life Among the Gorillas…….

imagesCAM06VDU  I was watching some people today and it made me think of a comparison someone once told me. When scientists and the such want to get close to gorillas, they have to adapt themselves to the gorillas environment. They strut, grunt, walk, beat their chest, etc just like a gorilla. All so they can be accepted.

I am finding out that humans are not much different with each other. We all know what it is like to be picked on, made fun of and teased. Sometimes we will join in on picking on someone just so we are included and not the ones singled out. It is a sad state of affairs that something that starts in our youth can carry over to adulthood.

I have no love for bullies… when I was younger I got teased pretty often. My parents were lower class so I didn’t have the “name brand” Air Jordans, Levi’s, etc. I was always fairly intelligent, loved books, and although active, playing baseball, football, wrestling, and martial arts I was a bit pudgy. I mean there is not much you can do with my frame. I was always taller, wide as a truck because of huge bone structure and probably not ever smooth with the ladies.

It’s really funny now that I think about it, I mean my size and strength played out later in life with combat training. It has saved my life probably at least a few times against stab wounds, gun shots etc. I have gained so much from those experiences. I have learned to not back down, not be embarrassed easily and to never show weakness. But I wonder why as a society we still tolerate this type of behavior?

I mean I know where I stand now, I wouldn’t tolerate it. I would either knock someone on their ass or embarrass them back. But it troubles me to think how our kids deal with this stuff daily. What the hell is wrong with parents that they let their kids do this stuff? I know there is no simple answer, it troubles me that this is probably going to go on long after I leave this earth.

I guess all I can do it make sure my children understand chivalry, defending the weak, and knowing how to physically protect themselves. Such is I guess what your life is if you are trying to live among the gorillas……

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The Pineapple Incident

imagesCAR6A905  I find that in my years of life as I get close to a birthday, I reflect often on my past, my present and what my future holds. It is not that I lead a super exciting life now, I follow the same hum drum as most everyone, work, sleep, eat, etc. But I remember a time when I was always on the go, constantly on the defense and seeking to “do” something, whether a project, a job, mission, etc.

I often want to go back to those times, finding I feel like I am missing out…… but am I, I wonder? I mean don’t we always think back fondly remembering past exploits, youthful dalliances, fun things we remembered doing as kids, great movies, etc etc……

I mean I often watch a show called “How I Met Your Mother” and laugh as the main character is always telling his kids stories about life before he met their mom. It makes me realize we are a mankind of remembrances, whether it be of childhood, life situations, and those who have left us whether it be through abandonment or death.

I think sometimes the hardest part about being happy with your present life is we always want to tie it in and compare it to a fleeting moment of life. While I am grateful for all the experiences I have had, the great people I have met and gotten to befriend and the great moments I have had I often then will reassess the family, friends, and loves I lost. So I guess the question is, when do we actually take the time and be happy with what we have now?

It’s like listening to the 80’s & 90’s music of my generation. I often love listening to the songs, laughing and remembering the music, the times, and the fun. But then I think of doing that now and cringe. Not because of the music per say but just remembering the dress, the styles, and the atmosphere. I would never do that stuff now. So maybe that’s what life is… learning from your past, adapting it to your present and future; and then making it relevant to your life. Does it teach you or does it define you?

And speaking about “How I Met Your Mother”, did they ever explain that damn pineapple?

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