Quote Bank: April 24, 2017

Today is one of those days…

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It’s hard when you know a previous choice could’ve changed it…
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Often referred to as a “yes, man”. Saying “no” isn’t letting someone else down, it’s picking yourself up.

“I don’t sing in the car. I perform.” -Anonymous

There is no better feeling than singing in the car by myself. Nobody to judge, every emotion to release.

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Wow. This one probably requires a lengthy discussion some day. I have noticed my breathing often mirrors my feeling.

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Blog Changes

Is it possible to change direction if you don’t even know where you are going?

I came on with the intention of writing one of my regular-ish blog posts. Instead, it occurred to me that my blog is a little outdated. Case in point: My Welcome! page hadn’t been changed since I first wrote it two years ago (on my first day as a blogger), and my newest header photo was the one with New York Giants WR Victor Cruz in it, and he’s no longer a member of the Giants. So, I did some updating. Make sure to check out the new Welcome! page, and let me know what you think of my new header photo! Also, I may continue to do some updating throughout the week, so keep checking for updates (via posts or just via general aesthetic changes)…

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on what you think of my blog changes and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to help say goodbye to my outdated content. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Change Wanted: How?

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” –Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson

Today was my first day of my Newswriting & Reporting class at DU. In the class, we all pitched stories that we thought would be great to put in a news-media source. Being a football fan, I got to thinking about San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s protest of kneeling during the performance of the national anthem of the United States of America. Of course, it’s been reported AT LEAST a million times now, right? Why would my story be the one people read? Well, I think it would be great to take a different angle on the story. We’ve seen the aftermath of Kaepernick’s protest: his increased jersey sales, the other players joining him (including the entire Seattle Seahawks team), and the withdrawal of Denver Broncos LB Brandon Marshall’s endorsement deals following his joining of the protest. The players and coaches (and their endorsements) know how much of an impact they have on society. They also have stated the problem that they are protesting (police brutality). “Now, though, it’s time to take the next step and take actions into the community.” -San Francisco 49ers S Antoine Bethea, who joined Kaepernick’s protest prior to their win over the Los Angeles Rams last night, “We need to take action now.” Great, Bethea. We know that protesting players want to take action. If you want to see change and action, why don’t you do more than just tell the world that you want that? NFL players are in the spotlight enough that they can influence the action that is taken. I want to see NFL players actually come up with an action plan for solving the problem that they’re protesting. That would be a great story, right? If Kaepernick suggested a solution to the problem instead of just pointing it out, can you imagine how quickly the problem would get solved? Such is the impact of NFL athletes. His jersey sales increased just from his protesting! I can say for a fact that I would respect Kaepernick if he came up with a solution. So, I say this: If you want to see the problem solved, help solve it! I don’t know if this blog reaches any NFL players, so I ask all of you who read this, to spread the word. Let’s get this to some protesting NFL players, and encourage them to step up to the plate and be the solution they so desperately want! If they don’t step up, who will? The government?…

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Now What?

Weekend Update: July 2-3, 2016

“No good deed goes unpunished.” -Friend of TheHaysWay

As you can probably infer, this friend isn’t always the most optimistic person. However, I don’t know anyone who thinks about the world more than this friend. He questions EVERYTHING and those questions typically lead to depressing answers that led him to make this statement. The reality is, our world can suck a lot of the time. This friend is correct because the good in this world always gets punished. I’ve said before that I try to be a good person by helping others and sacrificing my own happiness. Unfortunately, I am one of the few people I know who live with that mindset. There are simply too many people in the world that are only invested in their own interests. That’s why the good are punished. They sacrifice for others, and the world refuses to give back to those who are good because other people don’t care. Yet, despite this, I still maintain my mindset. If that’s how it’s going to be for me, so be it. I want to be a good person, and I’m willing to pay the price for that. That said, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a change. I’m asking everyone who ever reads this to be better people by being more selfless. Only through selflessness can we overcome the corruption in society that is caused by selfishness. If you aren’t with me, that’s fine. In fact, I expect that most of you would prefer not to join me. I try not to hang on to hope too tightly because it is just a facade. Another example of looking for the good that may never be attained. That said, I will still fight for what I believe in and continue to be a good person. The world can beat me over the head with whatever it wants, but I won’t stop giving back to it and nobody should. What is the point of life if you’re only invested in yourself? What’s the point if you work your butt off to earn money so you can buy ridiculous things to try to make yourself happy: sports cars, mansions, things made of gold or diamond, etc.? Is that really how our time is best spent? My favorite movie of all time is Star Wars: A New Hope. You’re probably laughing because I just ranted about the facade that is hope, right? Well, in Star Wars, the story is about the ‘pure’ Rebellion defeating the corrupt and controlling Empire. I love that movie because that is what I want society to do. I want everyone to overcome the selfish desire for control that corrupts the mind of even the best people. Anne Frank once said, “Despite everything I’ve been through, I still believe that people are truly good at heart.” She is right. We aren’t born into this world thinking only of ourselves, we are programmed that way. Corporations and governments tell us that investing in our own interests is the means of determining how great we are, and they are WRONG! PLEASE, if you are reading this, HELP MAKE A CHANGE! First, change yourself by helping others (if you don’t already) because being selfish doesn’t only NOT help others, it actually HURTS others. Second, pass this message on. If we are truly going to overcome corruption like they do in Star Wars, it’s going to take more than one torpedo. It’s going to take a legion of people who are ALL willing to change themselves, and thereby, change the world. Right now, no good deed goes unpunished. That can change if we choose to stop punishing it, because we are ALL responsible for dishing out that punishment. I apologize for the longer rant than usual, but this is a topic that I think about A LOT. “It’s a sad, sad situation, and it’s getting more and more absurd.” -Sir Elton John. Why do we make it so difficult to UNDERSTAND, to CARE, to EACH HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL MORAL COMPASS?! Just to let this sink in, I’m going to hold off on the NFL news. I’m REALLY serious about this. Think about this. Do something about this.

Have a SELFLESS tomorrow.

Daily Update: May 16, 2016

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F Kennedy

“With out passion you don’t have energy, with out energy you have nothing.” – Donald Trump

I know in the past I’ve made some politically biased posts. I went with two quotes today to avoid that. I will say that one of these two people I like more than the other, however, I will not say which one. Instead, I’ll analyze both quotes. Just to balance everything out in the political spectrum, I will analyze Trump’s quote first because Kennedy’s quote was the first one on the post. I think passion connects to what I was talking about with love and friendship. Love and friendship give you the energy to get things done. I have mentioned before that I try to be positive for the people around me, and that is especially true for my friends because they make me happy too. Friendship and love is the support system that inspires me to do things. Change is a tricky subject. Change is definitely necessary because nothing is perfect. If change didn’t exist, neither would improvement. On the flip side of the coin, there is a point where change can be bad. It’s just as the famous saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I absolutely agree that it is important not to get stuck in the moment. Life is hard enough even if you do prepare for what’s ahead. If you don’t, it may very well be impossible. Anyway, I thought the one about change was relevant to the Buffalo Bills in today’s NFL news:

  1. Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins has a broken bone in his foot. His situation parallels that of New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman, who also had a foot injury. He is expected to be back for training camp.
  2. Unfortunately for the Bills, the situation gets much worse. First-round pick DE Shaq Lawson needs shoulder surgery. He is expected to miss around half of the season. So, much like the Jags last year, the Bills will have to wait to see their talented, first-round pass rusher go to work. They will also be missing DE Mario Williams until Lawson’s return.
  3. The Tennessee Titans have released QB Zach Mettenberger. This move is pretty shocking. The Titans have second-year QB Marcus Mariota, but Mettenberger has shown some serious flashes of potential during his time at the least. Enough that, I believe, the Titans could have pulled off a trade to send him to, say, the New York Jets, who STILL haven’t budged on negotiations with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  4. The Carolina Panthers have released CB Brandon Boykin. Boykin was signed this offseason in an effort to improve the Panthers’ CB situation opposite CB Josh Norman. Now, Norman is gone, and so is Boykin. That leaves a lot of responsibility to Carolina’s three rookie CBs.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, leave a comment about the quotes and/or the news, and leave a very much appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.