Designing a Life

I find it unfortunate that you don't get a blank slate when you become an adult. Well, while your legal records might get a soft reset once you turn 18, everything that you've lived through up to this point -- the poor habits, traumatic experiences and negative emotions -- continue to bog you down later in… Continue reading Designing a Life

you are your own maker.

I believe that with enough dedication, hard work and motivation, anyone can achieve anything (within reason, of course). In a society that values the individual so much, it's no wonder the American Dream has been around since the very beginning. I have broken free from any confining path. I don't believe in meeting standards set… Continue reading you are your own maker.

Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

This is one of many letters I'm going to write to my high school self. This is a letter I wish I had gotten in the mail as I started my summer leading up to college. This is a letter I'm writing in hopes of helping someone else transition from being tucked under the protective… Continue reading Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

StuffStuff&Stuff

When I bring up the fact that I'm economically conservative, people usually assume I'm referring to the political use of the term. In reality, the government's spending isn't what I'm referencing, but personal spending. The modern epitome of success can be exemplified through the richest human beings on Earth: celebrities. Movie stars, rappers, CEOs. The… Continue reading StuffStuff&Stuff

Dear Elijah,

Nothing in today's world beats the feeling of opening your mailbox and seeing it filled with colorful envelopes, addressed anywhere from California to Riga, the capital of Latvia. You can learn the experiences of people from all over the globe. All it takes is 49 cents to mail a letter to anywhere in the United States,… Continue reading Dear Elijah,

The Happy Pills

After seeing a seemingly endless number of therapists, I was convinced that I needed medications to feel good, to feel like a normal person again. Merely talking to someone about how I felt and my problems just didn't seem to be getting results, which led me to think, “people smoked to get high and drank… Continue reading The Happy Pills

Be My Friend

Every New Year's Eve, I clean out my Facebook friends list by unfriending people who I no longer have a genuine connection with. Usually, I find that they’re people I skip over or are no longer relevant to me -- someone who I’ve lost connection to. This year, I went the full mile and brought… Continue reading Be My Friend