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With 2008 upon us, it seems now would be as appropriate a time as any for us to take just a few minutes to take a step back. A step back to reflect on our lives up to this point, think about how we handled 2007 and prepare for the year ahead.

What did 2007 mean to you? How much did you change in 365 days? What’s going to change now that we’re crossing into ’08? Have you met the goals you set for yourself?

In this new year try to continue setting your goals daily, always raising the bar, always keeping on the up and up, always envisioning the next movement, and always preparing to outdo yourself. It won’t be easy, but what is?

With this new year comes a new beginning. Once again, we’re on the brink of a new opportunity.

An opportunity to make things right. Shift your mind, shift your perceptions, open the door and walk through without delay. How or what you choose to shift is entirely up to you. If you decide to do something to improve yourself, there’s no time to put things off – act immediately. What are you waiting for? Often times it seems thinking about the difficulty of the task at hand is more excruciating than actually doing it.

Your mind is a powerful tool, an extremely powerful tool. It determines where you take yourself, how you carry yourself there and what you do once you’ve arrived. We can accomplish whatever goals we set for ourselves. Just keep going, keep climbing. Go further. Go just a little bit further, every single day.

I consider myself a pretty amateur cat in this game of life. Because of this I don’t come bearing specific advice, guidance, the key or the answers. I simply share my thoughts; I share them with you just as I’m sharing them with myself. I come as a player, a teammate, a fellow colleague on this field of existence known as life.

As a fellow player in this game I’ve come to realize some of the complexities of life while continuing to learn new ones along the way. In this game: the players change, the rules change, there are no referees, the hall of fame is too broad to contain in one location and there are millions of ways to both win and lose. You can even lose and win simultaneously. In comparison to the games we’ve created for ourselves and our society, I can honestly say I’ve never played one quite like this.

The great part about this game is although we’re all technically on the same playing field, there is no opposing team, no enemy and there doesn’t always have to be a loser. However, enemies can create themselves, alliances can develop and the rules can be ignored. We can regulate to the best of our abilities; but quite frankly there’s just no referee, no time limit and no rules.

Yet we must keep playing, keep redefining and keep moving forward. Disregard those who manipulate the game and play it your own way. You will meet likeminded teammates along the way. Together… any feat is attainable.

In my most recent entry to ambition, I wrote “Never settle for less, fuck satisfaction.” This applies to the game, ourselves, our relationships, our world, our lives, our future and present. A motto, if you will.

A wise man by the name of Chuck Drury once said, “Every day you get better at something or you get worse at it, you never stay the same.” Thoroughly examine his words and you too shall realize nothing is truly permanent. I’ve heard that nothing in life is guaranteed but death – so shape your own existence.

Like us, this world is changing, we are changing, everything is evolving. Prepare yourself accordingly by continuing to better yourself. Continue to develop your ambitions, heighten your expectations, express your thoughts, build your world, continue setting and pursuing your goals, strengthen your relationships and never ever disregard or ignore that which inspires you. The mind truly is a terrible thing to waste.

Take part in this evolution, this revolution, this bright new day. As we embark on 2008, nobody knows what lies ahead. We can only continue shaping everything we know and love into something better and better.

We are the future, and it begins now.

[quote]”Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
– Chuck Drury[/quote]

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Opportunity

Here you stand on the brink of a new opportunity. A new beginning, an open door, an endless possibility.

What to think, how to feel, where to focus the mind? So much going on, you can really never have everything exactly as you’d like it. You can only hustle, keep moving, keep attacking, never back down, never surrender. Just like he said; one thing at a time. Over think and you’ll overwhelm.

You can do this, never give up, never back down. This is just a day, a shot. The time is now. Never look back, look forward. Look forward but don’t force yourself to see everything. Go with the flow, feel the rhythm. Feel it on the inside. Feel it on the outside. Feel it in your heart.

Inspire, inspire yourself, convince yourself, show yourself.
Prove yourself.

Dare to be great. Dare to pave the way.
Dare to make the move. Dare to move forward.
Dare to believe in yourself. Dare to believe.

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Farewell

Ambitious mind, thoughts spill fluent in the darkness
Overlook the world through the windows of my fortress.

Spending mental dollars trying to calculate this life
Keeping track of change with each green leaf to the knife.

Mind remains stainless even through times of anguish
Until unexpected words cause personal issue to vanquish.

Find a job, go to school, get to the library
Then to witness grueling examples of how life is temporary.

Heat rushes from the furnace, the pilot light is on
Yet things never remain the same with each recurring dawn.

A week ago there was a friend, a brother and a son
A captain and a colleague, a defender on the run.

A voice behind the stretches, some comfort in the trenches
One who’s main concern lie between those metal benches.

It’s so hard to see life end so shortly after it’s begun
Though he would want us to remember having so much fun.

Who knew how far one could touch with the mere wingspan of a man
If you couldn’t realize before perhaps now you can.

Funny thing about words which makes writing so easy and so tough
When you want them there’s too many,
When you need them there’s never enough.

There’s a million words to say but not enough to say it right
Though nothing can change the fact we’re playing one short tonight.

Though we can’t all be together to raise up our brew
There are still a few things that can bring him to you.

Look to the sky, to the sun or the moon
Picture a cool winter day or a sunny afternoon.

Just like the weather he will always be there
From the warm sun on your face to the wind in your hair.

Remember the laughs, the jokes and the tears
Remember the triumphs, the victories and the cheers.

His soul remains in our hearts and in every bit of Pomperaug High
In every blade of grass, in every star in the sky.

From when he walked this Earth to when he entered Heaven’s door
There was nobody like our friend Will Rickert, number 54. 

Rest In Peace Will Rickert
10/20/07

LLFIST forever.

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My 820 Ambitions

I can hear the earth breathing all around me. A gentle breeze passes overhead as the trees that surround me sway ever so gently. The sky, a pale blue with smears of white and gray. I hear children in the distance, cars and trucks, people working. It seems no matter where you are there is no escaping these sounds. Not if we want to keep living the way we live.

In time, this twentieth day of August is slightly more than halfway over; but mentally it has only just begun. What is this day, this time, this number… 820. What is it, which is it and why is it today?

I can’t tell you that I know enough about this life to where I’m at the point that there’s a list of things I’m completely sure of. Now, after twenty years roaming this Earth sometimes it feels the only thing I can be sure of is myself. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Well I’m wandering and I don’t really care if I’m lost.

As I wander, I write, I think, I feel, I experience, I remember and I forget. I capture, I record, I learn, I try to understand and help understand. Obstacles surround me just as they surround all of us. Holding us back, pushing us down and separating us to all different sides. But there is no sense in over-complicating this situation; over-analyzing it until the mere thought of its existence causes one to do nothing at all to avoid confronting these obstacles head on. Its kind of like stressing over the amount of time it will take to fold your laundry. It would be over much quicker if you just grab that ball of clothes, lay them out and start folding.

Life can be approached in a similar manner.

I might not know where I’m going, what I’m doing or how I’ll get there, all I know is that I’m going. I might not follow the same path as others or travel a familiar course, but I know that the journey is just as important as the destination.

This is what 820 is about.

As a slightly younger buck, the house in which I currently reside was my vacation spot. Not a vacation in the sense that I was escaping a place, but that I was going somewhere new and different in my mind. Though young and somewhat innocent at the time, I was still subjected to the toils of “daily life.” Getting up early, work, school, physical activity and so forth. So it wasn’t until later in the day that I would have a chance to relax, to think and to wander.

That time of day when afternoon meets evening, when day meets night. Light and dark slowly begin fading into one another, calmness sets in across the landscape. Your mind slows down to the beat of your heart and your heart speeds up the the beat of your mind. Warm meets cold, the sun meets the horizon and the colors of the sky meet the back of your eyes. It was at this time, it is at this time: 820, that things begin to change.

Thoughts of the world, life, people, business and future filled the room when the sound of our voices didn’t. The words that were spoken were merely acknowledgments of a similar mental plane of thought. A plane where ideas blossomed at such a rate it became difficult to choose where to focus. Dreams and visions become one at this time; a time for converting dreams to reality and thoughts into progress.

The time, the number and the idea can’t be contained in sixty seconds, twenty-four hours or any other duration. They are all simply means of recognition. Recognition of the concept that your body is your temple. Your mind, life, soul and heart represent your contribution to this world. Your legacy, your feelings and your being can be as important or unimportant as you choose for them to be. Who you are is who you are. There is no escaping you so you might as well enjoy your stay.

This time, this place, this idea, this is who I am.

At 8:20pm, at 8:20am, on August 20th, when my lunch costs $8.20, when a song lasts eight minutes and twenty seconds, when I see 820 on a license plate: I remember this number and this idea that I’ve had as long as I can remember.

We’re all here for a reason just as everything happens for a reason. This is auditory, visual and mental stimulation. Advancement of ideas and thoughts. Dedication to creating quality product. Staying true to oneself. Never giving up, never surrendering. The virtue of patience. Following one’s dreams while living them.

This network, these phrases, this website, these thoughts, these photos, these videos, these words, this journal, these memories and these dreams I share with you because this is what I’m about, this is who I am and this is where I’m at. You are reading this for a reason, you came here for a reason.

I dream, I jam, I write, I think, I share. These are my 820 ambitions. Live the dream.

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Feel it in your phalanges

In the massive landscape of the digital realm lies an island. This island, a mere speck in a universe of minimal boundaries is unique, easy to find and hard to forget. A place to inspire and be inspired. On this island, an island of the mind, heart, soul and body nothing exists but your truest, deepest feelings, inspiration and drive.

We’re all here together. There is no manual for this life; no guidebook, no checklist, no fountain of wisdom. We have ourselves, our feelings, our contributions to existence, the world and the people that surround us. What we do to each other effects everyone just like what we do to the world effects everyone. Those that existed long before us set a framework of this world we live in and enjoy everyday. What are we doing with it? What are we doing with our nature, our water, our people, our lives, our friends, our days, our hearts, our bodies, our time, our world?

What are we here for if not to share, experience, help and grow with each other?

Sometimes its tough to understand why certain things happen, however we only have control of ourselves and how we live our lives. We only live once. In this place, this beautiful land of animals and vegetation and humans and inventions, we exist as a piece of the puzzle. How we feel and how we live as a planet and a human race effects everything that is.. being alive. Don’t we want those who come after us to enjoy this as we have? Shouldn’t we share it with them as its been shared with us?

On this island, we relax and lay under the palm trees by the water. We scope the spectrum of blues on the mountains in the distance. We think and we share; our photos, videos, stories, thoughts, life, inspiration, style, feelings and dreams. We learn about ourselves and each other. We share our ambition.

This is our island. Filled with sights, sounds, adventures, stories and passion. Pluck some fruit from a tree, lay down in the grass and listen to the tunes.