The Personal Manifesto

Holy wow its been a long time since I posted! My apologies friends, I did not foresee my writing apathy would extend beyond my schoolwork. It is a depressing feeling being so sick of writing papers, book reports, and target market summaries that it affects my passion for my other writing projects.

Thankfully now I am done with school for the summer, and I have many ambitious plans for spending my time. First of all I’m going to start posting more on this blog. Although my recent writing inclinations have leaned towards the political and religious I will spare everyone the task of slogging through those types of posts. I think that the work I do in that vein will be mostly for myself, a way of getting my thoughts in order and bringing in references and a sense of concreteness to my ideology.

To me the concept of a manifesto is one I associate with Communism or hippies trying to “fight the system, man”. But now that I think about it, I don’t think there are enough manifestos out there. Not the kind that you print out at Kinko’s and hand out on your local college campus, but a more personal document. A list of your beliefs, views, and hopes for the future.

When you are forced to write down what you believe and find support for it, you begin to get a better grasp of your own thought processes and ca match up new information with what you hold to be true. Part of the reason that I think so many people today are adrift in the ocean of their own lives is that they don’t know what to believe or why to believe it. Everything is based on emotion; it’s about what makes them feel good at the moment.

Maybe I will share this document here when it is finished, but the primary motivation is personal. I don’t intend to convince anyone with this document or start any debates. I think of it as an exploration in rhetoric, a research project, and above all a statement of personal doctrine.

Wish me luck!

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Making Summer Your Own

I just recently left my job. I am still going to be an employee there (I have a good understanding with my boss), but I am taking the summer off for me. This is something I needed. I liked where I work. The people are great and the pay is reasonable, but the stress and hassle of the job was not what I wanted to remember from this summer.

I want this summer to be about swimming with my girlfriend. Going for walks. Stargazing. Having fun with friends. Vacations to exciting places.

Is there something holding you back from doing what you want this summer? I realize that not everyone has the luxury of quitting work, but there are still things you can do in order to ensure that your summer doesn’t fall by the wayside.

  1. Spend time with the people you love.
  2. Enjoy activities only available in the warmer months (going to the beach, barbecuing, sunbathing, etc.)
  3. Take pleasure in the small things (a cold drink, the sunset, a bonfire with friends)
  4. Make it a priority to go somewhere new or experience a new activity.
  5. Harness the excitement of summer to do something that you have been putting off.

As I said, summer may not be all fun and games. Bills still have to be paid, and life’s issues don’t stop coming at you. But if you can take the right attitude towards summer, you can make it a time for new experiences, people you love, and things you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

If you have any other things that you do to enjoy the summer, please comment below!