Remember that common saying, "Never judge a book by its cover."
When can you judge a book, then? Once you finish reading it.
Apparently, judging people comes from our human instincts (and human nature). It is a habit as well.
Heck, I enjoy people-watching as I judge them. (Call myself a jerk, then. Every day, I believe everybody judges at least one stranger. It is impossible to avoid it.)
Why do I judge people?
It gives me confidence, but it is the "sore loser" way. (Putting people down makes me better.) Also, it is entertaining. I am insecure, then.
I do not like the person's choice. For instance, I see a couple walking together. I shook my head. Why, so? I see a guy wearing his pajamas, while his lady has a gorgeous dress on. He has no style. She took the time to look pretty for him. (I assumed that he did not put in the time and effort.)
I am jealous. For instance, I see a pretty lady with an average-looking man. Why is she with that dude? She can find somebody better, like myself.
Therefore, I am not completely (100%) happy with myself, then.
Enough with the judging people part. (Go ahead, and judge me.)
How to stop myself from judging others?
16 years later, we remember 9/11/2001.
Terrorists attacked America. Many people died. (Long story, short. Google the rest of the 9/11 story. Sorry, I did not mean to quickly cut it off.)
Where were you when it happened on Tuesday, September 11, 2001?
What is my drive? What is my motivation?
Honestly, it is tough to get my mind fully focused 24/7.
Remember, it goes with the common saying, "Everything happens for a reason." Also, you know what they say, "Hard work pays off."
Yes, I get lazy almost every time I get off my bed in the morning. (I am not much of a morning person.) Most importantly, drinking a cup of coffee always starts my day.
We must set a target goal, or else there will be no motivation.
Yes, I am a tennis coach. For instance, I tell my tennis kids that they must get at least 10 shots in a row. (Focus on consistency. Just grind it out.) Once they do, I must jump over the tennis net.
It is crazy how most entrepreneurs find ways to work less hours, while others work 40 hours a week.
Enough with myself thinking outside of the box. Let's go back to this question, "What motivates you as a lifestyle/personal blogger?"
That is a very good question. Honestly, I do not earn money from creating and writing this blog. (When I first started this blog, I was hugely concerned about earning money as my first priority. Now, I do not care for it anymore.)
Why continue blogging, then?
...that is how it is.
Right now, solar eclipse is underway. This morning, I tried looking for any eclipse glasses. (Why need eclipse glasses? It will protect your eyes from watching the solar eclipse. Also, you are able to clearly see the solar eclipse as it filters most of the sunlight.) Everywhere was sold out. FYI, the last solar eclipse occurred in 1979. (Then again, I did not come prepared.)
Now, I will write about this blog post.
(I am here multi-tasking. How, so? As I write this post, I am listening to Lifehouse song, "It Is What It Is." Also, the TV is left on, as I watch the news about the solar eclipse, while I drink my coffee.)
Again, it is what it is...that is how it is.
Somehow, I meet women while I run errands or something. (When I meet them, they are on vacation.) Apparently, they live far away from me. It just happens. Possibly, they assume the long-distance relationship is not gonna go anywhere.
What is Outside Lands?
It is a music festival held once a year at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. It is a 3-day event that started from Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13. Each day, it starts from noon until 10ish pm. (No camping. By the way, I barely took pictures and videos. I wanted to conserve my cell phone's battery life. Sorry.)
It reminds me of a mini-Coachella, even though I have not been there just yet. (People I met at OL agreed with me though.) Finally, I have experienced OL.
Last Thursday night, I signed up as a volunteer for OL right before I hit its deadline. (It was last minute.) Before I confirmed the full details as a volunteer, I had to pay a $20 cover, and a security deposit of $355. ($375 total.)
Why become a volunteer? FYI, volunteers keep the park clean. Once festival ends, my security deposit will be returned.
Here goes my OL experience story...
It is tough to be open towards people. I guess you can say I am open, ever since I started on this blog. (Whoa, this is my 87th blog post and counting.)
Why write about "openness?"
It came to my mind. It is crazy how some people bottle up their emotions. (They secretly keep it low key.) How do you know? I know some people.
Then again, it depends on the situation as well. How, so? I lost my sister tragically. I only wanted to be alone. (I chose to be isolated.)
Remember, you cannot force anybody to open up.
Call myself a great listener. I usually meet people, then they just unexpectedly vent to me. How, so? Possibly, I connect with them. Then, they start venting. Who knows?
Remember, everything happens for a reason. It is our choice to be "open." We choose our friends. This goes back to my high school PE coach. How, so? He told my class many times, "Life is all about choices."
Example of people who bottle up their emotions:
Why were you there anyway?
My best friend's Uncle is retiring from the US Navy as Master Chief of 30 years.
How is your best friend related to Uncle?
My best friend's mother is the sister of Uncle's wife.
Why attend anyway?
I am Shawn Hunter of TV show, "Boy Meets World." If you have not seen the show, Shawn gets along with his best friend's family.
I was in San Diego from July 13 to July 17. (FYI, my best friend flew with his sister and mother to SD.)
Before you read, I believe this is the longest blog post I have ever written. If you are impatient, read only the bold sentences.
Honestly, I hate text messaging. For instance, I cannot determine the person's reaction. Obviously, I can only see the words, letters, emojis, SMSs (Short Message Services), MMSs (Multimedia Messaging Services), GIFs (Graphics Interchange Formats), and any other type of text messaging on my phone.
Why you cannot determine person's reaction via text messaging?
An example of a SMS is "LOL." It stands for laughing out loud. "LOL" ends up as "LOS." "LOS" stands for laughing out silently. (I just made this up, unless it has already been used.) For instance, I received a text joke, during my work meeting. I quickly texted, "LOL." (Literally, I was not laughing out loudly. Only laughing in my mind. Why, so? Again, at a work meeting.)
In this Day and Age, mostly everybody is texting each other.
At the top of my head, here is a list shown below of texting stereotypes: (Based on experience from myself, and others)
What do you mean?
I can say whatever I want to an attractive lady. Obviously, it is up to the lady. (It is her choice.) I cannot force the issue. Let it be.
Many examples shown below:
This is a toughest blog post to write about.
My dad and I had a history. People see me as a nice, sweet guy. My close friends know I have a temper. (I have controlled my temper. Good news: It is better than ever before.)
What do you mean by having a history with your dad? To this day, we have our disagreements. Before, we took it at an extreme level. How, so? We kept arguing. (Both hotheads always proving a point to each other.) You can never win an argument. (Now, I have learned that. Just let it be.)
Remember the common saying, "Like father, like son." It is true. A list shown below is how I am similar to my father:
(Remember that Nickelodeon TV cartoon show, Doug)
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