Archive for July, 2011

TTDBYD #7 – Enjoy Mother Nature in All of Her Splendor

With all of the technology of today, you’re never far disconnected from everything. Whether it be world news, sports, friends – you’re always connected. But have you ever taken some time just for you? Get away from all of the technology, if only for a short while, and enjoy mother nature.

You could just lay in the park and enjoy the sun, go to a lake or ocean beach, to the north woods, watch a sunset, or even just go to a backyard. It doesn’t matter where you go, but finding some beauty in this world could really make a difference in your life. Make it count.

TTDBYD #6 – Conquer Your Fears (Or Atleast Try)

Everyone in the world has fears, so you’re not alone. But the only problem is that people can go thru their whole life with these handicapping fears. Fears are something to be recognized and solved. Conquer your fears and try to get over it. You will be a better person in the end if you can succeed.

There are 2 types of fears; rational fears and irrational fears.

The latter is easier to conquer because there is no basis for being afraid of pickles. What did they ever do to you?

Click this picture to see an irrational fear.

A rational fear is much more common. Rational fears would be; public speaking, heights, clowns,  spiders, etc.

I have a friend who is afraid of clowns. This seems typical, right? yes, except for why he is afraid of clowns. When he was younger, he went to a circus with his family. While enjoying the show, a clown thought he would be funny and pop a balloon. The problem was that balloon belonged to my friend. The clown walked up to him, popped his balloon, laughed in his face and walked away. It seems to me that people would more likely hate clowns than be afraid of them. Anyways, the point is we attempt to draw this fear out of him occasionally. Clown birthday cards. Clown Halloween costumes. Even wearing that clown mask while peeking at him through his window late at night. He has not yet gotten over this fear.

My fear of heights had recently surfaced. I went with a friend to Cedar Point and the unexpected happened. And i know what you’re thinking, ‘Why go to a theme park if you’re afraid of heights??” Well the truth is i love rollercoasters. I love the rush as you take that first drop, those corkscrews and loops. But I hate that first climb. You know that part where the rollercoaster is dragged up 300 feet (click-click-click) before you hit that first drop. So we get into the park and the first ride we go to is Millennium Force, my friends favorite ride ever. It kind of reminded me of Raging Bull at my Chicagoland Six Flags. So after patiently waiting in line for an hour, we finally hopped in the train to enjoy our ride. I put on my seatbelt, click-click my waistbar down, get safety checked and off we go. As we click-click-clicked our way up to the top my anxiety steadily increased. click-click-click. click-click-click. click-click-sputter. Wait what? After climbing roughly 275 feet up this incline, the coaster stopped. I start freaking out to my friend; “Whats going on?!” “Its okay, don’t worry.” “WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO STOP HERE!” But stop there we did – for 30 minutes. We discovered that someone had messed with their seatbelt, and had let it come undone. So it was required that the operators stop the machine and fix the persons seatbelt. They fixed it and we were off. One of the scariest moments of my life, but I got through it. The rest of the day, I was not nearly as afraid of heights, I just wished that the coasters wouldn’t break down with me on them.

So, if you have any fears, face them. You never know what life could be like when you’re not deathly afraid of something.

Where we got stuck for 30 minutes...

How Much Does it Cost to go to Hogwarts? (via Centives)

Here is a post is found elsewhere that may interest some of you readers…
Thanks Centives!!

How Much Does it Cost to go to Hogwarts? In honour of the release of the final Harry Potter Film, Centives decided to investigate what it would cost to go to Hogwarts. Hogwarts is believed to be the best wizarding school in England. The average tuition for a year at England’s five most prestigious boarding schools is about £25,800. On page 51 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry receives a letter detailing the equipment that he is required to purchase for Hogwarts. The let … Read More

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TTDBYD #5 – Costume Up On A Day Other Than Halloween

Most everyone would agree that Halloween is the ultimate “holiday.” Kids love it because they get to dress up as their favorite Disney characters and get to frisk their neighbors for candy. Teens love it because they usually throw together some articles of clothing from home in hopes of being something simple, like a doctor or a chef, while trying to conceal their identities so they can destroy pumpkins in the street. College students love it because it gives the females the excuse to wear as little clothes as possible to a house party. Parents love it because they “get to feel like kids again,” whatever that means. So if everyone loves dressing up this much, how come we only do it once a year?! We need to remedy this with a TTDBYD.

There are many times other than Halloween that you can dress up and not look too foolish. Here are a few simple ideas to get you in a costume on a non-Halloween day.

Sporting events. That homecoming football game in high school if you have any school pride. And remember, at any professional sporting event you can get on national television, like those Raiders fans.

School Dances. And im not talking about Homecoming or Prom, that’s just dressy, not a costume. I’m talking about the Sadie Hawkins dance. When I was in high school the you had to dress like your date. There were plenty of movie references; Danny Zuko and Sandy, Han Solo and Leia or maybe even Mario and Princess Peach. Get Creative, have fun with it.

Costume Parties. Say you’re in college and you can no longer do the whole school dance thing. Find some friends with a big house that can hold a party and get a theme going. Pimps and Hoes. Jersey Shore. Shotgun Wedding. I’m On A Boat. Toga. Anything-But-Clothes. You get the idea.

Christmas. Of course there is the obvious, Santa. but if you want to have more fun than that, dress up as one of his helpers – pointy shoes and all. Spread some cheer, enjoy the mistletoe, and don’t forget the presents.

Movie Premieres. You know these people, the people who are so full of the movie they’re going to see that they completely embarrass themselves on purpose cause they think its fun. All of the Harry Potters, Frodo Baggins and Wolverines.

Or if you like the arts, participate in a play. To be… or not to be. Not only would you get to dress up as Romeo or Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, Cats, or even Alan Strang, but you really get to act the role.

So regardless of which path you take, you can have fun every day in costume. Except if you work for Liberty Tax.

4th of July Parade

Every year in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a 4th of July parade is held. And every year my father allows me to drive his 1971 Chevelle – bringing friends and throwing candy to kids. Thanks to my friend Anna, here is a look from the inside out.

TTDBYD #4 – Find Your Group Of Best Friends and Try Not To Lose Them Forever

Okay, so this may not exactly be a Thing To Do Before You Die, it is more of a life-long challenge. It’s so challenging because people change, people move, get married, die.

They say that the friends you make in college will be the friends that stay with you forever. But what about your high school friends?? Do they just get left behind when you head to college? For the most part, yes. Sadly. But if you’re like me, you try to stay close with your high school friends because they were your best friends for a reason. Dont ever forget that.

So regardless of who moved across the country or who is still living at home, get back into contact with one of your old best friends. Just because you’ve moved on with your life, doesn’t mean they have too.