Journal Entry – 10.20.2016

Sunset at Nick's - Rockaway Beach - 10.20.2016

It is 5:16 AM.

Today I have an all day travel industry event and must leave very early so my morning ‘me time’ is cut very short.  These things can be a bit draining but also great opportunities to do a lot of networking.  Needless to say I’m looking forward to tomorrow which is Friday.  Work has been much busier than usual because yet again I have to fill in for another territory.  I’ll be glad when we get someone permanently in place there.

Halloween is also almost here and I’m trying very hard to get into the mood and appreciate the beginning of the holiday season.  One of my son’s favorite movies is The Nightmare Before Christmas so we’ve watched that and have been listening to two of the best songs which are: “This is Halloween,” and “What’s This?”  The song ‘This is Halloween,” also has a version sung by Marilyn Manson which I appreciate:

The decorations are up and we’ll be carving the pumpkins soon.  But, due to work being so busy I’m still not completely in the holiday spirit just yet.

As for karate my body continues to be sore as it is being twisted, punched, kicked and going through workouts which it just isn’t used to.  It is used to the gym and lifting weights from which there is always a speedy recovery but karate is a whole different matter.  My body doesn’t recover as quickly and it makes me feel a bit old here at only 39.  I plan on continuing karate for the rest of my life so I’m banking on my body adjusting because things could be worse at 50 if it hasn’t.

It is great to be able to do karate with my son.  I can see it already gives great confidence and confidence is critical during the school years.  Without confidence kids get picked on, never get a girlfriend, get worse grades and generally just have a bad to mediocre time.  With confidence however, school can be a lot of fun, especially high school.

Last night we watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I hadn’t seen in a long time and it is remains a great movie 30 years later.  The best line is “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”  There is a lot of wisdom in that quote!  For so many people life is work, whether that be going to an office everyday or completing a series of tasks.  Everyone has a series of tasks to be completed everyday but how many stop and just be?  How many stop and appreciate the special moments that appear throughout each and every day but often go by unnoticed?

In the movie Ferris’ father works in a high rise, has a nice office with a view and drives an Audi.  But these things are paid for with the greater part of the week.  He spends each and every day in that office except for weekends.  Money is necessary to live but it is sad to think that the world demands people still spend the majority of their lives working, in order to get money, in order to pay for shelter, food and now thousands of unnecessary things as well such as bigger, fancier shelter, a number of vehicles, more stuff!

With technology life was supposed to get easier, it was supposed to give us more free time.  But greed takes over and ‘more’ is never enough so here we are working as much as ever.  It is sad to think that most of humanity must look back on their lives and think 90% of my time was spent working, doing something I really didn’t enjoy.  I hope that future humans would at least be able to spend 50% of the time they are alive not working but be completely free to do whatever they wish.

Decision time.  The sunrise today is at 7:24 AM and I would have to leave even earlier to catch it.  That means I should go get dressed now and out the door soon.

Decision made – it has been a long while since I’ve seen a sunrise, I’m going.

Got the sunrise and sunset!

Oyster Point sunrise on 10.20.2016
Oyster Point sunrise on 10.20.2016
Sunset at Nick's - Rockaway Beach - 10.20.2016
Sunset at Nick’s – Rockaway Beach – 10.20.2016

By Mateo de Colón

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/