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May 24, 2011

Filed under: Random Thoughts — arschram @ 2:12 am

To thy own self be true. We often live our lives according to the whims of others. Whether they be our parents, friends or teachers. Many of us choose our jobs and hobbies with the intention of pleasing those whom already surround us. Sometimes we become successful with these things, often we don’t. As a younger man, I would spend a lot of time hunting and fishing and camping with my family. I thought that I did these activities because I loved to do them. But upon moving out on my own, I ceased most of them within a few months. I began to realize that I did them because my fathers passion influenced me. Left to my own devices, I would rather pick up a book or a paintbrush or perhaps find a little dive restaurant with a close friend. I like to daydream and am fascinated by both future technology and ancient civilizations, as opposed to drunken bush parties or hitting the hottest clubs.

Growing up in small town Canada though, I was not only influence by my father but just by what I was SUPPOSED to be. I was supposed to love camping. I was supposed to like AC/DC and Nickelback and Seether, not Norah Jones and Amos Lee and Alexi Murdoch. I was supposed to watch hockey every time there was a game on, not be reading science fiction novels. And so, as I grew older I stopped doing the things that I enjoyed and started to participate in things that would help me fit in. I hung out with people I didn’t like and who didn’t particularly like me. I was an outcast among my friends. I was miserable and it only added to my depression.

And now, I’m surrounded by wonderfully eccentric people who love me precisely for the the things that others thought made me weak. I chose to do the things that made me happy and it has made all the difference in my life.

Don’t let those fools tell what it means to be strong. What it means to be alive. Always always always follow your heart. You’ll never be steered wrong. Your heart is the guiding light of your life. Listen to it. “First star on the right and straight on till morning.”

Much love.

Aaron

 

Random Thought #6 April 11, 2011

Filed under: Random Thoughts — arschram @ 5:35 am
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29 years old. 15 different jobs. And what to show? I find myself far from where a man of my age “should” be in life. Perhaps the average person would look at me with some form of contempt. Perhaps he might look down on me as a drifter. A man who can’t hold a job. Lazy or incompetent. Imbecile. I’ve never been fired from a job. I’ve been laid off a few times, but more often than not I quit when the job no longer suits me. I learn what I must and I move on. It is as simple as that. I cannot bare to stagnate; to rot on the vine.

I’ve worked many jobs. Waiter. Train conductor. Plumber. Car salesman. Courtesy shuttle driver. Some have paid well. Others…. not so much. I’ve learned leadership. I’ve learned organization. I’ve learned to be assertive. I’ve learned what hard work truly is and I’ve learned to slow down. I’ve learned to support and to allow myself to be supported.

Our lives are what we make of them. Nothing more, and nothing less. We are only as great as the experiences we take from our lives and when we face a challenge head on, only then do we grow and become what we long to be. We are not born as cowards. I became a car salesman because it terrified me. This is why I WILL have those things which I desire.

What fear have you faced? What fear have you conquered? Yes, you deserve high praise indeed. We both do. Few of us ever use our so-called higher intellect to control our fear and rise above what we “should” be capable of. But we do just that and we grow ever more powerful because of it. When you decide what it is we want to overcome you will be thrust into those situations time and time again. It is up to you to recognize that the lesson has been laid before you. Take it. Seize it. Become great.

 

Random Thought #5 March 28, 2011

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I love you.

 

Random Thought #4

Filed under: Random Thoughts — arschram @ 1:05 am

When it comes to personal development, there is almost never a ‘eureka’ moment. Self improvement is about baby steps. It’s about doing the little things, day in and day out. Much like when you lose weight, because you see yourself in a mirror every day, you don’t realize just how big the transformation is until you run into someone whom you haven’t seen in a long time.

Remember, just because you aren’t noticing the changes, it doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any change. Keep on keeping on my friend, and you will eventually become that which you desire to become.

 

Random Thought #3 March 21, 2011

Filed under: Random Thoughts — arschram @ 1:24 am

When I’ve been in the depths of despair, I have prayed for my friends success, love, happiness and prosperity. I do this because sometimes it is very difficult for me to see my own worth and to pray for myself with love. However, it is very easy for me to pray for my friends with love. It is very easy for me to inject passion into what I want my friends to accomplish. I’ve done this for Mike, Debby, Andi, Darren, Jessica, my sister and many others. It feels good. It lifts my spirits and things begin to change. I am given opportunities that I were not there before and I receive more love in return. My life improves almost immediately in every way, almost magically.

Remember, when you give with love, the universe pays you back tenfold. Without fail, every time.

 

Random Thought #2

Filed under: Random Thoughts — arschram @ 1:23 am

We are not SUPPOSED to do anything. Society has somehow conditioned us into these mindless husks. Let me explain what our culture says is proper for and the right way to live a good life. We go to school, study hard, get into a great college, study even harder, get hired on at a large company with great benefits, start our march up the corporate ladder, meet a mate, buy a house, apply for credit cards, buy a car, buy furniture, maintain good credit, have children, work harder, bla bla bla retire at 65. This defines success. But you know what? When I meet most of these people, they aren’t happy. I say most, not all. To those who are happy with this path, all power to you. I truly mean that. Bust to those that didn’t think this way, they wanted to travel the world. They wanted to play in a band or fly to the moon. And someone told them they couldn’t. So they didn’t. That’s not fucking success. To be true to yourself is success. To live a life of passion is success. The world could be an even more magnificent place if we all lived from our passionate hearts. At least, that’s what I believe.

 

Random Thought #1

Filed under: Random Thoughts — arschram @ 1:22 am
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We spend our lives searching for this great meaning. For some esoteric definition of what we are supposed to do with our lives. There is only one answer. That is Love. No matter where we go. No matter what we do or who we meet we must do it with love and meet them with love. And through love the world is changed. Little by little each one of us does our part. And little by little each of us can shift the consciousness of the world. Direct your love at someone who has wronged you. Direct it at someone who has wronged someone else. They are most in need of it. Direct your love at a beautiful piece of art. A passionately written song or a wonderful piece of literature. The more we do this, the more that these incredible things will present themselves to us.