Quarter century old

Today is my birthday; I have just turned 25.

I think back on my life so far, and what I have achieved  and look to the future. As I begin to phase out of the youthful part of my life and head toward the mature part, I think about where my life will lead me, and what I will be able to accomplish.

The world is a mess, it’s always been a mess, and it will always be a mess. But perhaps it is more of a mess today than it has ever been, and perhaps I can have something to do with fixing it; at least to the extent where we can get along enough to continue building the world around us instead of destroying it.

I was at a Tea Party Rally last night; it was pot luck and everyone brought good home cooked food. The mood was relatively somber. I know many of the older folks in there wanted Romney to win the election, and had worked hard to oust Obama. I felt a little bad that I had something to do with denying that chance, but at the same time I knew I was doing the right thing. You don’t fix a problem by delaying it further, and the republican party has some deep seated issues that need to be fixed before we can make any real progress. The good news is that many of them were ready to work even harder, and start working with the youthful libertarians; which is the future of the party.

I know I talk about politics a lot, heck that’s pretty much why I started this blog, and I know I get passionate on certain issues. I know that I don’t always agree with my friends on here, but I believe in freedom to the extent that I will always follow through on my convictions, and I’ll go against the  grain more often than not if I have to prove a point.

It is said that kites fly highest against the wind, and perhaps by flying against opposing viewpoints my opinions will get recognized and considered more.  I don’t like getting into arguments with people, especially not my friends and family. I don’t like the tension, and I’d rather just find common ground. I’ve said before to my family that you shouldn’t read this blog unless you have thick skin and can take it with a pinch of salt. I do a great deal of research into the subjects I write about, and I think I hit the mark more often than not on my view points.

I believe in freedom above all else. Individual liberty is the crowning achievement of mankind; it is the stepping block to all other achievements. I will continue my quest to unlock the shackles of over-burdensome government so that I might have a chance of continuing to build my own future through my middle years. I want to look back while in my twilight years at my accomplishments and say “yeah I stood up for that, I made those bold statements, I defended those principles” and be able to look at my grand kids and know that I did the right thing, and that they were able to prosper for it.

I think it’s important to do things differently, to break the mold, to exercise unique opinions. Some of what I say will flabbergast people, while other times I take a more mellow tone. I try to be balanced and provide as many facts as possible. I suppose I try to get people thinking more than anything. Thinking about everything from a different point of view and perspective. If you can think for yourself, and challenge your own previous opinions, you are well on the way to discovering Abundant Truth in your research.

I hope I hit the mark with much of what I post, and hope that I don’t offend or upset my friends too much on here. Nearly every one who has commented on here I consider a friend, and most of those people I have been lucky enough to meet in person.

I hope that going forward I can make more alliances than enemies. I think freedom is a universal concept, and once awakened, people will join the movement toward it.

I am a quarter century old today. I have achieved much over the last 25 years. Though there are a lot of uncertainties in the world today, I hope I can be part of the movement which changes it for the better. A quarter century from now I hope I can say that I made a difference, and that the world was better for it.

Honor thy parents

Today is my Mum’s birthday. She is now in her mid 50’s but she doesn’t look a day over 40. She has always been very good at dealing with life, and has always had a smile on her face. When I was growing up, she always managed to read about one book a week, while keeping the house clean and tidy, looking after my sister and I and working a part time job so that we could go on family vacations and do all the little extras in life. My dad always had a steady job, but with inflation, rising costs, and the ever increasing mountain of bills that comes with having children, bills were always a bit tight.

I get on well with my parents, but like any family, we have our differences. In fact, I’m somewhat of a black swan. My viewpoints differ greatly from that of my family, and my lifestyle is somewhat more extravagant, due to my ever consistent urge to find out more about the world around me and travel to every place possible. My mother and father did however give me a solid upbringing and life was always well structured. I thank my parents for the life that they gave me growing up. I always had room to grow and they gave me air to breathe. They let me go ride my mountain bike 4 miles into town when I turned 13, and they let me fly out to visit my girlfriend in the US, 4000 miles away when I had just turned 17. On riding my bike into town so that I could visit my friends and go dirt jumping, they told me that the only conditions were that I behaved myself, I was as careful as possible and that I returned before dark. I must admit a couple of times it was dusk by the time I got home and my dad did scold me for that. But, one of the most wonderful things my dad ever said to me was when I was only about 7 or 8 years old. I was asking about what I should be when I grew up. I asked about different trades and jobs that I had heard of, what they involved, how much they made. And then I asked what he and my mum wanted me to be. My dad said “son, you can be whatever you want to be. I want you to do whatever it is you want in life. So long as it makes you happy. I don’t care if you become a doctor or a street cleaner, so long as you’re happy in life, that’s all that matters to me.” Those words have defined my life. I know that he could not perceive where I would end up in life, or that I would move to another country to marry the girl of my dreams. How can anyone ever tell exactly what their kids will end up doing in life?

My parents have always been very supportive, but they’ve never just given me money to do whatever I wanted. My mountain bike dirt jumping had progressed from the age of 13 to 15, and I had already broken two bikes. It was time for me to upgrade and get some stronger parts to build myself a worthy trail bike. I asked my dad how I could afford it, and he told me to get myself a part time job. And so I did. I worked a paper route every morning for the next year, and eventually I had a great bike that I had put together myself. I still ride that bike today.

I know that not everyone has great parents, and I know the tendency to rebel against them. I consider myself very lucky to have parents that were so supportive and let me be myself. I’ve known a lot of parents to be very demanding of their children. They insist that their kids do well in school, or that they take out the trash. While chores are understandable, especially in a busy household, and especially since it enforces responsibility in the child. I do wonder at the supposed wisdom of pressuring your child into ‘doing well’ in school. I think it is more important that you show your child what the world is really like, and what hard work is, and show them what an education about the world around you can do to enhance your life. Having watched shows such as ‘the Indy Chronicles’ I can honestly say that I have learned more from reading books and the act of doing or constructing something, than sitting in class listening to a teacher or writing out some essay.

Even if your parents do bare down on you, always honor them. Their intentions are always good, even if they are misplaced. When you leave home you can do whatever you like, but always remember the best parts of what your parents taught you. You can always discard the parts that you don’t like. I feel that so many people get caught up on the negatives in life, they forget to look at the positives. Always take the positives with you, and leave the negatives behind. The future is bright if your outlook is, and your past need never drag you down.

Honor your parents with the respect they deserve, and always bite your lip when they test your patience. Remember that they were very patient with you when you were born!

Oh, and happy birthday Mum!