February 26 – Challenges Become Opportunities

People face so many different challenges every day. Whether the challenge is a passing a test or quiz, a vehicle not starting, or trying to finish a work project before the deadline. I believe challenges are not a bad thing. Challenges make people stronger and provide different opportunities.
I will use the example of working out. I am currently on day 52 of the 60 day Insanity Challenge with Team BeachBody. I received Insanity as a Christmas gift, so what other holiday is around Christmas? New Years which means New Year Resolutions. So entering the new year starting a full time job, being a full time student, and starting the Insanity program seemed to be a great challenge. I would have to wake up early, workout, get ready for work, go to work, go to school at night, and then go to bed. Talk about a life! But I did not look at it like that. I looked at my situation as a life builder. I find the more activities I have going on in my life the more organized I tend to be and the less lazy I am. This challenge has given be the opportunity to have a better lifestyle and to look at life differently.

February 19, 2013 – Self-Reliance and Individualism

Do you have a sense of imagination? Have you noticed a change in your creativity from the time you were little to now? What has changed? As a person grows older, they face more experiences and become accustomed to his or her own beliefs, norms, and values. A child has no worries in the world. Their biggest challenge is what color to make the school in their project. As people grow, more worries and challenges exist. These worries and challenges make a person create patterns and precautions to take every day. Imagination and creativity diminish as the years go on because adults are focusing on different, more involved problems in the “real world,” not allowing any room for an open-mind or creativity. Robert Fulghum provides the best example of how imagination decreases as he grew older. In “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten” Fulghum states, “Each spring, for many years, I have set myself the task of writing a personal statement of belief: a Credo. When I was younger, the statement ran for many pages, trying to cover every base, with no loose ends. The Credo has grown shorter in recent years – sometimes cynical, sometimes comical, and sometimes bland.” Fulghum had a large amount of imagination when he was a child which allowed him to go on and on in his Credos. But as he grew older, his imagination decreased, taking away his very detailed Credos. Going through experiences as we grow fills our minds with meaningless information. Our minds become more and more complex, taking the creativity and imagination completely away. Some people go through a repetitive routine every single day and follow other people’s directions, not thinking for their selves. Without the creativity to create our own ideas and opinions, people become robots. Ralph Waldo Emerson discusses individualism in his essay “Self-Reliance.” Emerson states, “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of event. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.” Emerson mentions childlike which relates to having creativity and imagination, and how even grown men should act “childlike” and be independent, not worrying about being like other people, following like a robot.

February 5th, Super Bowl

The big game was this past Sunday at 6:30 PM. I was cheering for the Ravens because the inspirational Michael Oher, from the famous movie “The Blind Side,” plays for that team. For those who watched the game, we all experienced the power outage in the third quarter which delayed the game by over half an hour. When the power was restored and the game started again, the 49ers almost won the game. In my opinion, the power outage had a huge impact on this game. If it did not happen, I do not believe the 49ers would have scored as many points as they did. As my first blog post, I am going to analyze how the power outage during the Super Bowl 2013 impacted each team.

The power outage was definatelty an advantage for the 49ers. This gave the 49ers a chance to regroup, talk strategy and rest. Obviously this is exactly what the team did because they entered the game and almost ended up winning the Super Bowl. As for the Ravens, they were winning the game when the crisis happened. Since they were in the lead, they focused on staying loose and focused during the power outage. The Ravens should have focused more on how they could improve as well to keep the lead. The power outage seemed to be more of a disadvantage for the Ravens because their opponent received a chance to recoupe and come out strong once the game started again. In my opinion, the power outage played a huge impact on the score of the game, and could have changed the outcome completely. I believe that if the power outage did not happen, the game would have been completely different.