The Good, The Bad, & This Kid: ďShedding SkinĒ

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Last week I was screwed over with a job I applied for. It went like this, I got a letter saying to schedule an interview with the Library, then Human Resources called me telling me that the letter was an error. I wasnít selected to have an interview. I meet all the requirements for said job, but what can you do? Anyway, I tell you all this for a reason; Iím making a change in my life. Which means, itís time for another ďmotivationalĒ column from moi (yes, Iím American and I still use French words, what of it?). So, join me if you will, as I take you down a more personal road then my previous columns. That is, if Tim hasnít scared everyone away from the Soapbox.

Itís a little early for New Yearís Resolutions, but itís close enough for me. The events of last week have made me realize what I want for myself, and what I have to do to get it. Iíve never really had anything handed to me in my life, so I know how to work for what I want, and Iíve just got to get on the ball again. Iíve been lax with my writing as of late, Iíve been concentrating more on my current state and not on where Iím going. So, no more. Iíve been writing everyday on my short story, and Iím going to finish this thing soon. Itís no longer good enough just to casually write it, Iím hell bent on finishing it. I want to be a writer, and in order to be one, Iíve got to fucking write. Itís as simple as that.

Not only have I been pushing myself now, but Iím pushing Mary as well. No, Iím not beating up my girlfriend, Iím making sure she works for what she wants as well. She wants to be an artist, Iíve mentioned here before how we are working on a comic proposal, so sheís drawing everyday now too. Weíre both taking our destinies into our own hands, and getting our shit together. Obviously itís not something thatís going to happen over night, but weíve been rejuvenated by this past weekís events, and our eyes are pried open. Itís going to take hard work, and Iím sure there will be rejections, but this is what we want, and Iíll be damned if Iím going to let anything or anyone stop me from getting what I want for myself. I was raised very American in the sense that there is nothing I canít accomplish if I work hard at it. I know what my limitations are, so I know no matter how hard I work Iíll never be an astronaut, but I know I can be a writer. Just like I know Mary can be an artist. I know we have the talent, and itís about time we proved it. Put up, or shut up.

That said, Iím in no hurry to cut off my nose to spite my face. I know itís going to take some time to get where I want to be, and in the mean time Iím not going to stop trying to get a better job with the library. Iím going to do what I shouldíve done a year or so ago, and work on getting my AA. Why stop there? Iím aiming at earning a Masterís in Library Science. Like I said though, my main goal in life is to be a writer, especially for comics. So, Iíve got myself a two-headed beast. Iíve got a better laid plan for my library career, and Iíve rekindled my goal for my writing career. Iím stating it in this column so I wonít go back on myself, if I make it public like this Iím going to see it through. So, 2004 will be the year I get shit going.

Now, I donít want this to be a blog like entry, so hereís where the motivational stuff comes in. I know Iím not the only one out there whose been falling down on their goals. To everyone out there like me, itís time to make something better for yourself. If you have a goal, or youíve got something you want to accomplish, youíve got to work for it. Nothing in life is free, especially not better life, you have to go out there and make your life better. Please, please, make it legal though. If you want to be an artist, you have to draw everyday. If you want to be a writer, you have to write everyday. If you want to be the sexiest person alive, you have to be sexy everyday. Do you see where Iím going with this? Work your fucking ass off for your dreams, and donít let other people discourage you. In fact, donít give a fuck about what other people say, if they donít like your art or your writing, or hell even your sexy, thatís their problem. You just keep plowing through until someone likes it.

I hope this has been somewhat helpful to everyone out there, I know itís helped me. Also, I know I cursed a lot in this column, I tend to do that when I really care about a subject, all other vocabulary goes out the window. That said, I hope kids read this. I know the language is bad, but kids need to know that they have to work for their dreams. If you have a kid, and youíre too damn lazy to teach them that, please have them read this. The world has enough people who have given up on themselves, donít raise more. Teach your children, teach any child the value of their dreams and the what they have to do to achieve them. Itís not good enough to spoon feed them ďyou can be anything you want when you grow up.Ē Youíve got to show them how to be what they want, and raise them not to give up when all good logic says they should. Thatís all I have to say.

The Good

For the past several years Iíve lived without Cartoon Network, all that changed when I finally got Directv. Iíve discovered the craze known as Adult Swim and Iíve also discovered Aqua Teen Hunger Force. That show is the stupidest thing Iíve ever laid eyes on, but I love it. Itís one of the funniest shows Iíve seen in a long time. Of course, Iíve bought the DVD collection, and now I suggest you all do the same. If youíre a fan of off-the-wall comedy, then youíll love Aqua Teens. Plus, there is a whole episode revolving around Foreigner. Thatís reason enough. That, and the theme song.

Another week down, and another week closer to whatever Holiday you celebrate. Hope everyone is getting their shopping done. See you all in seven days. ĎTil next timeÖ

-Josh ďYoung PlayaĒ Stone

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