When Heaven Confers

You ever noticed in movies often times the character suffers some defeat before coming back stronger than before? There are so many examples of this happening, like from a couple of comic book movies in 2018 this happens, with characters like Black Panther and Miles Morales. And it happens in Star Wars with Luke Skywalker or inĀ The Lion King with Simba and in many of the Rocky movies where the titular character just gets absolutely pounded upon before winning the bout. And I could go on and on. In stories, these characters need these bad times in order to come out stronger and wiser and to win at the end and to undergo a transformation for the better. And life works the same way sometimes. It all reminds me of a quote. It is by the Chinese philosopher Mencius. Mencius said, “When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.”

Behind Blue Eyes

I have successfully stopped the song “In The End” by Linkin Park from being played on the radio whenever I listen to it, but now there is another song I keep hearing again and again on the radio, because sometimes in life, problems, and their solutions, cause more problems. The song is “Behind Blue Eyes”.

The song makes me reminisce. It is about a person with concealed sadness that feels all alone in the world. It reminds me of myself in a lot of ways. I’ve had bouts of depression before, sometimes feeling all alone, like nobody could understand me, and have had to put on a mask so my symptoms didn’t effect anybody or get noticed. I remember this one rough period of time for me with depression, however, when my sister told me my problem was that I thought my problems were specifically mine. She was right, and the writer of this song is wrong, otherwise the song wouldn’t be as revered as it is now, even mocked. So to persons feeling helpless and not relatable, there are always people that will be able to help and can relate to you, myself included.

In The End

I have been hearing a song on the radio a lot recently, while I am driving my car. I am annoyed by it, and I wonder why it keeps popping up on the airwaves. So I have decided I should write about it. By doing so, maybe it will be exorcised from being played so much to my ears.

The song I keep hearing is the song above. The song is “In The End” by Linkin Park. The music video for this song has over 600 million views on YouTube! I am guessing part of the reason the song is popular because of the message it conveys. The singer of the song, Chester Bennington, is saying they’ve done certain things in their life, but don’t think anything they did ever mattered in the end. So many people relate to this song! I know many people in my life that believe what they do and have done doesn’t matter and I was once the same as them.

The song, although I like it, is saddening to me. It reminds me of a study I once read, from USA Today I think. The study said that the most popular songs these days aren’t upbeat or happy, they are instead pessimistic and gloomy. If this is true, then this correlates to what I have made my last two blog posts about, of things rubbing off on each other like sticks to make fire, and it worries me. I think people don’t realize how important they are sometimes and if you believe what you say or do doesn’t matter, then nothing you say or do will ever matter!

A Stress-Free Life

I have been blessed in my life to have people in it that just want what is best for me and makes me happy. One of those persons is my mother. She, as I would like and hope for all parents, just wants her children to have a better life than her. She never got a college education and works in the rough conditions of a mine near my hometown, where earthly minerals and metals are extracted. Positions at this mine pay extremely well and unlike many positions nowadays, not much experience and schooling is required of a person for them to get a job there, though that may be subject to change, like anything else in life I believe.

So people at the mine do indeed get paid fruitfully, but as far as I know, they don’t live all that fruitfully physically, mentally, or spiritually. The work they do can make their bodies ache and their bones crack. Their bodies and mind can have difficulty adjusting to a schedule that has them moving back and forth working from a morning shift to a graveyard shift. Fears of a workplace accident or death are also aroused. Every day is a struggle to survive. No wonder drug abuse is such a huge problem in my hometown!

Growing up, my mother wanted me to have the things she never had and do the things she never got to do. She wanted me to get a college degree and at all costs, avoid working in the mine. Always she told me she just wanted me to have a stress-free life. However, currently, I am thinking there is no such thing as a stress-free life! I think of Britney Spears. Britney Spears, some people could have believed, lived a so-called simple and stress-free life, but in 2007 she shaved her head and wrecked objects, had a meltdown in front of the paparazzi! This is the reason why people now jokingly say, as words of encouragement, that if Britney can make it through 2007, you can make it through anything!

So, the concept of a stress-free life is avoidable to me. This is because stress is unavoidable in life! Perhaps, what should matter isn’t finding the way or ways to avoid stress but the way or ways in how to manage stress best.