Regarding Science

I know that some of you may lack interest in science, it is something I have been interested in since I can remember. Uncovering the secrets, mysticism, of the world with data, experimentation, and of course the scientific method of theory and evidential proof.

As I’ve gotten older my perspective around science has altered drastically, the idea that you need a degree, to pursue scientific discovery, is something that I think has turned many away from the field and the overall concept of scientific exploration. There are so many opportunities to conduct mini experiments throughout your life. Whether they are purely scientific or otherwise, I find that it’s important to ask the critical questions anyway. I maintain the philosophy that, life in and of itself is a big experiment. Therefore, I find the critical thinking skills so strongly tied to all fields of science an immeasurably important concept to consider in some form, on a semi-regular basis.

In my life, I find science in little things almost everyday, but that’s simply because of my personal interest in the discoveries we have been able to make as a species. What I am trying to say is hard to put into written words, but hopefully you can understand what I’m trying to say. The basic fundamentals of science, question, hypothesize, theorize, experiment, answer… All of these things are also fundamentals of life and self-development.

And THAT is what draws me to science, THAT in turn, is what draws me to life.

I’m currently considering producing some videos, and/or posts, around different topics that have fascinated me recently. These are topics ranging from the development of electricity, and Thomas Edisons’ fraudulence, to the Bush administration and it’s environmental approach that has unfortunately paved the way for a lack of understanding in the US pertaining to climate change and the impact that it could very well have on the entire world in the next 50 years or less, to space exploration, to psychology and it’s inability to create a broad testing system that is accurate for each individual.

As of now, I’m uncertain how to format any of these topics properly, and would have a large amount of further research to do, but let me know if you’re interested in seeing anything like that in the future. I appreciate all of you, and I hope to hear your ideas, perspectives, and opinions!

Motivational talks for personal development

Since getting back from my camping trip, I’ve had a difficult time getting back to a clear mental state. After everything being so quiet for a few days, coming back to the world just feels so loud. I decided this morning to go through some different youtube videos/TED talks, to help get me back to a motivated state. Not just to motivate, but also to organize my head, I realize that I push myself into a state of confusion just because my mind is either moving too quickly, or not at all, and before letting that get insanely frustrating. I took a breath, and decided to go down a rabbit hole of motivational people to try to spark inspiration within myself again.

Without further ado, here’s a list of 4 videos to watch, when you just need someone to help you understand your life:

  1. Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8HdOHrc3OQ To start, we have a speech that is so relevant during election season, and throughout all time. It’s a beautiful speech, I can’t beg you, to truly listen to this, enough. It has continued to inspire, it continues to hold true, and it exemplifies values that have long been lost for most of us. If you are going to pick one video to listen to in this list, I would recommend taking the four minutes. And potentially, take many more, to contemplate how it makes you feel, what it makes you think, and how you can continue to adjust, make the meaning behind the words count.

2. Scott Dinsmore: How to Find and Do Work that You Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpe-LKn-4gM. Next on the list, is a video I first ran across in my search to find motivation. This may translate to a fairly stereotypical motivational speech. However, that is the theme of the post, it really was time well spent in my opinion. Scott has some great tips and tricks for people, using the statistic that 80% of the population is pursuing work that they don’t enjoy, simply because they think its what they should/need to do. It’s so important to recognize discontentment and complacency. We can make such a larger difference as individuals when we are able to pursue passionate work, rather than work that will simply pay the bills.

3. Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp7E973zozc I will be the first to say that, without too much judgement, this video starts off a little too self-help newspaper column. However, if you’re willing to get past the shrillness, and cliche-ness(?), there is genuinely good advice in here. We are in an age with so much ability to learn, to improve, to utilize, and that’s what this talk is all about.

4. Ashley Stahl: How to Figure Out What You Really Want https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRtBHF-WPpM Wow, this one starts off with a really interesting story, and evolves into a beautiful perspective. I don’t necessarily enjoy the feeling that I’m the one holding myself back, I hate that feeling actually. However, it must be the most important realization one person can make. How to change that, is a whole different story, and Ashley gives some great advice on going in the right direction. Forcing yourself out of fear of the unknown, and pursuing those things that you’ve always wanted. Life may be confusing, self-recognition may be even more so, it’s just so incredibly important to keep trying, keep questioning, and keep taking the time to assess yourself.

Empowerment with Portrait Photography

In the past couple weeks, I have gone from hating being in front of a camera, to genuinely enjoying the artistry involved in self-portraits. It’s strange to think about how uncomfortable and nervous I was in front of a lens. This is not to say that I have all the self-confidence in the world. However, I am gaining self-confidence through photos, I never thought I would get a good photo of myself in a million years. I seemed to think I was the least photogenic person in the world, and that’s just how it was.

Breaking out of my comfort zone, and taking photos of myself, or trusting someone else to take photos of me has ultimately done wonders for my self-esteem. In a short couple weeks I have come to notice things about myself that I ACTUALLY like! Which is something I wouldn’t have been able to say back in my bought of self-loathing.

It really is an empowering feeling to look at a photo of yourself and think, “wow! I look good”. I personally think that anyone struggling with their self-confidence should definitely take some time in front of a camera, getting to know your perceptions and how many of them are just built up delusions that you hold close. Honestly, let’s all just break the chains and learn to love ourselves, and take really awesome pictures while we are at it.

I know it’s easier said than done, and my own self-esteem battle is just beginning, but I can say without any doubt, that photographs have pushed me in the right direction.