The Story of the Journey of Our Lives

If you are reading this right now, thank you. Thank you for allowing me a moment of your consideration, and thank you for your curiosity about this strange thing called Lifeskillpoints. No matter what you do in life, there is someone ahead of you whom you can learn from; and someone behind you who can learn from you. The goal of Lifeskillpoints is to show that connection in a way that educates and entertains. Everybody has a story. If you’ve made it to where you can read this right now,…

Living in the Future Past

Have you ever had a moment where reading the right thing at the right time made you change your perspective on life? Something so simple that, in the back of your mind you always knew, but spoken or read in a certain way just connects with you on a personal level? Maybe after going through a hard time where life really made you question yourself and everyone around you? “If you are depressed, you are living in the past, If you are anxious, you are living in the future, If…

“Did you copy that?”

One day, while I was sitting outside drawing, a friend of mine looked over at the picture and said “Wow, man.. That’s really good. Did you draw that off the top of your head?” He looked visibly impressed, which is something that always makes me feel good to see – despite how modest I am about my work. (I don’t think I’m really all that good of an artist, my sense of perspective and lighting are pretty… atrocious. ) “Nah,” I said. “I used a couple references.” My friend’s impressed…

Resurgence

(Names are those who donated in support of Lifeskillpoints.) How do I write this? What word do you use when “thank you” isn’t enough? How do I the feeling of gratitude and pride at the support Lifeskillpoints has received? All these years, my progress has been painfully slow. I’ve been too slow to overcome my mental barriers, my inhibitions, and my obligations to those around me in order to develop Lifeskillpoints into the education platform I dreamed of. It isn’t in my nature to ask for help, but I alone…

Being Normal

Did you ever hear the phrase “people who are often bored tend to be the most boring people”? What’s one thing that everybody desires, but detests at the same time? Being “normal.” Normal means you’re acceptable. Normal also means you’re boring. Hm… FITTING IN FEELS GOOD There’s no doubt that life is easier when you’re accepted by those around you. Fitting in with any group is not only comfortable, but rewarding: It reminds you that you’re cool enough that people actually want to be in your presence. Not only that,…

Falling Out The Sky

I can still back out, should I back out? It was strange putting on a harness, I never had to put on a big belt-diaper before. Looking back on all the pictures, I could’ve probably picked a better outfit than my deadpool hoodie and some cheap matching sweatpants I bought from Modells right before our roadtrip to Jersey. Look at those people parachuting down from the sky. That’s about to be me… Oh god that’s about to be ME! Before I knew it I was with my group, I met…

You’re Itchier Than You Think

If you stop and look, do you notice how often people scratch themselves? Are we really all that itchy? Yes. Yes we sure as hell are. People (and most other primates) scratch themselves for a number of reasons, but that itch doesn’t always come from some invasion on our skin. Sometimes a little bit of stress makes us itchy. I tried to find a cool video that would help me illustrate this effect… but I failed miserably. On the bright side, I did manage to find this great TED-ed vid…

The Anger Contagion

Did you know that anger is actually contagious? I didn’t. Sure, like most people I’ve been told at some dour point or another in my life “Emotions rub off on other people, so try to be positive!” but I was always smugly under the impression that that was just something people say because it sounds good… Kind of like the 5 second rule. As it turns out, there is a whole science about the infectiousness of emotions. As someone who doesn’t get angry often or easily, I was always oblivious…

The Adult-Switch

When you’re a child, becoming an adult seems like this grand metamorphosis. You go from having your entire life planned out for you to suddenly being able to make all the rules and set the standards. You get to choose the food, you get to drive the fast car, and you get money to buy whatever you want when you need it. Becoming an adult means gaining power. But for all of the perks of growing up, at what age do you actually cross that threshold from childhood into adulthood?…

SATISFACTION

To hell with what any self-righteous abstaintee (abstainer?) says, it feels good to feel good! What’s better than laying in bed, (maybe just a little bit inebriated) and falling asleep after a good meal with your favorite show or song playing? Spending the whole day playing a game, grinding until it’s not even fun anymore but you really want that legendary gear because of the satisfaction that comes with all the salt that erupts from everyone that lays eyes on you. Even when jobless, hell especially when jobless, sometimes a…