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THE KEY TO SUCCESS

May 26, 2017

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." -Albert Schweitzer

     I am no expert on success. In fact, I know very little about the subject. Success has different meanings to different people. To some, it means vast amounts of wealth. I'm sure a large number of people share this belief and the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a successful person is someone that makes a substantial amount of cash. However, this is only one example. The dictionary definition of success is: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. So if one's aim or purpose is to obtain a large income and they achieved such, then one would be considered successful.

     I feel that a vast majority of people, however, look towards self-accomplishments and happiness in order to consider themselves successful. I for example, love to record voiceovers. I am not at a point where I can do that full time, but once I reach that point where I can solely acquire an income doing voiceovers for a living, I would then consider myself a success. I would be happy doing what I love, while having the freedom to travel and visit my family and be my own boss. "Freedom" is the key word here.

    It is funny how the "American Dream" has evolved over time. Originally it was considered to be an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity.(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20dream). But the modern day individual identifies with the prospect of doing what they are truly passionate about for a living; for to them.....true happiness is the real definition of success. The absence of stress, anxiety, pain and conflict weigh more to some than all the money in the world. Although some feel that all the money in the world would eliminate stress, anxiety, pain and conflict. Or at least they could buy their way out of such detriments. Everything does come with a price though.

So what does success mean to you? I would love to get some feedback. Please feel free to comment below and as always, thanks for reading!

 

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THE LAST OF US

September 1, 2015

Not just a good game for any zombie lover, The Last of Us has a unique story line that will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who plays it. The story follows a man (Joel) and a young girl (Ellie) crossing the country in a post apocalyptic United States that has been obliterated two decades prior, by a vicious fungal infection called the Cordyceps Brain Infection (CBI). This fungus grows while the host is still alive, taking away their higher brain function, causing the infected host to become hyper-aggressive and incapable of reason or rational thought; this is the first stage of the infection. Stage 2 (which starts within 1-2 weeks of being infected, completely scars the hosts face causing blindness, resulting in them developing a primitive form of echolocation. Stage 3 starts within 1-2 years of infection. Most of the body becomes covered in hardened fungal plates. And Stage 4, which can occur over a decade after being infected and killed by CBI, the host’s body will grow stalk-like fungal projections which release infectious spores. Joel and Ellie must contend with each stage first-hand as every environment is littered with infected, not to mention opposing factions from the remnants of the government and  lawless renegades who will survive by any means necessary. The despair that is conveyed in The Last of Us is tangible from start to finish, and draws you in with everything telling a story, from the subtle to the overt. The interactions between Joel and Ellie help drive the story forward while their contextual dialog endear you to their evolving relationship. Amazing graphics, memorable characters and hours of intense game play will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.  Additional downloadable content is available, but not a recommended until you have completed the whole story mode first. This great video game is available for both Playstation 3 & Playstation 4.

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