Seriously, ask yourself that question. The time we spend complaining is time took away from accomplishing what we may be complaining about. The tree above is dead, you are not. Stop all of that whining and moaning about what you can not do, and make it happen. Nothing worth it comes easy, remember that. If it was easy everyone would be doing it. Take advantage of every breathe you take, you will never know when it will be your last.
Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a repeated cycle, on a day-to-day basis? Well get the hell out of it right now before it is too late.
Do you realize that your life is the only one you have? The end can be closer than you expect. So what is the point of doing the same exact routine, every single day of your life? I understand we all have responsibilities to take care of such as making enough money to live, but what if we get so caught up in such responsibilities that we miss a world full of opportunity that lies in front of us?
I know I am asking a lot of questions for a Monday morning, but I would like you all to really sit down and ask yourself, are you making the most out of every 24 hours you are blessed to see? If you feel like you are doing the same stuff every single day, and when the weekend comes all you want to do is rest so you can continue the same routine the following work week, then get yourself out of that cycle before you drive yourself insane.
The world is a playground for all of us, at least it is supposed to be. It is so easy to get caught up in the travesties that present themselves around our world on a daily basis. You have to get out there and make your own news, and then you will see the abundance of opportunities out there for you, especially if you live in America. Sure we have a dunce in the chair of power who, sadly, is the face of our country. Like John F. Kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country". Ask yourself what you can do for this world in the shape it is in now.
Don't you think Mother Nature wishes she could get a break from all of us slowly destroying her precious gifts? She does not quit on us. So why quit on yourself if you are still living?
We get so caught up in what we do not have, and what we wish we could. When is the last time you sat down and thought about everything you have and was thankful? Us Americans compare ourselves to the popular figures in society on a daily basis. But what are you doing to potentially get you in the position to meet this popular figure? If you sit there and compare yourself to another with envy, it is like a slap to your creators face.
Everyone has a life of their own, that they should live accordingly to who they truely are. But the only way to become who you are truest meant to be is getting to know yourself beyond the eyes of what popular culture, your friends, or family tell you to be. You are in control of your life, you hold the ink to fill your book. Do it for you, and everything else will fall into place.
I would like to thank John Edwards and his family for opening up your home to me and allowing me to get a two-week experience of the life in Buckingham, VA.
This article will be a written documentation of my experience in this beautiful central Virginian city. I could write a entire novel about my 14 day stay in the city, but to save y'all from a boring rant, I will break it down into three categories.
(Mom, if you are reading this, I only drank a few times. And I was a good boy each time)
I would not have been able to gain a short Buckingham, VA experience if it was not for John Edwards, a good brother of mine from school. Where I am from only a few people would willingly open their home to you. I understand, times are hard, but even if that is the case in this city, there is a slim chance of someone not treating you as if you were part of the community.
Every place I travelled, I'm sure I was an awkward nerdy looking black guy, who was definitely not from these parts of town. However, I never felt that way.
At times I wish there were subtitles with the bouncing ball in front of people so I could grasp 100% of what they were saying. But every encounter with a Buckingham resident was warm and genuine. Like any place in America there are your rougher areas, but in Buckingham, even those places have a more holistic community feel than in higher populated areas.
(I did not experience a Bologna Burger)
What I noticed during my stay is that a warm home means a warm oven. The amount of good home cooked food I ate during this trip directly correlated with the coma that the food put me in after consuming it. I've been on this fish and chicken only diet for some time now, and man did I have about every type of chicken during this trip. Fried, broiled, baked, grilled, filleted, poached, roasted: I mean I could go on for days. My Buckingham family made sure I was full before I could leave the dinner table.
Although the Edward's toilet isn't too happy with me, I have to say I have eaten some of the best food while being in Buckingham.
Mother Nature's Presence
Everywhere you go in Buckingham you're going to see an abundance of tree life. This might not be significant to some of you who experience Mother Nature’s gifts on a daily basis, but since where I am from is more industrialized then Buckingham, you really don't get to sit and appreciate the simple things life has to offer, such as trees. Every morning I woke up to birds chirping, trees dancing in the breeze, and a peace of mind. Typically I wake up to the sounds of cars traveling on the highway, or siren wailing. I never realized how important enjoying Mother Nature's gifts were until I was immersed in them.
It was tough parting ways with the Edwards’ and the rest of my Buckingham family, but I can say that I made the most of my stay there and I will definitely be back.
For those who are reading this, I encourage you to take some time away from your every-day distractions such as your phone and enjoy your surroundings. Whether it be your family, pet, or the great outdoors. Life is too short to be looking down majority of your day. Enjoy what is in front of you so when it is gone there will be no internal regrets.
Welcome to the Trap Ep. 7 : The Buckingham Experience airs at 9:00 P.M on my Youtube channel.
Until next time my people,
Legal Trap Mack 💕🖖🏿
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer