Drew Michael - Stand-Up Comedy

“ … You ever think you’re a person but you’re actually an amalgamation of projections you’ve absorbed over 32 years? … That is brutal” - Drew Michael

In his one-hour special, Drew touches on the difficulty of having to discern between actually feeling a certain way versus justifying an insecurity. Thought provoking, isn’t it? I mean, who are we really? A collection of influence. Whether it be nature or nurture that amalgamation of projections we’ve absorbed is what we are. I guess at first it’s a daunting thought because I want to feel and believe that I’m something more sturdy. More reliable. But I’m actually a continuously evolving thing. We all are. And how we choose to evolve is informed by the influence(s) we take in. It’s not as big a mind fuck that I once thought it would be. The fact is that we’re all evolving, albeit in various directions, some are just more grounded in knowing what that evolution entails.

~ Sunday 09.09.2018 @ 2:26pm

“I think I can Express Myself that Way”

We all (assuming every single person ever is motivated in the same way) just want to express ourselves. That’s why we gravitate towards the mediums that we do. Not as consumers necessarily, although that’s absolutely one side of it, but as expressers. Sharers. We see something and think - “…I think I can express myself that way…” - Drew Michael.

That’s a pretty dope revelation I just had, triggered by watching the HBO Extra content feature: Meet Drew Michael. It’s why I gravitate towards Writing and Podcasting … I think I can express myself via those mediums. Interesting.

~ Sunday 09.09.2018 @ 12:13pm

Let Yourself Out

THE GREATEST version of yourself is dying to come out. It’s practically oozing out of your pores. But you stifle it.  You stop it. You postpone it. You get in your own way, piling up hurdle upon hurdle, instead of clearing the path to allow you to rise from the ashes of your unfulfilled self. Break that trend and stop that trajectory. You’re digging a hole so deep for yourself that before you know it - will become the grave of the life that could’ve been. Build up to the you that you need to become. We elevate each other by lifting ourselves. It’s your duty, your calling not to squander it. We’re all in this together but it begins and ends with you. Don’t waste that talent. Nurture it and allow it to have the everlasting ripple-effect impact that it was meant to have. Throw a pebble of effort into the pool of the universe each day … and lets get started.

~ Sunday 07.05.2015 @ 11:33PM

Be Humble

FOCUSING ON what others have that you don’t have, is an exercise in futility. Instead, practice humility. Be happy for those that have more, feel bad for those that have less and find solace in what you do have. That’s not to say you can’t or shouldn’t want more for yourself and others around you, you absolutely can and should. But elevate yourself to the point of your desires, through hard work, focus discipline and dedication. Have the gumption to go through the rough patches, so that you deserve to reap the fruits of your labor.  Don’t give up on your goals.

~ Thursday 06.11.2015 @ 4:28PM IST

The Space we Leave Behind

We're all inevitable empty spaces in the world.  Maybe that's why there's so much of it ... space that is.  Everyone that ever was, is or will be, will one day create an empty space in the shape of them.  They'll add to the collective empty space, becoming one with it.  Perhaps that's consciousness.  There's an ironic sense of togetherness, cohesion and one, when it comes to transcending into the empty space.  While you have your relatively small window of time into existence ... do something meaningful.  Find whatever "that thing" is, at all costs, and add value to it.

~ Friday 10.27.2017 @ 8:03am (in N.Y.) - 38,025 ft in the air over the Atlantic Ocean 

Lean in & Take a Sip

Capture the moment and own it.  Revel in it.  Embrace and taste it.  Savor it.  Moments are fleeting by definition but lasting by design.  The well continues to fill and runneth over.  If you just watch each moment go by, you'll drown in nothingness.  Lean in and take a sip every once in a while.  The reset from the monotony will do you some good.  Some necessary and deserved disconnected relief.  Don't lose sight however, of each individual moment having the ability to impact the bigger picture.  Don't miss out on the forest for the trees, or vice versa.

~ Friday 10.20.17 @5:34pm IST  

Where to go from here?

Where to go from here?  Another year has come and gone.  Forward for sure (As if there were another choice).  One year wiser, or perhaps more reconcilled toward complacency.  What is life but a quest to become ok with yourself and your place within the whole scheme of things?  Define "whole" though.  That's important.  What is "the whole scheme" to you?  Is it financial success?  Health?  Meaningful relationships?  Is it family bonds or long term friendships?  Is it self sustainability?  Is it to love more?  Do you have something to prove?  A score to settle?  Does your whole scheme of things include having a positive lasting impact on those around you?  In your community?  or is it the world?  See, it's important to define your whole.  Once you do, you'll have a better idea of what to aim towards.  Good luck in 2018.

~ Saturday 12.30.17 @ 10:09pm

Skill It

What is tomorrow going to bring?  A relentless tidal wave of mediocrity crushing greatness.  Even if you're stuck going through a routine, break the monotonous thoughts and frame your mentality in concert with your new outlook on the new day.  Seize it.  Grasp it and body it.  Maneuver through tomorrow like it was yesterday in hindsight.  Will it and skill it.  Just make sure you live it!

~ Tuesday 08.11.2015 @ 11:45pm