Back to School
As the summer season gradually comes to a close and the month of September draws near, that of course signals the start of school yet again. Obviously, going back to school is never the most exciting thing to look forward to, especially when you're coming off a spectacular summer. If your summer wasn't everything you hoped it would be, then maybe school starting up again is a blessing in disguise for you. However, most adolescents despise returning to school, and who can blame them? Homework, tight schedules, and uninteresting classes are usually nothing to look forward to, but complaining about it is a bit unnecessary. One of my biggest frustrations is when people make a major deal about going back to school by whining it about. School starts up at the same time every year, so it's not like you didn't know it was coming. It's inevitable. You probably had a near-two month vacation off from school, so what's there to complain about?
Returning to school is a nice change of pace. Summer gets boring by late August, or at least for me. I'd much rather go to school to kill time than to be home doing nothing. Sometimes it's not the work that people dread going back to. In my case, it's the classmates I have no intention of mingling with upon seeing them again. Nonetheless, I'll deal with it and avoid those I don't wish to speak with at all costs. I don't have a passion for school, but I don't really mind it either. The faster you finish everything that needs to get done, the faster the school year will fly by. I'm not sure if this applies to anyone else, but my school years always seem to pass me right by.
Journey of a Journalist
Instead of using this week's Injection of Inspiration blog post as motivational advice, I'll be taking this time to address a few things that I've been asked on a consistent basis for months now, and that has to do with my work as a writer. For other aspiring journalists out there who wish to express their passion for passion, I've usually asked the same question: "How can I become a wrestling writer?" Well, I felt the need to address the answer to that popular question in this week's blog post. I didn't always want to be a writer, as I originally wanted to be a teacher when I was little. However, as times changed and I gradually became the pro wrestling fanatic that I am today, I found myself writing more and more about wrestling.
I started writing for my own website (not this one) in the summer of 2008, and it wasn't until about a year later that I joined WWE Universe, which was WWE's version of Facebook at the time. There, I constructed reviews for each of the shows and expressed my opinions on wrestling there. That site eventually closed down, but before it did, I joined Bleacher Report. I had originally heard about Bleacher Report after reading a few articles on the site as early as January 2010. I applied that May during Memorial Day weekend and was accepted a few days later. There's the first question people ask me. How long does it take for Bleacher Report to get back to you? Well, it only took me a day or two, but it certainly varies. It could take weeks for all I know, but if they don't respond after awhile, then take it as a sign of rejection. However, don't think your writing wasn't good enough for them, because in some cases, even the greatest wrestling writers aren't accepted upon their first entry.
Dealing With Depression
Today marks the six-month anniversary that I was finally able to experience ultimate happiness and put the past behind me. It had been a long time coming, and it was easily of the best things I had ever done. I had a load of things going on earlier this year that held me back from being happy, but I felt it was time to finally put an end to it all. So, I did just that by using the campaign FINAL.FRIDAY.21012, which signaled that Friday, February 10th, 2011 would be the end of the agony as I knew it. However, said phrase gave some people the wrong idea and automatically assumed I was implying suicide.
Contrary to the title of this blog and what I've stated thus far, I have never been suicidal or depressed. Sure, I was angry at times, but never to the point where I wanted to hurt myself or anyone else. However, there are those are there who do suffer from depression, and that's completely normal. The real goal is overcoming it. I can't directly because as I just said, I've never been unhappy to the point where I was depressed, but I did come to a point where I knew I needed to alter my mindset and shift my focus in the right direction. Worrying about the past got me nowhere, and it certainly didn't make me any happier. I see this day as an anniversary of my happiness, because I've been able to maintain that happiness on a consistent basis over the last six months. But for those that are depressed, there is a way of avoiding it.
Leaving the Past Behind
One of my favorite songs to listen to when I'm in a great mood (other than "Cult of Personality", of course) would have to be "The Past Should Stay Dead" by Emarosa. The title basically says it all. The past should indeed stay dead. Most times, after a relationship or friendship that was once something amazing ends on a sour note, one or possibly even both of the people wish that things would go back to the way they once were. While it's possible that could happen, there's also a very strong chance it won't. Attempting to recreate history is quite honestly a waste of time, as it's extremely difficult to recapture the magic the friendship/relationship had the first time around. Sure, you may be able to patch things up with the person and are good terms with one another, but things will probably never be the same. There lies the issue. Those very same people use the past as an excuse not to happy, wishing that things would revert back to the way they used to be. Wishing will hardly get you anyway, but doing something about it will.
Now, I'm not saying to spend an excessive amount of time attempting to get things back to "normal", but I guess it's worth a shot. What's important is that you learn your lesson from the past and avoid making that same mistake again. That's what the past is good for. Reminiscing on the past is nice once in awhile, but living in the past will not help you get further into the future. So many things lie ahead of you in life, and being oblivious to those futuristic wonders by focusing on the past won't help matters whatsoever. Memory lane will always be there and taking a trip down it every so often is completely fine, but in the meantime, you're missing out what's right in front of you: the future.