Long story short: no, I'm not. But, I am going to be taking the next two semesters away from campus doing a handful of exciting things. I figured I would take some time to explain a little about what the next 12 months has in store for me, in the case there were some out there interested in such information.
I started this blog in December of 2013 when I wrote the article "My 14 for 2014" and I wrote a similar article in January of last year named (could you believe it?) "My 15 for 2015", and now, it what appears to be some sort of annual tradition, let's take some time to see how many of my goals that I set for last year I actually. Just a fair warning, I usually write these lists and then promptly forget about them until I write next year's article and realize I completed maybe 50% of the set out goals.
I know everyone is filling their Facebook pages and twitter feeds with how this year has filled them with countless ups and downs and how they are excited for the New Year and all that it has to offer, but I feel like what I experienced this year could never be done justice in your every day run-of-the-mill social media status, nor would that be my style at all. Instead, I feel it important to explain just exactly how 2015 has been one of the most influential and eye-opening years of my life.
This is the 4th installment of my "Humans That Inspire" section of my blog. I only write a new one when I find someone who really does inspire me, whether is be someone who I am close friends with or someone I've never met in my life. Why do I write these blogs?
I feel that it's important do be the best person you can be and really reach for what you want in life and most of the time, doing this can be a real challenge. But inspiration is motivation - and I am a huge believer that the most inspiration can be found in the people around us. There are so many amazing human beings on this planet, and not only do they deserve to know how wonderful they are, but it only seems right to spread the inspiration they've brought to my life to as many people as I can. And that is why I love to write these pieces.
I wrote a long post before I started to write this one. But that one was only a long, long, list of all the terrible things that have happened during my stay at New Jersey City University. But, then I was reading back over and couldn't bring myself to actually publish it. I am a huge believer in trying to remain positive as much as possible and it wouldn't make sense to put out that much anger and frustration into the world, especially if all I'm doing is forcing it upon other people.
Victoria and I have been living the New York City life now for over two months and, as is to be expected, there is quite a lot we could tell you about this experience. But where do we start? The People? The Food? The Art? The Fast Pace? The Awesome Neighborhoods? The Rats? The topics never seem to end.
I think that what is most special about New York though, is the big melting pot of cultures that make up what we all call The Big Apple. There are so many different people here with so many different stories from all over the world. Some have moved here in hopes to find their big break, some have come to our country in hopes of finding that coveted American Dream, some are running from their pasts, others are just here for the weekend and want to see the Empire State Building.
I like to play a game sometimes.
I will sit in a park somewhere with a coffee, play music in my earbuds and watch the people of the city pass by. Nothing is quite so inspiring as people watching.
For my entire life I have lived in New England and, somehow, I have managed to go twenty years without ever missing a New England Fall. I have done a lot of travelling in my days but somehow I've always done it during the other nine months of the year, expect for this year. And now that I'v done all that travelling, I am happy to say that I have a lot of friends all around the world including Paris, Scotland, The Netherlands, Texas, California, Wisconson and even Jamaica!
I first met Mrs. Botto seven years ago (holy crap), my freshman year of highschool. She wasn’t my teacher until several years later, but I would see her around school, at pep rallies and hear other students talking about how much they loved her. When I finally was assigned to her gym and health class my junior year, I got to experience for myself what an amazing teacher she was. The rumors were right.
I feel lucky that I went to a high school where – for the most part – my teachers were good, caring people who genuinely wanted to be teaching. But Bethany Botto takes this to a whole new level. She puts her passion and her love for teaching and working with children (well, high schoolers) and instills the same passion in her students. I have never met anyone who is so in love with what they are doing. It is beyond empowering and motivates me to go out there and do what I’m passionate about as well.
But Mrs. Botto isn’t only an amazing teacher. No, not at all. She is also a loving mother, often posting on Facebook about how proud she is of her two children, she’s an animal lover, a genuine, positive and funny person with an infectious attitude. She is healthy and active, she understands the power and practice of meditation and, of course, she is an amazing artist.
She has so many passions and makes sure that she allows herself to go after them all. When I was her student, she was teaching full time as the Sexual and Physical Education Instructor for Monty Tech, created an Art Club there, was going to Endicott College to get her Masters in Arts and Learning, Working with the Drama department to help produce Monty Tech’s annual performances as well as Mr. Monty Tech at the end of each year, getting certified as an instructor for various physical activities like yoga and Pilates and doing even more that I didn’t even know about. She never let anything stop her from going after her dreams. And that is what makes her so inspiring.
Even today, I love opening my Facebook page and seeing what she’s been up to. I love seeing her beautiful art and seeing that she is doing even more lately to spread her passion to other through painting parties and through her students. Keep up your amazing work Mrs. Botto, you are touching more lives and inspiring more people than you know.
Thank you for reading,
If you have been keeping an eye on my Facebook page you may have noticed my posts about "Strictly Taboo". I have recently been hired by Bob McAndrew, an award-winning acting coach in New York City. He has been known to work with such actors as Christopher Walken, Richard Dreyfuss, Raul Julia, Sela Ward and Academy Award Winner Chris Cooper. Bob has just launched his crowdfunding campaign for his breakthrough film Strictly Taboo and I have been taken on as an intern to help with the initial funding process.
What is this film?
The film is about a man who begins to have an affair with a rich, older woman. One evening she invites a young and beautiful woman over who he ends up making love to and soon after falling deeply in love with. The rich older woman becomes jealous of his new infatuation and reveals to him one day that the woman he is in love with used to be a man. The man is in shock and refuses to admit this and soon thereafter we are thrown into a whirlwind of mystery and danger which takes on the importance of human equality and the power of love.
I really recommend and hope that you all check out the project and contribute to our indiegogo campaign by clicking on the following link:
Or, as the very least, click "like" on our facebook page here:
Though, just a fair warning, as I know there are many young people who read this blog, there is nudity and language in this film and, therefore, in the video on the Indiegogo page as well.
Thank you for reading,
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.