This isn’t a bad thing, except for me. You’re shown an opportunity to see what the world is like. The scenery from what this great planet has to offer. Even from what the Space Jams Telescopes has shown us throughout part of our lifetime (of course I’m referring to the Hubble and JWST) … and then you have me. Or maybe people like me as well, for that matter. I’m more of an observer than someone who likes to post. Seeing people that I know and even random strangers all over the world with posts that can inspire, motivate, make laugh, to just about anything. I feel like my life isn’t entertaining enough for me to post consistently. Which is exactly why I just like to scroll through and see what the world is up to. And I believe that’s what intimidates someone like me. I do like Instagram and its’ concept, but the problem might be comparison. And that’s the wrong way to look at it. You should never compare your life to others especially with what is seen on every individual’s posts. Just be the best you, for you, and no one else. And that’s what I’d like to do myself. Inspire change. Because you never know who you may inspire with just one post.
Theories: Mind, Soul & Body
Where did we come from? Why do we exist? What’s in stored for our future? Just a few of many questions to the endless possibilities of what life has to offer. In this post, I will go through from my experiences and theories about these questions and many more…
Where Do We Come From?
Before you ask, I am human (as far as I know). At least I’m in a human body. And also, before you start questioning me, this is a theory by the way. Let’s go back in time to the evolution of humans. How we started out in the water and worked our way up to land and something something something, we formed into apes, we became human beings, and a movie about Planet of the Apes existed… Now, with that being said, when it comes to planet Earth, we have always been here. At least since our existence. But from starting fire and whatnot, our souls, our consciousness wasn’t always there. What if we were from elsewhere? Where that might be specifically, I couldn’t tell ya. But considering this beautiful planet and the life it formed, there just had to be something… human? into it.
Why Do We Exist?
There are so many theories on this question alone. But if I had to choose just one reason, it’s because we are being tested. Finding out if we can work together, get along, and thrive as a species. To make the world a better place. To quote Donald Trump’s ad campaign (in my own words), “make the world great again.” Or it’s just to see what we can do or accomplish with what we’re given. Who knows why we actually exist? But that is also part of being human. We’re not supposed to know everything. As far as I know when it comes to being human, we make mistakes, and we’re here to learn from it and make better life choices and carry that on to our off springs, at least to those who do have children. The other reason is because of evolution. So, if we just so happen to develop a consciousness, a mind of our own, then so be it. I believe that there’s more to it.
What’s In Stored For Our Future?
This one in a way goes hand-in-hand with existing. Our future in my opinion is to see if we can, as The Beatles would say, “Come Together.” To what the higher power would see it as, can we get along? Or maybe it’s just to see what a bunch of random jobins can do in this beautiful world we call Earth. If you’re a fan of Interstellar, then you’ll know that our time on this planet is limited. So can we take this species of humans and possibly other animals within our planet and move everyone and everything to another world to survive. To continue the life of not only the human race, but potentially other lives within this planet. I do give Elon Musk a huge amount of credit for wanting to colonize Mars. Because in order to expand our race, we need to see if we can explore the Galaxy… and eventually, the Universe.
Life can be difficult, believe me. But that’s kind of the point. We need difficulties to learn and overcome any obstacles that comes our way. To every one of us as individuals. Don’t result to the worst possible outcome. When you take the low road, it’s cheating. It means you’ve given up on this life you’re given. I know, because I’ve had these thoughts in my head about why I’m here and what’s my point. Like I’m chosen for a specific task or duty. Sometimes living life isn’t enough, so we have to do more. We have to be more. Otherwise, there is no future in this life. In humanity. If that’s all too much to ask of you, then at least live the best life you could ever live. No regrets. Mistakes are always made, but they’re mistakes we learn from. It helps us be a better person. And for those of you who do want to make a difference in this world, keep grinding. Keep putting in the hard work, because one day it will pay off. If there’s nothing you feel you would take from this, then hopefully this will… “Inspire change.” As they say. No matter who you are or what you do, you have the power to inspire and motivate those around you to make positive choices in life that could lead to so much more.
All it takes is you… be that inspiration.
How I Manage My Time & Money
2 years ago (2020) the world experienced for the first time in this modern age, a pandemic. Right before everything pretty much shut down, I was working 7 days a week at a dead-end job that was burning me out. Sure, the money was good. But where’s my free time? When am I going to be able to spend this money? I couldn’t. For the longest, I was miserable because it was work, eat, & sleep, and not a whole lot else. My boss at the time jokingly said to me that I wasn’t getting any action. As in no sexy time. No making the bed rock. You get my point. I didn’t say it out loud, only thought about it to myself. I said to myself, “No sh*t. How am I going to meet women when I’m stuck working here every day?” Most of my energy was drained from the job. Yes, the job was easy. But when your boss asks you to do all these extra tasks and work, it’s difficult for me to say no. Not just that but the job can be stressful. Especially when things don’t go right (which was more than half the time). Machines would break down or not work properly, and half the time the lead engineers would not be around. That’s where I came in to start learning some of the stuff they did when they’re not around. My boss would rely on me quite a bit to do so much more than everyone else. He knows that I have the capabilities to do that because, and I say this lightly, I’m his best worker. No extra benefits. No incentives. No pay raise, nothing. Just a job well done (well, we did manage to get a dollar pay bump when I threatened to quit). I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose, that is to take advantage of me. I was Dwight Schrute to his Michael Scott. Except he was no Michael Scott. The Assistant to the Manager. Overall, I will say he was a good boss though. Outside of the facts I mentioned. He lacked the charisma and hilariousness of what Michael Scott represented. Still a good boss, nonetheless.
Anyway, the lockdown happened, and I was off work for just over a month. I was collecting a nice treat from unemployment. To me, this was more money than I have ever made. From 7 days a week paycheck to the unemployment paychecks, I was transferring a good chunk of that to my savings account. With some proper budgeting, I know what was needed for my expenses and what could be used for leisure. I was still saving quite a bit. For the first time ever, my savings account was at its’ highest, and it continued to grow every week. So, what did I do with the free time that I had? I spent a good amount of it golfing with my nephews & their dad. We went out about once a week, and I forgot how good that felt. Forgetting how incredible of a golfer I was when I had time and practice to work on my golf game. Despite the terrible lasagna incident (loss of muscle mass and weight), I was still driving my tee shots pretty far. Money was definitely not an issue, and this was coming from someone who probably made about 50K a year. That’s it. That’s all it was, and need I remind you this was including overtime work, otherwise it would be much lower.
The point I’m making is with time and money, I could do so much greatness that will make an impact on not just my life, but those that are close to me. Not having the luxury of a wealthy life, I could only imagine what difference I could make with more time, more money. And without even realizing it, I’ve always been giving back to the community. The donations may be small, but it’s still something. Like rounding up my bill when I’m ordering food from a restaurant for a good cause or donating my clothes to Salvation Army and Goodwill instead of selling them. Growing up, I used to sleep on the floor. To make a living, my parents had to put in a lot of work to feed us kids. We didn’t have much, but we did make the most of what we had. So, if that tells you anything about my childhood, just know that I’m okay with the rough start to this incredible journey of my life. A journey with a story I hope to someday tell my future kids, and grandchildren. Something I never received myself considering I never met my grandparents. And being that I was transitioning from one language to another at a young age, I never got to hear the stories of my parents and what their life was like. How they met, the struggles in their everyday lives, coming to America and having me… the journey.
Outside from what this pandemic has brought us, it has gotten me to slow down my life a little bit to embrace it more. With a little soul searching, I am so grateful for this life I have and most of the people that are in it. Although, there are some things about me that is considered bad, I finally picked up on some of it and am working on bettering myself. Every day I try to be a better person. Every day I try to inspire hope for others. Helping others out towards their goals and dreams is a part of mine as well. I have a passion for life. All it took was a little perspective. Let’s change the world for the better!
At Home Chef
Growing up I was a picky eater. Very cautious about what I ate, which could explain why I was almost always very small. Even for most of my 20s I was often mistaken for looking like a teenager. Unless I was a regular at bars, I typically would get carded. Thinking back at it now, it wasn’t such a bad thing. It’s good to look young some times. Just don’t feel it. My physical health could use some work… anyway, cooking! An art-form to say the least. When I was younger all I knew were simple dishes like instant noodles, or eggs. Anything that took little effort. I didn’t develop any cooking skills until I started living on my own. One of my biggest influencers that got me to enjoy my time in the kitchen is Ross. One of my oldest friends to this day. We met back in grade school and he taught me so much of what I know today. Along with some Food Network shows that inspired me. Some of the things he taught me was knowing your utensils, how to use them and depending on what I’m cooking, to use certain types of pots and pans. Anywhere from steaks to sauces, and more. We even made our own homemade pizza once!
Beef and Broccoli
One of my signature dishes. I would say this is a simple, yet delicate recipe to make. Once you can get the flavor and sauce down to your liking, the rest is whatever you want. Meat choice down to just about any sort of vegetables you want to use. That’s the beauty of making a stir fry dish, it’s easy to change so you don’t feel like you’re eating the same meal day after day. What I love about beef and broccoli is how quick and easy it is to make. Good source of protein even though the sodium count can get a little high.
Back when I was still in high school, I remember having a competition with a couple of my friends. We would see who could make the best beef and broccoli. At this point I was still a novice in the cooking world. My dish was really simple. Ross’ rendition was pretty solid. But my old neighbor Jerry, who I spent a lot of my time with growing up, took us to school. He used this sauce I would have never thought to use and it brought out the flavor of the dish very well. I placed last… but I never gave up. I kept at it, trying to perfect this meal to where I wouldn’t need to change anything else.
Heated up garlic and chili oil to start.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: 2
Any choice of meat, I went with beef this time. Used about 10-12 ounces. 1 broccoli head, about 1/3 of a medium onion(I used sweet onion), 2-3 cloves of garlic and a yellow bell pepper.
After cutting the vegetables and meat to your liking, I heated up the pan with about a tablespoon of oil on medium high.
- Scooped in some hot chili oil(for extra kick) with the garlic. Mix around for about 30 seconds to a minute.
- Toss in the meat. Cook until liking of doneness. About 2-3 minutes.
- Next, throw in all the vegetables. Mix it in with the meat stirring often for the next few minutes.
- Seasoning. I used about a tablespoon and a half of hoisin sauce, about a teaspoon of soy sauce and fish sauce each. Sugar is optional. Same with Sriracha.
- When the juices start to show from the meat and veggies breaking down, I mix in some corn starch and water to thicken the sauce. Results will vary based on how much starch and water you use. And that should be it! Just plating.
Very quick. Very simple. Shouldn’t take more than 20-25 minutes to make. I do on a personal preference like my foods a little bit more salty. So when you’re seasoning, don’t add too much to the dish right away. I was told, “It’s better to under-season than to over-season.” Just a fair warning, when I tossed the meat into the chili oil, it hit my nose pretty good. I don’t remember if I was coughing or sneezing afterwards. Maybe I’ll scoop in the chili oil towards the end. See if that makes a difference with overall taste. One of the things I noticed when cooking this meal was the pan I used. When the veggies went in, I didn’t have room to move everything around. Which is why a wok would work perfectly in this situation or with any stir fry dishes. Something I’ll have to invest in for sure! But for now, this will do. Til next time.
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