The Real Neat Blog Award

I have been nominated by Dream Desire Achieve for the Real Neat Blog Award! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so. She is an amazingly creative writer who enjoys writing about everything that captivates her mind and that which conforms her to Christian faith, she’s also a very devoted wife, mother, and Christian, with a kind and charming personality. I always enjoy reading her posts, so I strongly suggest you head on over to her blog and see for yourself.

Thank you very much for nominating me, and I also thank everyone who has been reading, following, and supporting my blog. It means a lot.

Here are the rules for the “Real Neat Blog Award”
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc).
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

These are questions I was asked:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
I began blogging because I love writing, I’m in love with words. And I’d like to share my experiences, stories, thoughts, and travels with my readers to hopefully inspire and educate them about the world we live in and its everyday wonders.

2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
I’m fast. Now by fast I mean that sometimes I can do things fast, so the result is quite “crappy.” So I need to slow down and make sure the work is done correctly.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
This blog. Having to blog every week makes me very happy because I get to share my reflections, poetry, and travels with you. And I continuously receive nice comments and support for it.

4. Who inspires you?
Besides my family, it would be you, my readers. You inspire me every day with your kind comments, support, and love for writing.

5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
Right now I don’t have a profession. But I’m set on being a marine biologist and photographer for National Geographic.

6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
To finish high school, so I can go back to Montreal and go to University.

7. Share with us your favorite quote?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

My nominees are:

Riya – AestheticGraphy

Julie – In the Wild Los Angeles

Charlene – Charlene’s Adventure

Winta – Wandering Outside the Box

My questions for the nominees are:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
4. Who inspires you?
5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
7. Share with us your favorite author?

Thank you. Note: I’m arriving in Fort Lauderdale (final destination) this evening, so hopefully I can publish a travel post later this evening.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

 

 

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Inspiration For Traveling

Like me, every traveler has something that inspired them to leave their lives behind and follow their dreams of travel. For me, there was that lightbulb moment when I realized: I want more from my life, I want to discover! Getting a taste of Cancun, Mexico was my lightbulb. Why you may ask? Well, because it gave me the opportunity to experience another way of life, another culture. It was then that I realized that traveling was for me.

Since my trip to Cancun, about six years ago, my interests had become consumed by travel. I started reading a lot of travel-related blogs, National Geographic magazines, and travel videos. I’d even go to the local bookstore to purchase the newest edition of National Geographic Travel. So this definitely got my travel juices flowing.

Later on in life, I fell in love with educational T.V. shows showcasing our world, specifically, the Discovery channel. I’d watch hours and hours of its content; I couldn’t get enough of it. This show helped reiterate the fact that I was on the right track and gave me the push I needed.

So travel in itself is very important in a person’s life. Why? Because traveling gives you time to think, ideate, observe and learn new things – culture, food, history. It also gives a lot of time to introspect and understand on how certain things are done around the world.

So in the end, what continues to inspire me to travel are the warm people I meet, the exotic sights and smells, the stunning landscapes and the sense of independence and freedom that travel has given me. And I hope to be an inspiration for others to pursue their ideal lifestyle. With a bit of cash in the bank and an open mind, anyone can go and seek out new adventures!

As for me, my journey around the world is only just beginning, and I can’t wait to see what the future may hold.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

In response to Winta’s weekly prompt: Inspiration for traveling

Read more posts from the Travel Blogging Challenge:

Week 1: Your Favorite Travel Photo of You and Intro
Week 2: Little Known Travel Tips
Week 3: Funny Travel Story
Week 4: Travel Misadventures
Week 5: Top three cultural foods
Week 6: Unusual Travel Activities and Photos

Who else is doing the challenge?

 

Life Is A Challenge…

 

One’s dream and aspirations to supersede in life must be stronger and greater than limitations set forth by others. The experience that were bestowed to me during my short life has elevated me to the young man I am today.

To be the person that I am today, I had to reflect and accept accountability for my past actions. My past if you will, is one that many would love to erase from their memory, a past, which remained asleep until I found myself. The steps involved in regaining myself encompassed letting go of my anger and self-pity. I had to look within myself and see my self’s worth in order to reach my full potential. In doing so, I realized how wonderful my life is.

But as I sit here, writing this blog post and drinking iced tea, I wonder in astonishment about past years. Thinking about my life, reading my thoughts from the past, I wonder, was everything worth it? Were all the fights, arguments, and troubles really worth it? I guess it is just a question we all ask ourselves as we age. For now, I will just forget about all of that drama and take a journey back to my past.

As a child, I always thought life was just grand! My days were spent having fun at school, coming home to a loving family, and playing outside with my sisters, all-over fun days. “Fun.” Yes, that is how they were, until the day reality smacked me in the face like a mack-truck colliding with a concrete wall. Life is not just fun and games. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still young, and I haven’t lived that long to understand life’s reality fully. However, as the months progressed into years, I’ve been in countless arguments, I’ve lost my favorite toys and games, I’ve received mediocre grades at school, other students have used me regarding academic work…Now, this might not sound that grand or that bad, but it was. This is because it was when I realized that life is a challenge.

When I say life is a challenge, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we dimly perceive the world – it means that we understand that life is not always a piece of cake, but in this feature, this can also can be seen as the beauty of life.

Anywho, I’m going to cut this short and say that my life is beautiful, and I have yet so much to learn and discover about myself and the rest of the world. And despite the challenges I face in my life, I always remember that those problems can always be turned into opportunities.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Why I Write Poems

Why do I write poems?

Well, because life is a mystery. A mystery in which changes day by day. Because for every second we breathe and walk on this earth, the world around us changes, and that means we, the people also change. What I’m trying to say is, the world in which we live in can quickly change a person’s life. But don’t get me wrong, this change can either be good or bad. Thus, this leaves me with so many questions, in fact, my life revolves around questions, and what better way to express them than by writing a poem?

You see, I write poetry because I am a member of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion and love, but it’s also filled with pain and evil. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. And that is what I hope to share with you.

So it gives me if you will, the opportunity to express my feelings, to show you the truth, pain, life, and love that comes with it, and perhaps you can relate to it. In doing so, it reveals my stress, my conscience, my part, my life. I write only for the hearts mind and the mind’s heart, to hopefully climb the steps of imagination and conquer any given obstacle. And just maybe will I tell a compelling message that will impact you, in which may lead you to return for more mystery and nourishment for the heart, mind, and soul.

So in the end, I write poems because, to me, poetry is a gateway of imagination and storytelling. It shines a light and gives hope to those who read it. That’s why I write poems. To inspire, motivate, and educate people about our world and what lies beyond it, and to show you the beauty and passion that comes with it.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Finding Inspiration

I sit here thinking,
formulating sentences in my mind.
But none seem to come-

Next day, waking up I’m like “gosh!”
There seems to be some,
now I slowly close my eyes.

I will now let my heart and soul think,
transforming that energy into ink;
writing it down on a piece of paper.

But never will I fully understand-
Is it yet another creation in my yet dreamy mind,
Or is it something truly divine.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

In response to yesterday’s prompt (paper).

NOTE: In a few weeks, I’ll be flying out to Vancouver, Montreal, and finally Fort Lauderdale. During my time there, I will be posting a bunch of travel related posts, so stay tuned for that.

By the way, I’m so grateful to have hit 100 followers! Thank you.

 

 

Relief

You can’t find relief…
In reasons non existent;
In predicaments ill-explained.

There’s no relief.
In trying to peer over lofty walls.
With feet on tiptoes,
and necks sorely craned.

Relief isn’t found…
In wishing upon droplets
that explode as they meet the ground.
Everytime it thundered,
and then rained.

Relief is in the trove
when the heart lets go.
To acknowledge the mistake,
to move on…
And commit fully to the lesson gained.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

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Belief In What?

It takes just two people to bring the world
to ruin. So goes the history of love.
At the end of the day, we tally the casualties
of war, a victory for the one who gets wounded the least.

You say it’s time for a change
but I don’t know to what end, change being
just the skin of some incandescent creature
whose grotesque beauty is what we adore, whom some people call love, whom we
venerate because it consumes us, slim pickings
for its huge soul.

My people say, don’t look
or you’ll go blind. You say the end was always just around the bend. I say all we have
is unconditional surrender to the future.

So unreliable is the past that I feel compelled
to leave unmourned the blind, relentless loves that may have scorched into our hearts
the way the saints accepted stigmata.

But I’ve heard the world’s never going to end.
I’ve heard it will go on and on, and we will live forever, our lives
not worth a footnote, our grandest schemes no more than feeble whispers, all memory
shifting like the continental plates.

In the future,
all science will finally come around; genetic
engineering, I’ve been told, will be all the rage,

and we will be a super race in a world
infallibly perfected, where trains run on time,
love never dies, and hope can be purchased
by the pound. It’s called immortalization of the cell lines.

But it’s insanity, in fact, it’s frivolous
The truth is, we are not immortal,
we will never be, so we must decide for ourselves
to either believe crazy or the truth..

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard