Be Yourself

When I was young, I made a significant decision that I have never regretted still to this day. Never will I live like everyone else. I would live my own life. I would no longer care about the newest fashion trend, or the new gizmos everyone else was getting, I would be happy with what I have no matter what everyone else said or thought.

It sounds simple enough. Yet, many people will never make that decision.

Instead, they will succumb to the pressure to conform. They will live their life purchasing an abundance of money on the trendiest products and fashion released to the masses – not because they actually need them, but just because their friends bought them. They will waste their energy trying to keep up with the newest trend.. all for the elusive purpose of showing off. And in exchange, they will forfeit their life’s purpose.

This generation is having the mentality that, “I want this because it would look really nice and it would give me the opportunity to it show off in front of my friends!” The truth of the matter is, it’s completely frivolous! The amount of people I have met who have fit this criteria is incredible!

But you know what, I would be lying if I said that I have never been that person who always wants but doesn’t really need. In reality, I was that person who wanted to fit in, not knowing that I was loosing myself in the process.

So I would say to live your life and not someone else’s. You are unique and special, don’t waste your time on stupidity that will only make you feel worse in the long-run. Be yourself because everyone else is taken. Celebrate your uniquess and identify your values. Accept what you have and be grateful for it. Honestly, if you really think about it, you shouldn’t be like them and if you are, you still have time to redeem yourself to be that unique person you always have been.

Your life is valuable. It is the greatest asset you own. Don’t let it slip into mediocrity by choosing to live it just like everyone else. It won’t go well for you.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

A Big Thank You To My Fellow Viewers And Followers

I received a really nice email recently from a longtime fan:

I don’t know you and you don’t know me. But, I’ve been following your blog for a long time now – just wanted to congratulate you. I love what you do and you inspire me with every post! Keep it up! – Marilyn Gramms 

I’ve loved reading all your emails and notes of encouragement since I started my blog, and this is actually a fantastic example of why I decided to do it in the first place. Not for the appreciative comments, but because I value all of you who have taken an interest in what I do. My main goal is to inspire and educate you about our beautiful world and its reality, as well as what lies beyond our planet.

Over the months, I’ve been able to connect with a lot of you one on one via email, social media, and even on my blog, but I know there are still many of you who have been following my blog and have never interacted with me. So my commitment is to make my blog as interactive as possible, for your personal experience.

For my work, the most important thing that matters for me, personally, is if I can inspire and show you how wonderful and how precious life is. That’s why Living Life to Explore is my trademark, I believe we should all live our lives to explore our world’s wonders.

What’s also great about what I do is, I get to interact with you, my viewers, and having the opportunity in collaborating with other bloggers to create something fantastic and memorable for all of you.

Notes like Marilyn’s are a good reminder of the real people on the opposite side of my computer screen, too.

In the end, my blog wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your constant support and love. It’s been a blast to connect with all of you who have been following my blog for a long time. Whether you’re new or if you’ve been following my blog for a long time, I’d love to hear from you.

Feel free to leave a question, comment or concern.

Stay tuned for my upcoming posts – New post coming out Tuesday, April 11th.

NOTE: I’ve recently updated my blogging schedule to every two days. There may be exceptions if I feel the need to do so.


© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Why I love National Geographic

Reading National Geographic is, to me, an endless world of opportunity and adventure. Opening a new copy really feels like stepping into a new world.

I love National Geographic because so much can be learned from it. They portray the world so beautifully with the help of an amazing team of photographers, journalists, adventurers, writers, biologists and camera crew, that it makes it so much more interesting and fascinating.

National Geographic confronts us with reality. It showcases the beauty and history of our world. It gives us a better understanding of man and nature, evolution of space and time, how new planets and galaxies are always being discovered. These are all amazing examples portraying the reality and truth.

But they also have a neat way of showcasing the darker side, things that are not beautiful, as well as things that make us unhappy. This can be seen by climate change, natural habitats being destroyed, or even human beings who are struggling to survive. In the end, it shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What’s even better about National Geographic is, anybody around the world can have access to its content no matter how old you are.

Just recently, I learned that a marine iguana developed an amazing solution by shrinking and regrowing its size on demand for surviving a common weather event called El Niño which removes much of their food source. So by shortening their size, they shorten the amount of food and energy they would need, giving them a greater chance of survival. What a remarkable example of adaptation!

But being a big fan of National Geographic for a very long time, I was actually thinking of pursuing a career as a photographer and writer to discover more of our world’s wonders and what lies beyond our planet. And if you’re interested in adventure just like me, working for NatGeo is definitely the way to go.

In the end, so much can be reflected on its content between man and nature. You see, National Geographic truly makes the world a better place, but most importantly, it makes us better human beings.

National Geographic makes an explorer of us all.


Life Between Posts

One of the most common questions I receive is, “What do you do when you’re not blogging?”

As much as I love blogging, it would be very hard for me to not find time in my day to do so. I mean, having so many ideas and topics to write about, I guess blogging about it would be the better solution.

Since I get so many questions about what I do when I’m not blogging, I figured I should write a more in-depth post about my life behind the screen and share with you, my life between posts.

First off, you probably already know that I’m a very artistic person and if you don’t, I think it’s important to talk to you in detail about my true love for art:

  • I always loved sketching and drawing still life. It has always been something in which I was very good at, and slowly I’m getting the hang of sketching and drawing portraits of human characteristics, which in my opinion is much harder. I’ve been doing this form of art since I was very little, and over time with constant practice, my art has improved so much.
  • Besides doing that, I occasionally practice the art of photography. I recently got into photography about three years ago, and my love for it has grown dramatically. There’s something I love about capturing that perfect moment and having that moment, stick with you for the rest of your life. And I’m always aiming to improve my photography to a greater level and to master the true secrets of what makes a perfect photo.
  • Last but not least, a true art form that I admire so much is the art of food. Since I was a toddler, I always watched my mom cook in the kitchen, and I’m sure you have too. Watching her years after years taught me a lot of important factors about food in terms of preparation, presentation, and taste. Today, I have the knowledge to transform simple ingredients into a delicious and stunning meal, thanks to my mother. And my knowledge of food and cooking keeps on growing with every day that passes by.

Secondly, when I’m not blogging, in terms of staying active…Snowboarding, dancing, tennis, and other forms of exercise are all examples of what I like to do during my free time. Not only is it healthy physically and psychologically, but doing what you love to do can be a lot of fun, not to mention how great of an opportunity it is to spend your time wisely.

Thirdly, as you probably already know, I’m still a student. That means every day I receive homework and new lessons that need to be finished well and on time so I can continue to get those good grades that I need in order to pursue my future career.

Anyhow, you might be wondering how I can still blog and do everything else I just mentioned, well, my response is simply that I manage my time to do what really needs to be done first, such as working hard to get those good grades and helping my family, and if I have some extra time, I’ll use that time to do more artwork, to stay in shape, to continue blogging, and most importantly, to continue doing the things that I love to do.

Hopefully, this answers the question of, “What do you do when you’re not blogging?”

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me by email, social media or the blogging community. Hope you’re having a great day and stay tuned for more posts to come!