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

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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.

 

 

So What Are You Fighting For?

There are some days you may feel weary,
As if things just aren’t going right.
No amount of attempts to avoid,
You step into the big mud puddle despite!

On these days giving up would be too easy,
You’d like to just run away.
And sometimes if you just take a step back,
It may be the right and only way.

But at a point you’ll have to decide for yourself,
If you’re going to let them win or loose.
This is the time that you’ll look deep inside,
And see if you have it within.

When you are ready to take that next step,
And show that you are ready to fight.
Avoid what you can and it’s okay if you can’t,
But no matter what happens, know that you’ll be alright.

S O, W H A T  A R E  Y O U  F I G H T I N G  F O R?

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and stay tuned for more to come! New post coming out this Sunday.

Hope you’re having a blessed day/evening!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

What Defines Us As Human Beings

What does it mean to be human?

An honest question I ask all of you, what is indeed your purpose and truth in your life? And does that define you as a human being?

A question I continue to ask myself. I do not know my purpose and truth in life, but I have yet to discover it. However, I do have some ideas of what it means to be human. I think as human beings, deep down we all love and care for one another, and some of you might think it’s frivolous but I have yet to tell you, is it really frivolous or is it the honest truth?

As human beings, we each have a desire to reach our goal and purpose in our life, and through the desire to reach our goal comes motivation. Without motivation we would not reach our goal, this is because we all have something inside of us that pushes us to strive for excellence, thus achieving our goal. And I think a big key in what defines human beings is love. Love answers our prayers and our hopes, it fulfills us with a sense of happiness and relief. Love defines us as human beings.

I could go on ranting about good qualities in what it means to be human, but I have yet not told you about the bad qualities that define us as human beings. Some of them being selfishness, lying, giving up, being deceived by idiotic situations, and many others. One that strikes me is giving up. The act of giving up is something very bad, and yet it is something we all have done. Or even lying, to know that lying may possibly save us from a situation, yet our lie may possibly bring upon a consequence in the nearby future.

All to say that what defines us as humans is good and bad qualities. So let us focus on the good and not the bad. If we choose to follow our good and true qualities, we will be overshadowed by only good, but if we choose to follow our bad qualities, we will be overshadowed by only darkness.

So I ask you, what is your meaning and truth in your life?

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Freedom Is A Right – Immigration/Emigration

Freedom.

No matter your skin color, race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, religion or background, everyone deserves to be treated equally with kindness and love, but most importantly, everyone deserves freedom.

As human beings, we are all destined for freedom. I think of it as not merely a want, but a need. We need freedom. Freedom demonstrates the veracity of the human person, it defines us as human beings. But understand that if one does not have freedom, it is like loosing your will to live.

As human beings, we are all keen on judging one another, to jump to conclusion about that person, but we often forget that we ourselves have our flaws and that we are not perfect. That said, I think today’s society has gone too far in judging one another.

I’m referring to the millions of immigrants who are constantly being mistreated and are being told to go back to their home country. But don’t get me wrong, not every immigrant is being mistreated, in fact, many countries are welcoming and are open to immigrants, to give them the life that they need and deserve, which is a better and safer life.

But just imagine the hard life that these people are going through and are currently going through, hoping to find a better and safer life for not only themselves, but for their family. Recently, I just don’t understand why many countries are not willing to open their borders for these immigrants who have traveled a long and difficult way. I completely understand the security measures and what not to enter the country, but the fact that thousands of people from different countries are protesting against these immigrants is inhumane.

I think that many of these people are afraid that they will loose their values and culture because a new race and religion is settling in, but I also think that these people have the wrong impression on these immigrants. Many of whom believe that these immigrants are terrorists because that’s how they’re being portrayed in the media. The truth of the matter is, it’s false. Sure we have been hearing about terrorist attacks, but that shouldn’t give us the impression that these people are bad and that they are terrorist. Know that this does NOT represent them and their religion.

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I think I will cut it short and tell you that the reality of this subject is sad, scary and inhumane. In the end, we should all treat each other equally and be open and welcoming to these immigrants. Spreading love and kindness will always be remembered. Know that it is the little things such as this that will bring us far in life.

Hope you’re having a blessed day/night and hopefully you enjoyed my thoughts on this subject.

Stay tuned for more to come! (You can follow me / connect with me via social media)

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard / Living Life to Explore™

Climate Change Is Real

The subject many people talk about on Earth Day is the subject of climate change. How our Earth’s climate is rapidly changing and therefore creating devasting disasters. This creates a conundrum for us all.

Global warming. We all have heard it before but what is it and what causes global warming?

Here’s a simple definition of global warming. (And YES, it’s really happening!!!) Over the five decades, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. And it will continue to increase.

The cause is simply carbon dioxide, other air pollutants and greenhouse gasses that are rising up in our atmosphere, absorbing sunlight and solar radiation. Normally solar radiation would escape into space, but these pollutants in the atmosphere trap the heat and causes the planet to get hotter. And the result is simply catastrophe, and part of it is linked to extreme weather.

Here are the statestics recorded in January 2016!

But is this considered normal? Absolutely not! In fact, I have heard from many people that the subject of climate change is fake. They think it’s natural and that it’s part of our eco-system, not only that but they continuously ignore the proven scientific facts. They are living on the planet as if they have another one to go to. The truth of the matter is, we are the architects of this dreadful dilemma.

Honestly, I have no idea what will happen to our planet in the next few decades, but I only hope it will be something good and not something bad.

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Anyways, I believe that climate change is real and it’s most definitely not a joke. This must be a wake-up call to everyone that climate change is real and that it’s happening right now! Know that it is our actions that determine the future for our generation and the next.

Our planet is beautiful so let’s not take it for granted!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard / Living Life to Explore™