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Growing Pains

It’s funny that when you’re young, all you want to do is grow up fast so that you can do grown up things. Then you grow up and realise that being an adult isn’t all that you expected. So much to deal with. So much to worry about. Then you look back and remember all the things you had to deal with as a child…which wasn’t much. I know not everyone had the same childhood experiences. Some had to grow up faster than others because of what life had in store for them but the fact still remains…being a child was easier than being a grown up. But we all have to grow up. Sooner or later. Like it or not. And its not easy. Life can be a harsh teacher at times, often giving you the tests first before revealing the lessons afterwards. Imagine having a teacher like that. Well you don’t have to imagine because that’s exactly how life is. It will test us before we know what lessons we are supposed to learn. And everyones test is different. I don’t know why, but that’s just how it is. Some people are tested more than others, while others seem to rarely get tested. That isn’t fair. But no one said life was meant to be fair. There’s nothing fair about losing loved ones to death. There’s nothing fair about seeing what you worked so hard for come crushing down in front of you.There’s nothing fair about unrealized dreams, goals and ambitions. There’s nothing fair about the hurt and disappointment that people who we love and care about will put us through due to their actions and/or words. There’s nothing fair about seeing people suffering for whatever reason. There’s nothing fair about some of the pure evil that exists in some people that would make them do unthinkable things to a fellow human being. There’s nothing fair about a lot of things in life. But then again, no one said life was supposed to be fair. And the older you get, the more you realise how unfair life can be. And its at such points that you reminisce on how simple life was as a child.

But we all have to grow up. And by growing up I’m not talking about acting your age and doing things that you think people your age should be doing and all that. Although that’s part of growing up, people mature differently, and so you can’t expect two 20 year olds to act the same. One might act with the maturity of a 40 year old, while the other may act like my 3 year old nephew. It doesn’t matter how you act age wise because sooner or later, like it or not, LIFE will test you and force you to either learn and grow…or continue acting like you were never tested at all. The lessons after the test are there to learn and grow from. They might not seem apparent at the time, but another thing I’ve learned about life is that everything happens for a reason. Even when you can think of no logical reason why some things should happen, often there is. These are growing pains. We’ll all experience them in our own way and at our own time, but they will come because Life happens to us all until we are dead and gone.
But life must go on. And while you’re still alive, you might as well make the best of it. Remember, it won’t be easy and often it won’t feel fair. But these growing pains are what help us grow into the people we want to be…remember that famous, “what do you want to do or be when you grow up?” question we are asked when we are young? Well only you can answer that and only you knows how hard or how bad you want to be that person. Whatever the case, life will test you and give you growing pains. But as you learn life’s many lessons, don’t forget that you can still dream.You can still aspire to be who or whatever you want to be. You can still work hard. You can still make something out of nothing. You can still have a better life. It may sound like corny advice that you hear on tv or in songs but if you pay attention to life and the lessons it gives, you’ll know that its possible. I wish I had the answers of how exactly it will work out, but I don’t. I’m going through my own growing pains. But Im grateful to have known a man who showed me that despite whatever life throws at you and tests you with…provided you are humble and willing to learn…no matter how painful or unfair life’s tests might seem or actually be…you can still achieve.Otherwise what’s the alternative? Death awaits us all… One life to live… might as well chase your dreams, whatever they are, however big or SMALL. One life to live, but if you live it wisely, then one life is enough. These are growing pains…and to that man, I thank you… Thank you Dad, for showing me that not even death can stop a real Dream Chaser because your legacy will live on….

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Inside the Bucket Seat: Joseph Kony.

                                         Inside the Bucket Seat: Joseph Kony

I was sitting in my room the other day, having a chat with my imaginary friend, John-Paul, about some of the mysteries of life. Our discussion then turned to the topic of aliens, and whether or not they really exist. John-Paul was convinced that not only did aliens exist, but he had met a couple of them in his life time. Having failed to convince him that aliens didn’t exist and getting irritated by his stubbornness, I reminded him that since he was just a figment of my imagination, his opinions really didn’t matter to me because he was, well, imaginary! He didn’t like being called imaginary and we spent the next 30minutes debating on whether he was real or not … He won that debate. Anyway… Speaking of imagining things, I’ve been thinking of what jobs I’d like to pursue in future. Whatever job it is, I hope it pays big buck$. I’ve even toyed with the idea of hosting my own talk show. Think Oprah, Ellen, Dr Phil, Leno, that sort of talk show, only with more interesting guests. Well I asked John-Paul what he thought of my talk show idea and like any good friend would, he shot my dreams down on the spot. He explained to me that to host a talk show, one had to have a charismatic personality, be funny, and have friends in ‘high places’ to get high profile guests onto the show…all of which I didn’t have. But as fate/luck would have it, John-Paul claimed to have everything needed to host a successful talk show and agreed to help me…as long as he got ALL the credit. Deal. Because of our mutual love for fast sports cars, we decided to call my talk show, Inside the Bucket Seat. If you’re not familiar with bucket seats, put simply, they are special seats you find in most sports cars. A fitting name for our talk show as I was 100% convinced that taking advice from someone imaginary could only lead to some sort of devastating crash. Anyway since John-Paul claimed to know people in ‘high places’, I asked him to organise Mr Joseph Kony to be the shows very first guest, so the world could hear his side of #Kony2012….

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Location: Somewhere Unknown.

Guest: Joseph Kony.

Status of guest: Chilling

*Me: “Mr Kony, I’d firstly like to thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule, and agreeing to appear on my show to share your side of #Kony2012.”

@Kony: “You are welcome young man. You see, I believe that young people should be able to pursue and achieve whatever goals and dreams they have in life. And as such, I have made it my own personal goal to finding as many young children in Uganda as possible, and with the necessary training and guidance, I EQUIP the little ones with all the skills and tools they will ever need to achieve their goals. ARMED with the best tools, we teach these young children how to hunt down their goals, always aiming for the top….as my dad always told me, aim for the stars so that if you miss, you hit a cloud, or something like that…”

*Me: “Right. Well that’s not what the media is saying about you, Mr Kony.”

@Kony: “Please, call me Joseph. Now young boy, what is the media saying about me??”

*Me : “Well, Mr Joseph, there is a 30minute documentary circulating all over the internet highlighting all the evil things you have been doing for the past years in Uganda, from abducting as many as 30,000 children and turning them into child soldiers, raping countless young girls, burning villages, you know….evil stuff… have you seen the documentary??”

@Kony: “Ahhh….THAT documentary! Of course I’ve seen it. I co-produced it as well. You see, when I was studying how to be a dictator at Hitler University, we were taught how to produce short films and documentaries that would assist us in spreading propaganda. So I’m pretty handy with a Camera, gun and Machete.”

*Me: “So….if you co-produced the documentary, that means you personally know the director?”

@Kony: “The American chap, yes, yes, I know him very well. We are good friends; in fact he sent me a friend request on Facebook the other day. Which reminds me, I have to add him. You see, since the Ugandan government and International Criminal court have been on my case, I’ve had to change my password and username quite a few times. I find this irritating coz I usually forget my passwords and have to open up new profiles. Anyway remind me after the show to add you on Facebook as well.

*Me: “Mr Kony. I know you have just mentioned that you co-produced the short film, but its message clearly states that it aims to make you “Famous” so that it puts a lot of international pressure on the likes of the ICC to come catch you. What do you have to say about that?

@Kony: “I really don’t think they’ll catch me, young man. You see, I’ve been on the run so long; I honestly have no idea where I am right now. I’m always moving from jungle to jungle, hotel suite to hotel suite, always crossing borders. All that moving has left me, well, a bit clueless as to my actual whereabouts….so I wish whoever is out there looking for me, good luck!…

*Me: “Well my friend and co-producer of the show seemed to find you quite easily.”

@Kony: “Who, the imaginary guy sitting next to you?”

*Me: “Yes. Wait! … How did you know he was imaginary?? And how come YOU can SEE him and I can’t!!”

@Kony: “Ahhh, you still have lots to learn, young man. You see, just like your imaginary friend, my company “Invisible Children, Inc” works pretty much the same way. These children are “Invisible” to the world, to everyone, except me. I can see them. And that is exactly why we produced that short film, to be seen by the rest of the world. You see, young man, I’ve always wanted to be famous. I’ve had dreams of appearing on a great talk show like Larry King or Oprah and talking about my vision, my life….but since people think I’m such an evil man, well, there is no way I can appear on any talk show without being arrested. That’s how we decided to make that short film. Its aim was simple from day one; make Me, Joseph Kony FAMOUS.! I want my name to be a household name…I want to rub shoulders with celebrities, and in future, if all goes well, I want to have my own reality TV show. I’ve already got some ideas….what do you think of “The Real Housewives of Kony”? Huh? Pretty good huh? Since I have 20 plus wives, it will be easy to record episodes as I’d never run out of material. With Over 200 children, the show is bound to be a success. It has the makings of any great reality TV show….Drama…pointless Drama…I just want people to get to see the side of me that the Invisible Children Documentary didn’t show….that I can be a sensitive, gentle, funny, loving husband and father. In fact I’ve already talked to the American chap who shot the documentary and he and his team have agreed to direct my show. So the future looks bright for me at the moment.”

*Me: “Ahhhhhmmmm…..can we please have a 5minute break…I think I need to go throw up!”

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Part 2

*Me: “So, Mr Kony. Are you honestly telling me, on the record, that you personally played a part in the production of the documentary that depicts you as such an EVIL MAN to the rest of the world?”

@Kony: “Absolutely. Good Marketing don’t you thing, young man. You see, that’s the problem with today’s generation. You young ones believe EVERYTHING you see and read on TV and on the Internet. And that is why I have become so famous right now. Who knows, maybe we used footage from 20 years ago in that documentary, maybe it wasn’t even in Uganda where we shot those clips, Did you know I have an Evil Twin Brother as well, his name is Joseph Kony….maybe it was him doing all those horrible things.”

*Me: “Do you have an evil twin brother?”

@Kony: “No. I was just making a point. But you nearly believed me….get what I mean, you guys believe everything you hear and see…. Who knows, maybe I’m dead right now and people are wasting their time looking for me.”

*Me: “Wait a minute. You can’t be dead! That would mean I’m talking to a Ghost right now, which is impossible!”

@Kony: “Would it make a difference…. you talk to your imaginary friend don’t you.”

*Me: “Good point. Carry on…”

@Kony: “Look, all I’m saying is this. My dream from when I was a little girl, my mum used to call me Josephine by the way, has always been to be famous. And that’s why we made that documentary. It served its purpose. It has made me Famous. I’m all over YouTube and the Internet. I have created a Brand name. My company has merchandise, we have T-Shirts, coffee mugs, wrist bands, hats, flyers, banners, everything. My employees are working very hard to spread my brand name by posting and sharing my documentary all over the internet and sticking flyers everywhere. It’s working. Not only am I famous, but I also plan on making it to the top of the Forbes list one day. So far, with people’s contributions from around the world, I’m doing pretty well.”

*Me: “Wait. I thought Invisible Children, Inc was a charity organisation whose proceeds were going to finding and capturing you, ending the war in Uganda and rebuilding infrastructure there. Above all, I thought the money was going to the poor children?”

@Kony: “Like I said, young man, you guys believe everything you hear and see, don’t you?”

3 Notes

Dearly Mine, Sincerely Yours: Sounds Of Silence

dearlymine:

Moment of Honesty
I wonder if I’ll ever make it…Will I ever be someone in life or am I destined to be apart of society we all act like we can’t be.
Unsuccessful people didn’t aim to be unsuccessful, they’re people who ,for reasons out of their control, were unsuccessful.
The reality of the…

3 Notes

Dearly Mine, Sincerely Yours: Sounds Of Silence

dearlymine:

Moment of Honesty
I wonder if I’ll ever make it…Will I ever be someone in life or am I destined to be apart of society we all act like we can’t be.
Unsuccessful people didn’t aim to be unsuccessful, they’re people who ,for reasons out of their control, were unsuccessful.
The reality of the…

3 Notes

Man. Pencil. Perfection.

Man. Pencil. Perfection.

Notes

When I first saw this video, my first reaction was BULLSHIT!! That’s not real!!….but now I’m a believer…I believe that Optimus Prime and the autobots are still amongst us, and have now taken on Human form!