Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Now for a Little Inspiration

So first blog post I talked about science which is a huge influence in my life, but I have another passion for spreading messages of self empowerment.   I can feel the groans coming, I'm not that type of inspirational speaker I promise you...  No chanting, no song and dance, just some blunt facts presented in a different view with me hoping they help. 

People often forget the power of choices.  There are always choices to be made; one is never forced to do anything.  While we are often presented with choices we don’t want to make or feel that the only option is one we would never take, the choice is open to not take that course.  It is an active choice to take life-changing situations and turn them into something positive.  It is a little like focusing on the silver lining at the edge of a dark cloud; there is plenty of darkness, but the lining might be a learning experience, or even a fresh start.  Many choices appear as downright terrifying.   Starting over in life gets feels increasingly difficult as one grows older.  But life never goes to plan, it is one of our gifts as humans to be able to adapt.  People often look at situations in a close-minded and uni-dimensional mode.  This is probably the result of many years of public education, where one is taught to stick to the facts.  Any kid who has unique and radical ideas is rapidly labeled as weird, and soon learns that the price of fitting in is to forget their silly dreams.  All too often we are limited by a preconceived view of what might be possible.  We choose to believe in experts, like doctors who say you will never walk again, or critics, who say your book will never become a best seller. 
What changed from those long-ago days when we were little kids and everyone wanted to be the president, an astronaut, an Olympian, or to cure cancer? Why is it that the process of growing up seems to be accompanied by the loss of a belief in one’s self and in huge dreams?  While it is true in sports that only one team can win (I am still holding out for a Super Bowl win Charger fans), nearly all of life is not reaching the top, but in obtaining satisfaction from working hard at dreaming big and becoming the best person you can be. Along the route, for every door that closes another opens, presenting new opportunities at every turn. Feeling satisfied that you have given it your all, beats that other feeling of disappointment in never having tried. So channel your inner 6-year-old, who believes that anything can happen and dream big, really big.
Plenty more where that came,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Testing, Testing, 123...

So this blog all came about because I've been processing a few ideas for awhile now, simply writing on them from time to time whenever inspiration strikes me.  I've helped my lovely boss develop her blog and even written once or twice on it, finally I decided hmm why not write my own.  My posts will be mainly about biomimicry, inspirational speaking, horses from time to time, and some randoms may pop up...  If I ever figure out how to scan my drawings, a comic or two may appear...  

Now already I have lost some of you on what the hell is biomimicry?  That is why I have listed a lovely cheater definition down below to help you out.  My dad is an uber-nerd like myself.  We talk for hours on animals and weird nature facts.  He is the current biomimicry expert in the country, and can dazzle you for days with his stunning slides.  I on the other hand, geek out and go on and on about animals and their weird abilities and how if I spliced some strange hybrid or isolate specific proteins, I could fix all our problems. 

To give you a slight insight on the odd places my mind goes, today I was thinking about shark cartilage, yes shark cartilage.  It is a popular additive in many supplements claiming to be an antioxidant.  The theory behind shark cartilage is trying to utilize a supposed theory that sharks do not get cancer.  How can sharks be utilized so people don't get cancer?  The downside to these additives is they are all via supplement that is ingested.  So, as it goes through your digestive system, mainly your stomach, the super high acid with completely destroy whatever happy protein or enzyme gave Mr. Shark all the benefits...  But back to sharks don't get cancer.  It isn't know exactly how they avoid getting cancer, I could drag on with some theories but I will spare you, the important point is they don't get cancer.  At the moment one of my good friends has brain cancer.  Wouldn't it be amazing to isolate the protein, enzyme, whatever mechanism the shark prevents cancer with and transform it for human use?  Just think no more chemo, or radiation, instead a completely natural treatment effective against all types of cancer.  Sharks are just one little piece of biomimicry and where it could take us as a society.

It seems today people don't care about conservation just for the sake of biodiversity, or keeping the world beautiful, which is exactly why they should become biomimicrists!  Nature did everything first and doesn't like to waste energy.  This has made most of its mechanisms extremely efficient.  Every business wants to save money or make money and efficiency is the best way to do it.  I will elaborate in future posts even more on why you should become a biomimicrist.  For now I will sign off and hopefully leave you wanting more and very intrigued... 
Ta ta for now,