Understanding How to Maneuver Through the World

For what we see, is often times, not what it always appears to be at first glance…

Over time, there’s a truth none of us can ever wish to escape. We must understand how we will maneuver through the world. Whether this come as an easy task, or a tumultuous and unfair disadvantage, we are all marked with trying our “best” to “make it” in the world. All jokes aside, this easily translates into: how well can you and I survive in the world?

Failure is a part of us, it’s a part of our nature to attempt, and sometimes fail at it. Other times, we may make an attempt and actually succeed at our end-goal. In the context of life, this can mean a myriad of different situations. It can be the difference between finding “the one”, it can mean the difference between whether you make the varsity team in college or not. It can mean successfully landing a job that you’ve always wanted (it’s obvious none of us want to work, but you get the idea). But what really makes a failure such a “failure” is our reaction to what happens to us.

You’ve likely heard this kind of phrase countless times before, and you might be rolling your eyes right now (or not?) but the truth is much harder to swallow sometimes. If you getting pissed, sleep for days in your bed, or generally just lounge around and skulk at the fact that you didn’t get it your way, you will likely face a life full of further hardship then it already needs to be. I understand we live through hard times, coming from a personal point of view, I’m currently almost 10,000 dollars in-debt. Life happened to me late last year (2016) and I had to find a way to scramble and pick up the scattered pieces. Sufficient to say, I knew I had to do two things. Continue with my college career, and also, work on finishing the absolute last edit of my first book in a series to come. So this reality became my base for a very tumultuous and seemingly never-ending rock bottom. To be completely honest, I still feel as though I am barely getting my life back together (whatever that means, life is never truly stable).

So here I am, sharing this very personal part of myself to a complete stranger who I’ve never met in person. To the unheard voices of many, I stand with the disadvantaged; because I realized how easy it is for those in positions of power to stampede and trample over the “everyday” person in our ever-faltering society. It’s a fact of life that the only way anyone will ever attain a semblance of happiness, is to be in-tune with their spirituality and ultimately, to be in-tune with each other as human beings. There’s no denying that there are countless lost souls in the world, traversing the world and following the rules that rule over our lives. This is good, of course, because admittedly enough, society is the only “good” thing we have left from the creations birthed from western civilization originating from ancient Greece.

We must work together, or fall as one. There is no in-between when it comes to protecting the innocent and naïve; and to allow them to grow into strong adults and productive members of our shared society.

Truth be told, those who are in positions of power don’t care at all what we, as common “everyday” people do with society. Society, in their eyes, is futile and set-up to fail. It doesn’t concern them, because again speaking from a place of honesty, I can see in the eyes of the materialistically wealthy individual, that they feel powerless and helpless to do anything about the situation. Too often we vilify those in positions of power, because it’s easier for us to do so, then to actually question why those people act the way they do, or commit the actions that they do. It’s much easier to just pin someone as evil due to his or her selfishness and egotistical ways.

Surely, I agree that to some degree, it’s quite disheartening to see such wealth distributed to only those who are fortunate enough to wield such “power”. But to be completely honest, I forgive such actions committed by such vile people. I forgive them, because I understand that this world we live in is about greed. We cannot escape it, it has become entrenched into our very livelihoods whether we as a collective want to admit this or not. We are all guilty of this crime, for we are still living and breathing after all. To be greedy and self-centered (to varying extents) simply means one is looking out for his or her assists (see what I did there). How can we get angry with people like this, when truth be told, if they didn’t act in such greedy ways, they too would fall to the wayside of society and ultimately life altogether in our world.

So what does this mean when we look in the reflection of our modern world?

It means that greed and selfishness is actually rewarded in our society. Yes, you read that right. Like many double standards in our ever-confusing society; we as a collective acknowledge and praise those who can successfully grow a business and sustain it over the long haul. If life were in fact fair and justified, this wouldn’t be the case then. But unfortunately, this isn’t how humans operate the world we live in. By nature, humans aren’t evil, we are just misguided and lost; because the truth of the matter is, we are all lost. We may find who we are, and what we stand for – but in the world, we will always be lost in the shuffle. This realization and truth will set you free, and help you realize that nothing is impossible to achieve. The only obstacle getting in the way between you and your desired future is how you deal with your past failures and how you move on soon thereafter. Make your own path, no matter how you manage to do it, and create a piece of worthwhile life for yourself. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t limit yourself based on judgment alone.

For what we see, is often times, not what it always appears to be at first glance…

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

Death of Your Character (For Writers)

Unmistakably so, the fate of one character undoubtedly alters the fate of another.

There are many interesting fates each character in a book, movie, or even video game, are faced with. From the harrowing tale of Romeo and Juliet, or that of Game of Thrones, there are so many different ways a character can become a hero, or become killed. Today, I’ll be touching on the basis of death, of how this affects your other characters whom are still amongst the living, and how each death has a lesson to be learned.

I’ll never tire of the many different creative ways authors’ create the death of their characters, whether they are main ones or side characters. To being, there are a multitude of physiological aspects to writing out a story. To create each character, to build up their very life from the ground up – takes quite a lot of energy, time, and dedication to understanding each and every single one of them.

There have been many instances where I’ve read a line that intrigued me, or garnered my attention, even more then it should have. This is solely due to the prowess a writer harbors. It’s truly remarkable how life, even in a book, can be so unpredictable. In this manner, a book harnesses the mystic secrets of life, and translates it in such an amazing way, that even a reader can be left wondering how impactful a situation truly was, and the lasting impression it has left on them for the rest of their own life.

I usually find myself contemplating the fates of my own characters at times, wondering how long each one will live in the entire span of the series I have yet to pen down completely. It both amazes me, and overwhelms me, with unspeakable emotions. Just to think about the countless possibilities, creates a whirlwind of life in me. As ironic as it may sound, the idea of death in the stories I have written, gives me an unknown rush of mystery. To contemplate whether a character will live on to see another day, or whether a character will met their demise just a couple of words away, gives me a sense of humbleness and humanness. It reminds me, that no matter who we are as people, we will always remain susceptible to both the beauties of life, but moreover, to the esoteric tragedies of life as well.

For the most part, I usually don’t kill off my main characters so easily. Of course, there will be two or three instances throughout the series when a main character dies so unexpectedly, that even the reader will be left speechless and completely floored. But for the most part, each of my character’s death has meaning, it has purpose, and it leaves the reader with more unheard questions then it does solid answers, because if we’re honest with one another – life works in this same manner. We as people are usually left with countless more questions then we are left with stable answers when someone we know dearly passes on from this life.

Unmistakably so, the fate of one character undoubtedly alters the fate of another.

There are many reasons as to why certain characters are met with death throughout the span of a story. It’s important to realize that just like in life, the death of a character holds the very same weight as a death in real life (for readers, at any rate). So you should not only be careful about who you kill in your stories, but you should moreover, have a time of grieving for each fallen character. I’ve seen at times, some characters die off with absolutely no mention after their death. It’s as if they never existed, and to some degree, real life can work in this manner as well. But as a reader, nothing turns me off more then a senseless death. Because ironically enough, even senseless killing in a story should leave a reader with the same amount of mixed emotions that a meaningful death leaves.

Every death, to a varying degree, should hold some kind of emotional scar or mark. It just doesn’t seem realistic if all emotions are voided out of a death-scene. Of course, the only true exception to this, are completely sociopathic characters. But like I sated before, even senseless killing in a book should still leave the reader in awe and disturbance. It shouldn’t feel shallow and dismissive; otherwise, you risk losing the attention of a lot of readers.

As I sign off for this day’s post, I’ll leave you all with one piece of writing advice: Never be too afraid to push the limits of your characters, for in strength, comes the possibility of a mighty and honorable death.

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

During Turbulent Times of War

Somewhere down the line, there is a misunderstanding, or a desire for greed.

During times of war, every single person is affected. Whether there are two countries fighting each other, or a nation having a war internally, war consumes everyone’s life in different ways. Today, I want to expound on this topic: of war. It’s a dirty word, marked with the countless stains of past blood and present sorrows. It’s an experience that nobody likes to acknowledge, but everyone knows it exists. Whether we try to ignore it, or bring light to it, it never gets better. But the one thing I realized is the ultimate truth of war, is that it begins with a lie.

Somewhere down the line, there is a misunderstanding, or a desire for greed.

This is summarily how a war begins at the very core of its origin. Whether you wish to accept this as fact is a personal question you must ask yourself. But the fact of the matter is that our realities are shaped by this unfortunate event.

In particular, I want you to imagine for a moment a small town in the middle of a peaceful nation. Imagine what the lives of these people must have been like before war even touches their lives. I’m not asking you to sympathize, what I’m trying to get you to imagine is the scenario. Once you do, you will better understand what I’m trying to express.

In this little town, there are all sorts of different people with their own unique personalities. For the most part, everyone gets along and actually enjoys each other’s company at times. These people are humble and aren’t subjected to such injustice or cruelty. Of course, they are likely resentful towards any taxes they must pay to their siphoning government which insists that all the money is going towards programs of public interest. Of course, not every day is a good day. But overall, everyone gets along and has no major complaints which warrant a coup d’état. So naturally, these people have no real reason to truly hate each other or even those who rule over their lives.

That is, until a neighboring nation invades their homeland. Or even their own country imploding, politically, from the inside-out.

The people begin to hear word of discord on bordering lines, they begin to hear whispers of terrible and tragic fates. This is just the start of the hard days to come.

Once, everyone understood one another and understood how to be a part of a community. But now, slowly but surely, everyone begins to panic silently. Their unvoiced fears begin to crawl through their heart and take over their mind. This is the next stage of what happens to a once normal and unhindered people.

As time progresses more, the people begin to see signs of this war which looms ever the closer. They begin to hear the sounds of distant mayhem, the sound of inhumane suffering. This is when the people begin to either stand as one, or fall apart at the seams, and turn against one another. This is the major turning point in any war; for the innocent people caught in the crosshairs of such turbulent times.

Ideally, it would make sense for the outcome to be the same every time. People in a town, or even city, should always come together and unite as a front against whatever injustice slithers its way towards their community. But, as life has shown us, sometimes this isn’t the case.

When this isn’t the case, that is when the lives of people truly change for the worse. People lose something inside of themselves. They lose their humanity. They become savages, understandably afraid of the world and weary of anything that opposes them in any form possible. We must understand, as a people, that this is the harsh reality of war sometimes. Sometimes, there are no heroes. There are no true or honest saviors who have the best intentions of these poor humans subjected now to such crueler fates.

The unfortunate truth of most wars, is that the mass majority of a society may never truly know what caused it. They may be oblivious to the fact that greed, from those who are in the positions of power, got the better of their leaders. Perhaps it was resources which inspired a nation to go into another foreign country. Or, perhaps it was to gain new territory for an empire. Either way, the people during any wartime are likely feed partial truths with the coupling of partial lies. This kind of façade confuses and off-puts truth seekers from actually finding the real reason as to what caused a war to begin with.

But not all hope is lost.

During these times of war, this is when men and women become tested. They become tempered and aware of their environment and of the true realities of the world – for both its horrors, and shockingly also, for its beauties as well. This is when people begin to realize what life is like at its most basic level, such insight surely makes a people the wiser and more willing to admit to the harsher side of life in the world. Of course, like before, people can react to this internal change in one of two manners. They can either grow and become stronger from this devastating experience, or, they can close-up inside and discard the entire world from their minds and from their hearts. But either way, the experience of war has changed them whether they want to admit this or not.

War affects us all to some level in the modern day world. We have, at some point, heard of atrocities unthinkable and of horrible acts of cruelty which dismantle our very perception of “other” people outside of our own comfort zones. But the truth of the matter is simple; it all goes back to what I once stated before.

Somewhere down the line, there is a misunderstanding, or a desire for greed.

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

Distancing Yourself from the Outside World

This is the issue we’re all dealing with right now in today’s world. No one cares. I mean, absolutely no one.

Distancing Yourself from the Outside World

As intense (or lack of intensity) as our emotions can get on this particular topic, I realized I wanted to address this heavy issue today. Every single day, there are a variety of issues we deal with in the world. But one issue that we continue to push to the side, for obvious reasons, is that of how far removed we all our from the world. I mean the real world.

A lot of the times, people want to just ignore the millions of issues that exist, and I agree to some extent. Some issues really can’t be fixed in the world, no matter how hard you try. There are some unfortunate evils in this world that cannot simply disappear, because ruthless, uncaring, and cold individuals run the natural world. That’s the nature of business after all. It’s unfortunate that business is what runs this world. A lot of people even see the world without business as one that’s even nastier than the reality we face today.

Without business, we “likely” revert back to our natural human base of existence.

Many people who are adults and who have grown up realize how fruitless it can all seem in the grand scheme of life. But the truth is, we need to start caring more, and we need to start getting more involved and invested in trying our best to make even the smallest change in the world. Even if it’s just changing one person’s life in a monumental way, that would be good enough.

This is the issue we’re all dealing with right now in today’s world. No one cares. I mean, absolutely no one.

The only people we can turn to are our family, and our closest (and I mean closest) friends who have our backs. Otherwise, if you really think about it, we can’t trust anyone. Is this just another sad reality of life…? Perhaps it is.

But if we don’t at least try and strive to be the better man or the better woman, we begin to fall into a routine in life. Get up, go to work; ignore the vast majority of the people we see out in the world, get our work done, and mind our own business for the sake of hopefully keeping our work-lives intact. I get it though, I really do. I used to work two jobs, but now I go to school full-time. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how the working world operates. It’s a cold and calculating world, with the mantra of: “If you don’t want to work for 10 bucks an hour, someone else will.”

I know that there is no arguing or no asking questions in the workplace unless you absolutely need to. I understand that a lot of people suffer silently at their jobs in order to just get by. After all, nobody will look after you besides your parents, and even then, that could very well not be the case.

I suppose what I’m getting at is, even though this is a heavy topic, and even though I understand how useless it can all seem, I just want you to know that I’m here to talk with.

As small or insignificant as my offer may sound, I’ll always be here to talk with. If you need a person just to listen to you share your day, or even about something that happened to you today (or any day), then I’ll be here to listen to you. I enjoy just letting people speak their mind and receive at least some relief from letting it all out. You can go under “Contact” on my website and send me a message. I’ve already made some good friends on here, hopefully I can get to know some more people who have interesting pasts. After all, we all have a story to share, and we all have a past to admit to…

Forever in Your Debt,

         R.S. Noel