It saddens me to hear about the loss of Neil Armstrong. He will forever be a symbol of humanity’s devotion to curiosity and wonder. I remember when I did a report on him back in elementary school. Researching him sparked my very first intrest in space exploration and what lies beyond the heaves.

Born: August 5, 1930
First Moon Walk: July 21, 1969
Time in Space: 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds 

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. — Neil Armstrong

Earlier this week we lost another great legend. Maurice Sendak was a man that created stories that inspired all of us to stay young and creative inside. I will defiantly pass his stories on to my children. There’s a great write-up about his work and life over at the New York Times. You will be missed Maurice Sendak.

Today my heart aches over the loss of a music legend. Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch and the Beastie Boys were a big deal to me growing up. Their tracks are what we call ‘party anthems’, the jams that cause immediate head bobbing regardless of the present surroundings or situation. It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like without the awesomeness, which is why my sadness runs so deep over this tragic loss.

Rest in peace, MCA. You will be missed.

Last week I watched Simon Sinek’s Creative Mornings talk, which I found profoundly inspiring. Sinek imagines a world where we all are inspired by going to work every day. By doing good for others and having self confidence in our own abilities we can make the work place, even society, a better place.

When were are kids our imagination is limitless, nothing seems impossible. To some, a cardboard box is just a cardboard box. For 9-year-old Caine Monroy it’s spare parts for his next mini arcade game. Taking up a small nook at his dad’s used auto-parts store, Caine’s cardboard arcade is complete with tickets, fun passes, and prizes. Caine’s first customer, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick, decided to spread the word about Caine’s Arcade by organizing a surprise flash mob to come out and play. To Caine’s surprise, business is booming one Sunday afternoon, his smile says it all.

Every Tuesday James Victore will answer a question and give advice from his own personal experience. So far I’ve been enjoying his wise man advice, the video above is pretty spot on. I recommend subscribing to the YouTube channel.

So 2011 came and went, now what? Lets press on shall we. This new year has already started off with a busy agenda that must be handled swiftly. I’m hopeful for a big change in my career, among other things that I feel need a fresh coat of paint. It amazes me how stale things become when you’re not paying attention, there’s just never enough time to do all the things you want to do.

Observing how everyone deals with time has always fascinated me. Calendars, outlines, planners, and lists never really work out for me. They’ve always felt so foreign. I guess we all have our own screwy way of dealing with the minutes and the reminders, but for me the occasional mental note or the reused post-it seems to always be enough.

Maybe I shouldn’t concern myself with how I should keep track of my agenda if I don’t have much enthusiasm to invest. What gets me excited is simply doing the tasks at hand and completing them. There’s nothing more rewarding than when you’ve finally reached that mission accomplished feeling, and I find myself feeling less stressed during it all when I’ve kicked the time-monkey off my back.

At the end of the day I’m okay with being all over the place sometimes. I’m passionate with what I do, and I want to be able to always enjoy it. The second I slap the things I love on some To-Do List is when I’ll start to lose interest. Those evil things are just not for me.

So recently I’ve been fascinated with Charles and Ray Eames. It’s more than just their work that interests me, but the personality and brilliance they brought to everything they touched. They each had their own magical view of the world, and they were determined on letting everyone be apart of it.

EAMES: The Architect and the Painter aired last night on PBS. I was really take back by how extremely complex they were, but they still managed to make sense of all their wondrous ideas and communicate them in such an unexpected way. They seemed so relentless when it came to pushing the envelope, and they were not afraid to do it all. It was this intense passion that turned their work into a precious commodity and permeated our culture. If you get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it.

I know I’ve been neglecting my blog recently, but for good reason. I’ve been busy with other projects, which I’ll eventually post up on my new portfolio site. I’ve procrastinated way to long on my personal website, and things are finally coming together the way I want them to. Building my site from scratch seemed to be a little insufficient for me, so I decided to use a platform that was much easier to use and customize without too much legwork. Things should be launching soon and I’ll be back to posting things up on here soon after that, so stay tuned.

People are too serious and uptight these days, almost as if the optimism has been sucked dry from their bones. You can feel it when you’re out in public, and you can see it on people’s faces. They either look pissed off about something or are completely stoic and lifeless. Louis CK probably said it best by saying, “Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy”. People just need to relax and enjoy everything about this world. The popular cliché, “life is too short” is something to always keep at your side.

The best times in our lives is when we’re playing, having fun, and really not giving a fuck about all the stressful things that blind us from what’s really important. Play is probably the most important. Being silly in your own skin is the best feeling, but the best thing about it is that it’s contagious. You’d be surprised by how many perfect strangers will want to join in on your fun. Even if they don’t, I can bet you that they’re definitely thinking it.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have the people I have in my life today, I’m not sure where I’d be if it weren’t for them. I’m also fortunate to have found my special someone who makes me happy on every level possible. A special someone to laugh, play, and passionately enjoy my life with. Inspiration is all around us, especially in the hearts of those who love us the most.

Here’s to a fantastic future of love, play, excitement, and the unexpected. Life is good, so why are you just walking down the street? You should be dancing down it.