Life’s What You Make It, So Smile!

Today I have been a bit of a grumpy old bear. Its something that’s built up basically as a result of a mixture of a lot of things.

Mostly, those have been just annoyances with my parents, I’m really tired of being back at home. They ask way too many questions and its always the same questions over again. Plus they smoke and get everything smelly. I find that extremely disrespectful and it bothers me… A tonne.

Adding to that is their house, its so out of the way and far from everything, I can never really connect with my friends or do anything worthwhile.

Not to mention their cats that get hair everywhere! Makes me want to tear out my own hair… And eyeballs!

Adding to that, my application got rejected to an apartment I applied to. Normally that’s fine because it’s usually just a chance and your competing with others for the available places. But with this one, I worked it out to be basically a sure thing, but to add to it, they didn’t even inform me that my application was declined.

Besides that, there are a tonne of small things that have been annoying and bothering me as well.

The weather isn’t helping neither.

I’m ready to move on and get this summer finished with. If school started tomorrow, I wouldn’t think that would be a bad thing either. So I’m setting a goal to never let this happen again. Next summer I’m going to try and get a job with Parks Canada or something of the sort, and enjoy the time I have off. Plus, maybe finally travel to Malaysia and Singapore!

With that rant out of the way though, I am usually a very happy and optimistic person. Whenever people meet me they always tell me that I’m so down to earth, easy to get along with and super positive.

Which I am.

I’m always looking at the glass half full, giving my all, looking for answers and accepting what happens. There are always certain things I constantly tell people around me. Those being, “Life’s what you make it, so you gotta make it right”, “The world always looks brighter from behind a smile”, and “All you need is love!”.

Whenever I’m at work too, you can always catch me singing! Most of the time its love songs, but every time it shows what kind of mood I’m in. So when you hear the love songs, that’s a good thing. Along with “Copa Cabana”, Ke$ha, and any Corey Hart to make the sun shine on me.

But for right now, I know that tomorrow will bring a lot better of a day. So expect some love songs to come echoing out of the kitchen at work, accompanied by one crazy looking cook.

 

“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be” – Samuel Johnson

 

Tyson Trepidations.

Sending Kids To Summer Camp

During my childhood and part of my teenage years, I was fortunate enough to attend a summer camp five times. Every one that I went to is infused in my brain forever and stand out as some of the most fun and memorable moments of my life. So I think if a parent gets a chance or wonders if they should send their kid to summer camp, they should most definitely research one close by (or not necessarily close) and send their kid without hesitation. The skills, memories and friends they come home with, stay with them forever. Childhood memories are something I would never want to lose or replace with anything.

The first time I went to a summer camp was when I was about 10. I went to Sunnybrae Bible Camp, located along the incredible shores of Shuswap lake and at the base of the pristine Mount Bastion. It was a beautiful camp with really expert staff, and perfectly executed activities and plans. They definitely had the experience and the resources necessary to give kids the best of time while there.

At Sunnybrae, they have tonnes of activities to choose from to make for a new experience all the time, such things ranging from archery, to swimming, to learning a little more about the bible and religion. All of their camps for kids are a week long and cost $235 + British Columbia’s HST tax. But it isn’t just limited to kids, they have teen and family packs as well. Also, even if your kid isn’t raised with a religion (much like myself), I think its still a great opportunity in their development. At Bible camp, they don’t push religion onto anyone. I just think its just a great way to introduce the Bible to kids and a little of the western religious history. It’s an important part of the worlds development and culture, so I think its a little incompetent to not be at least be a little familiar with the Bible and religion.

The other four years that I went to a summer camp, were spend at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Center (VACSTC). I was in cadets for seven years, from the time I was 12 until I aged out at 19.

When I was 14, I went to VACSTC for the first time doing a Cadet Leader course that lasted six weeks, then the year after that I did a Cadet Leader Instructor summer camp course in one of the prestigious Drill and Ceremonial platoons for another six weeks. During both of those years I had an amazing time, learned tonnes of new skills and made plenty new friends that I’m still friends with today.

While attending VACSTC there are a number of different camps to attend that are specialized for different purposes like music, drill, shooting, and athletics. With those camps come a series of lessons as well, based on the different types of camp you choose to go to. Besides the lesson, there are a tonne of fun activities included in each; things like absailing, beach days, water slides, sports nights and even looking at some of the local tourist attractions in and around Vernon, British Columbia. This camp is free, paid for by the Department of National Defence. But your kid actually gets a bonus for going, not much though, just $60 per week spent at camp and you have to be in cadets to be able to attend. But the memories and bonds that you make at Cadet camp are those in which you keep forever.

Myself and Two Other Staff Serving As Flag Party

Lastly, I also spent another 2 consecutive years at VACSTC. I had such an amazing time every time I went, that I wanted to return, but this time as staff. For the first year I was the high ranked warrant officer for the Rifle Coach platoon, specializing in familiarization with several different rifles. The next year I was again a Warrant officer, but this time for a platoon in Drill and Ceremonial. As a leader and staff, I was in charge of about 30 kids with one or two other platoon warrants at my side. We were in charge of their safety, supervision, fun and we were the ones that passed on the commands to them.

Since I was staff, it was a paid position (quite generously, I might add) under a seven week contract. The first week there is spent meeting the other staff and getting a rundown of what we would be doing with the kids for the last six weeks and going over the rules.

Even to this day I still make time to go and visit some of my friends from camp, as well as visit some of the kids that I taught while staffing there. Just before my roadtrip I went and visit with one of the kids I taught that lives in Vancouver, but in August I’m also going to visit some friends I staffed with in the place where it started, Vernon, BC. I honestly can’t wait to see them and I think if any parent gets the chance, they should send their kid to summer camp. It gets them out of the way for a little so the parent can relax for a bit of the summer themselves, but it also lets their kid explore different aspects of the world, learn tonnes of new skills, and come home with a million new friends. All-in-all, summer camp is amazing.

“To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee” – Emily Dickinson

Tyson Trepidations.

So Many Places To Choose From

My current living situation for the summer is back with my parents at my childhood house. It’s not bad neither, my parents are pretty down to earth and let me make my own decisions since I am 21 years old. Although, like many people my age, there is that nagging feeling in the back of my mind about just the fact that I’m living with my parents.

Having that said, I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do for the next school year in regards to my living arrangements. I have a few options that I’ve been looking into and starting this early makes all of them easily available. Also, I haven’t lived in too many different places, basically just at home and a dorm room. I’m actually not even sure what I want to get out of this post, I think its mostly for me to just get everything written down and compare the different choices I have. Also, other opinions are welcome and highly valued. I’d like to other experiences and tips to help me out in this decision that’s become really tough for me. 

I’ll start with what I know. A dorm room isn’t bad, they’re right on university and you don’t have to worry about any other added bills since it includes everything. Also, there are many different services and activities offered that really no other living arrangement can give out (like karaoke night, a quiet study room, free BBQ’s, etc). Not to mention all the discounts at the ski mountains, hockey games and bowling nights! Another good thing about the dorms is that you are organized into quads, so you have your own room with a kitchenette, but share the bathroom with 3 other boys, ensuring you keep your privacy fairly well. A lot of the time having quads gives you instant friends, but sometimes that can also be a burden. Now for the not so good things that constantly bother me about living there. I can’t stand the concrete walls, with only one little window and a tiny air vent. It makes me feel as though I’m in prison and I really miss out on any sunshine as well with the little window. The other thing is the size, they really are tiny and because of that, they can be a burden to keep clean. Since I’m a bit of a germaphobe, this doesn’t sit well with me…

Another option I have that’s kinda similar-ish is to respond to some of those “room mate wanted” ads. There really are a lot of them and some are even cheaper than living in the dorms, which is a huge plus to me. Also, the hopes of getting some sunshine and away from the bland concrete jungle! Like the dorms, it can be a good way to make new friends as well, but you never really know what will happen. The problems with this though is how clean the other people would be and if their lifestyles would fit well enough into mine to be good room mates. The last thing I really want is the added stress on top of a full course and work load. Although, I do have to say that I put a lot of faith into other people, and I think I’m pretty good at judging what makes a person responsible and trustworthy.

The next one that I can’t shake off neither is remaining at home. I know, I already complained about the feeling of living with the parents, but even so, there are still many pluses that come from it. I’ll start with those positive qualities first. The biggest one is the amount of money I would be saving, its free to live at home, my parents aren’t going to charge me anything while I’m going to school, earning an education and bright future. All the money saved would be great because it would allow me to finally travel some more and cross some of the places I need to explore off my bucket list. So if I do stay at home, its more like Singapore, here I come! The other positive that comes out of living with the parents is that I find I work a lot harder and study ten times more. I think its because my parents are around, just that thing from when you were a kid and your parents would get mad at you for not studying; the last thing I want to do is disappoint my parents! Oh, and I can’t forget my moms cooking on that list too… But there are other cons than just the nagging feeling I get. We actually live 65 km’s from the university so it is quite the trip through the mountains to get there, especially in the winter time. This can be very time consuming and exhausting some days. The other negative that comes out of it is the lack luster social life. Like I said, I live out of town, so its not the easiest to hang out with my friends and have a good time. Not only all that, but I can find my parents to be really annoying at the worst times and they don’t really understand that I don’t like to be disturbed while I’m working on homework or studying. So they can get very frustrating as well.

The last option I have weighing me down is an invite that my sister and her friend gave me. They want me to move in with them to a three bedroom apartment or suite since rent is a little cheaper being split 3 ways rather than just 2. So it would be cheaper than the dorm and cheaper than some of the room mate ads as well. The problems with this is that I don’t really have a relationship with my sisters friend. She’s really nice and all, but she talks way to much… It starts to bother me after a while with the amount that she talks. I’m not sure if its something she would do at home all the time or what, but if she did, it would drive me crazy. I know my sister and her friend are both are very clean though, so that’s a definite plus! Also, I know that I can trust them and they are very hard working students much like myself. The other con with this arrangement though, is it would be the most distracting from my studies even though we are all hard workers. For some reason, whenever I’m with my sister, nothing gets done! We are pretty close to each other and very close in age as well, so we really relate, and end up getting carried away a lot of the time. This leads to a lot of fun times and great memories, but I’m not sure if its the best for my GPA.

 

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” – Walt Disney

 

Tyson Trepidations.

Top 10 Inspiring People In My Life

I figured that one of my first few blog posts should be about the inspirations that I have and had in my lifetime so far.

Here they are, my Top 10 Inspiring People:

10. Jim Carrey

I find Jim Carrey to be an awesome comedian and actor and for some reason a lot of the movies he’s starred in really had an impression on me. I think the biggest reason he makes it on my list of top 10 is because of his type of humor. It much resembles the funny bone that I portray in real life as well, which is a crazy and fairly random approach, that can be quite loud and downright out of the world. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise if I adopted a lot of the stuff I do from him and his acting. Among my favorites would have to be his role in the Pet Detective movies, making them among my favorites of all time. But after following him on Twitter and reading what he has to say about life, I think he’s a really nice and upbeat guy as well that makes me able to look up to him and what he does as a professional. Showing that there’s more than just a funny bone in his body after all.

9. Mike Modano

Yes I know, I’m Canadian, so there has to be a hockey player on here! Even though he is an american, he’s pretty good I guess, especially since he’s the all time highest scoring american in the NHL. But that’s not the only reason why he’s on my top 10 list as number 9 (Yes, its suiting since his jersey number was #9 for the part of his career with Dallas). The reason he’s on my list and one of my most respected hockey players is the way that he approaches the game and has been there since the day I took interest in the game. Maybe its because he has 20 seasons in the game and just plays an old game? I’m not actually too sure. With that said, he’s a very talented hockey player with average stature and build that is a really nice guy on and off the ice. He’s the real deal and what the sport is all about.

8. Lee “Apollo” Adama

Even though he’s not a real person, the character of Apollo has to be an inspiration of mine. Coming from my favorite TV show, Battlestar Galactica (Both the new and old versions), he became an inspiration to me with the way he approached life. He was always trustworthy, being there for his family and friends through all tough bends, and the way he does everything he possibly can to save mankind. Sure, we aren’t running from the Toasters, but the characters dynamic still allows me to connect with Apollo. He always continues to battle and fight for survival no matter how many members of his family and friends parish in the events of the show. He’s a guy that I’d like to take a page out of his book, even if he isn’t a real person.

7. Dick Van Dyke

Even though I’m still fairly young, this guy still has quite the lagacy and is still being watched constantly with his collection of classics such as Marry Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He’s a man with pure and raw talent, but still a humble and very down to earth man, which earns him a lot of respect in my books. He often refers to his rise in fame as luck, but he wouldn’t be lucky if he didn’t have natural born talent already inside of him. For those that know me, they would tell you that I’m quite into the classical musicals, and its Dick Van Dyke (along with Gene Kelly) who made me really appreciate the art to them. I may sound old fashioned, but they really don’t make musicals the same anymore, so the only way to authentically see one is to watch the originals, like Dick Van Dyke.

6. Ash Ketchum

I know, I know, another character instead of a real person, but my original childhood Pokemon hero has to appear on this list. The show was my absolute favorite growing up, along with millions of other children of course too. But it really made way for my imagination, created some of the most fun experiences in my childhood and comes up in conversation fairly frequently still. Ash is a very determined guy and will stop at nothing to achieve what he wants and keep the friends he battled with and for no matter what happens. That’s devotion and makes him a great guy for kids to look up to, and an inspiring way to create a great imagination. There’s nothing I would trade for my childhood memories.

5. Bryan F. Peterson

As one of my interests and hobbies being photography, it is certain that my favorite photographer has show up in the mix somewhere. He has some incredible shots and really wonderful work that is purely world class. But he isn’t just making a living off his work, he also teaches and passes on the skills he’s learned throughout his life with classes online and in real life. I was lucky enough to experience one of his classes where he really does give a lot of one-on-one to make you into a better photographer. On top of that, he’s a really funny and charismatic guy that really knows how interact with people to create a environment that’s easy to learn from.

4. Eric Clapton

As mentioned, another passion of mine is the guitar. Eric Clapton is who I started aspiring when I was learning and I took to myself to get to know many of his songs on the guitar and learn to play them. That’s what made me stick with playing was the challenge of learning the music of one of the greatest guitar players of all times and an incredible musician. The first song I really mastered was “Layla” and that was a pretty proud moment of mine, along with learning the song “Tears In Heaven” that he wrote for his four year old son that sadly parished at such an early age. But somehow Eric Clapton found a way to make a beautiful song out of it…

3. Michael Crichton

Not too many celebrity deaths have impacted me, but when Michael Crichton died in 2008, it actually made me quite sad. I have read all of his books and own almost all of them (but plan to own all in the future). He was always my favorite author and provided me with a lot of reads that kept me up very late at night to find out what would happen next. He was a brilliant man and a brilliant writer who knew exactly how to captivate others with his words and teachings. I also look up to him being a guy that has an M.D. from Harvard, since I’m looking to start medical school in the near future. Also the way that he worked with the government in the aspects of climatology and genetic research was a real accomplishment for society.

2. Bon Jovi

My favorite band has to show up as number two. I saw them twice in concert the last couple times they were in Vancouver, have all their records and have been a fan since my early childhood. I think they really write music that can connect with really anybody, holding a lot of meaning lyrics along with a great beat and melody as well, nothing could go wrong. They also have a great influence in my guitar playing as well with great songs to rock out to and solos to figure out. A lot of their songs touch my life and my heart, so many that they have to appear as number 2.

1. My Parents

Everyone on my list is fairly well known all over the world, except these two. My parents are my biggest inspiration, which is much the same for many people out there. They are always someone I can count on and have taught the most important lessons in life, gave my biggest part of my imagination and formed me into the respectable and nice guy that I am today. For that I thank my parents and they always be number one. Amen.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out” – Walter Winchell

Who Are Your Inspirations?

Tyson Trepidations.