3 Ways Captain Marvel Taught me About Life

Marvel blessed the world with three movies last year, one of which was Captain Marvel. Some loved it, others – not so much. Either way, there are a few great pieces of advice found in the action and dialogue of this great movie. (If you didn’t guess already, I’m one of the ones who loved this movie.)

1 – Use your strengths regardless of what others say.

Those unique quirks are yours, and you deserve to put them to good use. Don’t let your team captain make you feel bad for using powers. If you have something special (which we all do), use it.

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2 – Not everyone is who they say they are.

Maybe we don’t have real life shape shifting Skrulls running around pretending to be grandmas and agents, but we do still have to deal with false people. Unfortunately, it’s common to come across someone appearing to be someone he/she isn’t. Not everyone is a good, trustworthy confidant.

That being said, honest people do exist. We just have to be genuine and sift through the fake-ness.

3 – We all have a choice.

When Carol learns her life for the past few years has been a lie, she makes the choice to help those truly in need. She could have made any number of other decisions, but it was her choice.

If something doesn’t feel right – make a choice and change it. We all have that incredible power.

On a less serious note – I also re-learned (what I already knew) not to mess with cats. (Or Flerkens?)

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Use your strengths, watch out for those pretending to be someone else, and know that we always have a choice.

Learn from everything. Have a good day 😬

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This is How the 3 Power Ranger Rules are Life

In the first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Zordon lists the three rules of Power Rangers that he says all given the power must follow.

These are rules created for a fictional set of power enhanced humans, however, the rules do have value for all of us in the real world as well.

Here’s what can be learned about life from the three rules for rangers:

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Rule #1 – Never use your power for personal gain.

This applies to anything in life. If you have power over someone or something, use it for good. Don’t exploit people and situations in order to gain more for yourself.

If you have more money, more skill, more emotional power than others in your life – use it for good. We are lucky to have our unique strengths and therefore we should use them to make the world a better place.

Rule #2 – Never escalate a battle unless Rita forces you.

Rita is the villain and represents all the stressors of life. Don’t make situations worse than they have to be. Keep your emotions in check and the scenario will play out more smoothly.

Some people like drama and love to throw fire on the flames in a fight. This only ends in creating more damage for everyone in the aftermath – emotionally and physically.

Stay calm and let things go. Don’t make an effort to make arguments worse. Take care of the issue at hand and move on.

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Rule #3 – Keep your identity secret. No one may know you are a power ranger.

Do good for the sake of doing good things. Be a hero for the sake of saving others. Too often we’re only interested in glory and recognition.

When fame and pride are the goal, it undermines the heroic actions and leads one to only do what’s right when others are watching.

Anonymous good deeds won’t get you followers on social media, but it will make the world a better, safer, and kinder place.

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So that’s how the three rules for power rangers can be used in the real world. Basically, use your skills for good, don’t instigate more fighting, and be heroic even if no one is around to witness it.

On another note, I learned that there’s always a catch. A giant floating head with a robot sidekick won’t give out power without setting some ground rules. Which, I suppose, isn’t such a bad thing.

Thanks for reading this post. Go out and use your power for good.

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3 Lessons from being Chased by a Goose

It was a nice, sunny, breezy day and I held my 18 month old niece as we walked the nature trail. We saw many birds and turtles along the way. In one area, we saw a couple of geese hanging out. Geese are beautiful and pretty large. I inched closer to get a better look.

My motto has always been “curiosity > caution.” The goose closest to me began to make a noise that sounded oddly similar to a cat hissing. The next thing I knew, the big bird began to charge and I ran from it holding my niece tightly.

What did I learn about life?

1 – Respect others’ area.

Personal space is serious. Respect the area that others call their own. We all need a private place to eat, sleep, and hangout where outsiders aren’t always welcome.

2 – Heed the warning signs.

If there’s ever any indication to turn around and move on – take it seriously. Don’t push the limits until someone gets hurt. If a giant bird hisses at you – turn around. Quit messing with it.

3 – Expect some repercussions when taking chances.

If you invade personal space and ignore warning signs due to undying curiosity- be prepared for some repercussions. Exploration is great – you just have to know that there might be some backlash if you go too far.

On a lesson serious note…but also seriously – don’t mess with geese. They don’t play around.

Have a great day and if you see a goose out and about – don’t try to be his friend. He might attack you.

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3 Lessons from Day of the Dumpster

In 1993, a kids’ television show called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was released. It featured an evil witch attacking the earth while a group of teenagers fought to protect our world.

Power Rangers might be cheesy and for children, but there’s some good stuff deep down in the dialogue and symbolism. Please bear with me and check out what I learned about life from the very first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Day of the Dumpster (S1E1):

1 – Bullies are idiots.

Bulk and Skull enter the juice bar early on in the episode with clumsy music playing in the background. They pick on people, they’re obnoxious, and they’re…idiots.

This paints a great picture of how we should view bullies. They aren’t big and strong, they aren’t admirable, they’re just greasy antagonizers who try to make others feel bad about themselves.

2 – Crazy claims mean nothing without proof.

Zordon explains to the teenagers that they’ll have power and zords to control when they morph. The kids don’t believe Zordon and they leave.

Quickly, they’re attacked and they decide to test the morphers. It worked out well for the rangers and that power Zordon mentioned, turned out to be very real.

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My point here is, we should all be skeptical of the crazy claims out there. Some of the ads and products we are sold are ridiculous. Let’s be wise and search for actual proof before we buy into an insane idea. And I mean REAL proof – like you have lived this and tested it yourself, just like the rangers did with their morphers.

3 – Unlikely friendships might lead to a great team.

The five teenagers chosen to become rangers are all different. They are a diverse group with a variety of personality traits. A team should have a dynamic set of skills among its members and this ranger team is an effective example.

Zordon matches each ranger with an ancient creature according to his/her unique style:

Add them all together and we have ourselves a pretty awesome and well-rounded hero.

The first episode of this long-running kid show taught me that bullies are idiots, get proof before you believe something wild, and that different skillsets build powerful teams.

On a less serious note, I learned that if you find a 10,000 year old well on a distant planet – don’t open it. That should be obvious.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a nice day on a planet not under attack by a space witch and her docile minions.

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3 Hard Lessons from Never Getting Closure

Closure, when referring to relationships, is bringing the connection to a close. It’s the conclusion to feelings, memories, and time spent together. Maybe feelings go on and memories pop into the head for months after the closing, but closure means peace has come to the mind and soul at the ending of the relationship.

So, with that being said, what happens when a person doesn’t get closure? What happens when the story lives on without a conclusion or resolution? I’m sure it’s a different experience for everyone, but here’s what I learned from never getting comforting closure:

1 – Sometimes you just have to move on.

We want closure to everything and we HATE not getting it. We dwell and dream of how great it would be to have a final talk to put everything out on the table. And sometimes, we get that. But other times, we don’t. Things can take a nasty turn and end abruptly without anyone getting to release caged up emotions.

The life lesson to be learned is that even though it sucks and painfully rips into the sensitive heart – it’s time to move on. Dwelling to hope of closure is extremely damaging. Yes, closure helps in the moving on process, but it’s not one hundred percent necessary. We can all move on just fine without it.

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It might take a little bit longer and a lot of soul searching, but accept that closure isn’t coming and get started on the liberating journey of moving on.

2 – Writing letters without sending them might seem weird and cliche, but it can actually let out some of the tension leftover from an ended relationship.

Write it down and let it out. Tell that person what he/she meant and the feelings surrounding the relationship. Talk about everything. Write twenty pages if it feels necessary.

When the letter is completed and everything is down on paper, seal it up. Let it sit for a couple of days and then shred it pieces. Burn it, if you want to be intense. Either way, let it out, destroy it, and then move on.

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3 – Get Help.

Moving on is one of the most difficult tasks on the soul. Get professional help because it can really aid in the process, and there might be more going on inside.

On a less serious note, I learned that any person who would treat me that way is absolutely horrible anyway. That was a terrible person I’m lucky to be free of.

So without closure – sometimes it’s best to just move on and writing letters can be cathartic. That’s what I learned.

Have a great day and move on from anything holding you back.

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Three Lessons from Walking My Dogs

People walk their dogs everyday, all over the globe. What could a person possibly learn from this experience? Here are three life lessons I derived from this two mile trek with my pups:

1 – It’s not about the speed or distance, it’s about the journey.

Do you know how annoying it is to have your walking buddies literally stop, sniff, and urinate every twenty feet? But you know what? They actually have the right idea. Humans like to rush through life. We could all benefit from slowing down a bit and smelling the roses. Even if it makes the trip twice as long, it makes the experience more enlightening.

2 – Ignore any others watching from the sidelines trying to distract from the goal.

Neighboring dogs throw major hissy/barking fits when I walk by with my pups. My pups couldn’t care less. They ignore the distractions and keep strutting along.

How empowering would it be if, instead of letting others bring us down, we just keep trekking as if those downers are just barks in the wind? They are only angry because they aren’t walking with us.

Strive to keep doing your thing and ignore those who refuse to venture out.

3 – Home is where we can rest.

That big white rusty house is a sight for sore eyes after dodging wildlife and dusty traffic. We made it home! And that means…water, rest, and time for treats.

Rest is important. We worked hard and we deserve to relax. Make your home a place of kicking back and being proud of the hard effort put into the day.

On a less serious note…I also learned that my dog will absolutely not get out of the road for a coming car. It’s his world, we humans are all just living in it.

A simple dog walk = focus on the journey, not the destination; ignore the haters; and rest.

Have a great day…go out and learn.

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A Life Lesson from a One Year Old

At one year, babies are on the move and trying to see as much of the world as possible before a bottle is shoved in their mouths and sleep inevitably takes over. Oh, and literally ANYTHING in sight is destined to enter the slobbery mouth. So what’s to be learned from a tiny human discovering new sights, smells, and senses every second?

Put off sleep until as much exploration as possible takes place.

Sleep is for the weak – according to one year olds. In this case, ‘sleep’ acts as a metaphor for ‘responsibilities.’ Adults usually have to be…adults, and we put off fun time because there are mundane tasks still undone.

Take a lesson from babies and say, “Nope. Not today. I’m busy exploring.” Adults need fun, too. Sometimes it’s actually more productive to say, “I’ll just do that laundry tomorrow. Today, I’m playing in the mud.”

On a less serious note…I also learned that apparently having your diaper changed is a traumatic event. Who knew?

Make time for fun. Those dishes and bills will still be there tomorrow after we ‘adults’ let off some steam and act like a one year old for a moment.

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