Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"There is no such thing as failure when you try at something you love."

After weeks of anticipation and countless, "When are the shirts coming in?" they have finally arrived!!!! I wheeled three giant boxes back to my classroom right before 6th period and opened them all up. With them help of three students who had finished their work early, we folded, sorted, labeled, stacked and packaged 150 shirts in just one class. SO MUCH HYPE!

Several girls came to get their shirts before they went home for the day and we delivered four to teachers in the building. Then we entered the next phase of the FBC delivery. I had a pile of 25 shirts to drop off all over Fishers for girls that either go to different Junior Highs or are now in HS. My last stop was at the post office to send off 21 more shirts in the mail to FBC friends that scatter the midwest. It's an FBC nation. 

Once my friends got their shirts out of their mailboxes they started sending me pictures. We think this FBC shirt might be our favorite one yet. 


"I will forever thank FBC."

 "I'm legit obsessed. It's so cute and the color is my favorite."

"I LOVE IT. Can't wait to wear it to school tomorrow."

 God bless America and the FBC. Red, white and bracelets.

Sometimes I search the young life hashtag on Instagram to look at other YL areas and see if I find anything interesting. It was while scrolling that I discovered Camp Out and Keep Exploring last Spring. Today I found someone new who is pretty extraordinary.

BC Serna (@bc_serna) is a 26-year-old story teller, activist, film maker, youth speaker, world traveler and young life leader from Colorado. Just look at a few pictures on his Instagram feed and you can't help but smile. Watch some of his videos on You Tube and you will be itching to go across the world or across town to do some good. (Check out this one, this one or this one.)

Not only does he have awesome pictures and videos, but his writing is phenomenal too.

"So I always ask the question, "What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life." You do that. Forget the money because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in or order to go on living, this is to go on doing things you don't like doing. Which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way."

"Life a life that demands explanation. Love so radically it confuses people, give so graciously others think you're rich, shine so bright you make darkness curious and hold nothing back from your possibilities of perfection. For when your life flashes before your eyes, all you're gonna wish is that you loved harder, listened and learned more, gave as much time, money and energy as you could to something greater than yourself and left this world with nothing but what you shared with it. Living a Giving Life isn't logical to us or anyone else but to help, love and give to someone or something that can never repay you is life's biggest mystery. The ripple effect is astronomical and the reason Love is still around today."

"We've all probably heard the term 'devil's advocate'--someone who tells you everything that can go wrong with your idea or choice, which of course has it's place and value. But I'm curious on how we can get more 'Angel's Advocates' involved in our world and lives. An Angel's Advocate would be someone who tells you everything marvelous and amazing that can go right with your idea or decision, someone to pour gas on that fire in your heart and passion. Become bold with your audacious and passionate support for your friends and family that want to do something against the cultural norm or not the most logical decision. We have enough people around our culture putting out our passionate fires and ideas telling us all the possible bad outcomes, let's begin to dream with one another and be someone's Angel Advocate, for the fire is there for a reason. There is no such thing as failure when you try at something you love, you fail when you don't try anything at all."

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