Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What I've Learned

There is a column in Esquire Magazine called "What I've Learned" where a different celebrity pontificates about life's different lessons and their philosophies on living. I love that column so, I've decided from time to time to do a blog post on my random life lessons. This will run like my "Weekend Update" and my "Saturday Seven" posts.

1. There will be people who hate everything you say or do, regardless, just because you're saying it or doing it. Somebody else can do or say the same thing and it will be alright with these people. You can't waste too much time caring about what these people think. They're called "Haters " for a reason.

2. I've always liked to work, regardless of what it is I am doing. I like the idea of having somewhere to go, something to do, and the interaction with other people. Work always keeps me straight. The few times I was unemployed and idle were the times when I'd go and do something stupid.

3. Barack Obama... the idea of him was not even conceivable to my mother's generation and until this year he was not conceivable to my generation either.

4. I try really hard to entertain people on both of my blogs but most of the time, I realize that I'm just entertaining myself.

5. My Mom had this thing about wearing clean underwear. She always said, "You might get in an accident and have to go to the hospital so, you want to have clean underwear on. I would always say, "Mom, if I'm in an accident, what is the first thing you think is gonna get soiled?"

6. I'd meet a girl and say something totally crazy... it would get me over, it would work, and I'd be amazed. When I handed them a practiced line, it never seemed to work so, I realized that whatever crazy thing it was that I said was genuinely me. Genuinely me always seemed to work better and that went a long way to boosting my self-esteem.

7. The best thing about being over 40 is I've become comfortable in my own skin and more accepting and forgiving of myself. At this rate, I'm gonna be something else when I'm an old man!

8. I think the coolest thing in the world is waking up, going to the computer, and just writing. It's when I feel the most alive.

9. Writing has made me appreciate reading more.

10. I was a GDI for two years of my college career. I laughed at guys who were pledging and I said, "Man this is stupid. You'll never see me out there making a fool out of myself." Then, I saw how all of the girls were going for the guys in the frats so, I changed my mind. Then, I said... "If these guys can make it and I'm tougher and smarter than they are, I know I can do it." So, just like that, I wound up pledging a frat and making it. I was always a little arrogant and cocky as a young man, maybe too much for my own good. Just goes to show, you should never say never.

11. When I was in the Air Force, this white guy used to stand outside of the barracks I was living in and play his guitar most of the night. One night I asked him why he was so happy all the damn time and he told me something that made a lot of sense. He said, "Everyday you're above the ground breathing in and breathing out is a day to celebrate, no matter what happened during the day." Great saying. I never forgot it. I live by that to this day.

12. Sometimes in relationships between men and women, we think and analyze too much. As somebody once said, "We've come this far... let's not ruin everything by thinking."


Toni said...

Got up Early this morning so I could be first Keith. You are very
entertaining on both of your blogs..This was a very introspective post. I really liked it.

Angie B. said...

Hey Keith,I think everybody's mom has told them the thing about wearing clean underwear and for the same's just something that's been passed down.

Sunflower said...

Whoever said that you're not entertaining brother? You're very entertaining..not just to yourself ,but to us all...

Halo said...

Awwww,I thought I'd get a real early start today,but you guys beat me again..You're blog stalkers-lolol..

Keith ,I loved this..especially the last one about people over thinking relationships..that was on

Vanessa said...

Tell the haters bye,bye...I loved that first one Keith and yes, all
mothers have told their kids to wear clean underwear..lmao at you.

Jazzy said...

Hey Keith,I guess everybody is having a hard time sleeping this morning...I was in the Air Force too..

Oh yeah,great post. I liked the poem over on "Escapades" too.

James Perkins said...

Humorous List....but a thoughtful one also...As usual, you are very introspective. Great Post..very enlightening.

Tate 2 said...

Very entertaining Post Keith...
My favorite is the first one, what you said about haters..That's so true.

Simon Bastion said...

I loved this's funny, but has so much serious truth to it.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

"We've come this far,let's not ruin everything by thinking"-LMAO @
U Keith- Now that's a playa saying.

Lisa said...

Hey Keith, No.1 & No. 12 were my favorites..You can't worry about what haters think and yes men and women do think and over analyze their relationships too much.

Swaggie said...

Love your blog Keith. I feel the same way about work.

12kyle said...

I try really hard to entertain people on both of my blogs but most of the time, I realize that I'm just entertaining myself.

I agree totally! That sounds just like me!!!

Shanita Waters said...

Cool list... By the way, I am always entertained when I visit your blogs. Sometimes I'm a little "too entertained" over at Escapades. LOL...

Mizrepresent said...

I like this...i sometimes do a I've learned list and i appreciate learning everyday...thanks for sharing Keith!

oh yeah, i had to learn that one about haters the hard way.

Anonymous said...

LOLOLOLO Mami says the EXACT SAME THING about clean underoos... I reply with your reply... every damned time

Anonymous said...

You are very entertaining. I love coming here.

I'm still in awe of Obama being elected. I belive every Mom or Grandmom has said the same thing about clean underwear. My grandma says something similar about keeping a clean house too.

Why did you chose to plege Kappa? The Kappas on my college yards were The Ladies Men.

Keith said...

@Mizrepresent-I learned number one the hard way too!
@12Kyle- Great Minds Think alike!
@Qucifer- Yeah, how about that!
@Southern Gal- The Kappas were the new frat on the yard at the time..We had Ques...but The Kappas were new and plus my cousin was a Kappa, so you know..that's how that went!
@Shanita- Wait til next year,you're really going to be entertained over on "Escapades" and I mean that in a good way.-lolol

@ My underground crew(Toni,Angie B.,Sun,Lisa, Halo, Ness, Tate2, James,Simon,Grover and Jazzy-Thanks
for your continued support of both of my blogs..

@Swaggie- welcome to my blog.

Kofi Bofah said...

Good advice.

I did not know that you were in the Air Force.

And that was an excellent point that your guitar playing buddy made.

The F$%K it List said...

This was as always a great post!

I've learned to pay the haters no mind and t shake it all off.

The guitar mate was right on point, my nana tells us that all the time. If you were able to get up this morning, thank God and smile!


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