Inspiration Series Part 5: Lindsey Stirling

I’ve already shown how I draw inspiration from fierce predators, courageous characters in stories, and real life strong lifters. I’ve also talked shown, in detail, why I am inspired by certain music. But for Part 5 of my Inspiration series, I shall talk about a different person entirely. This person doesn’t lift weights (that I know of). This person doesn’t go around shooting bad guys in an expensive piece of super armor. This person isn’t even a guy! But, she does make music. I introduce you to Lindsey Stirling:   She inspires me two ways, with her story and her music. And I will talk about them in that order as well. Lindsey Stirling has had several challenges. She once battled anorexia and when she did have her first big public appearance, she was told that her music sounded like “a bunch of rats being strangled”. Over the past several years, she has had an amazing turn around. She now has toured both the US and Europe, with sold out concerts. She has more views on Youtube than many Pop artists, and still retains the freedom of being unsigned. There is much more to her story, but I gave you a brief summary. The part about Lindsey’s story that inspires me the most is her determination in doing what she enjoys, and learning to act the way she believes she really wants to. Too many people these days are discouraged by being told to do something other than what they … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Surviving

We are highly focused on surviving. Google the term “how to survive” and there will be hundreds of millions of results. I did it and received 337 million. Evidently, it is a very big topic. A very common mindset. The problem with that mindset is it never ends. At what point to you stop trying to survive, and actually enjoy your life? Let’s take a look at the average American consumer. He works a 9-5 job, makes payments on his house (or apartment) and car. He may or may not be still trying to pay off student loans from college. He wakes up each morning not wanting to go to work. He stumbles out of bed, needs coffee to finish waking him up, and begins the dreadful drive to work. Why does he do all this? To survive. After all, he “needed” the job to pay off the debt on the car and house he “needed”. He “needs” to go to a normal job to make a steady pay check. He also “needed” to go to college so he could get an education that could provide him that steady paycheck. Eventually, this somebody will pay off his debt, move up enough in life, and be “free” to enjoy his life and retire. Right? The problem is, everyone is doing that. Everyone is following the rules. That means there is competition. Competition from thousands of other zombies who are just trying to survive. Go to work, do what you’re told, follow … Continue reading

Greeks and Spartans

You are aware that all Spartans were Greeks, right? But not all Greeks were Spartans. Whenever you hear the word “Greek” you probably think about vase paintings, or cool stories about gods and monsters, or music, or Olympic games, or art and fancy stuff in general. When you hear the word “Spartan”, none of that comes to mind. The reason for this is the Spartans made an effort to separate themselves from the rest of the world in the way they lived. They may have been surrounded by other Greeks, but they were far, far different. That is why when referring to non-Spartan Greeks, we say “the Greeks”. We we refer to all Greeks, we must say “Greeks and Spartans”. Why do I even bring this up? This blog is called Spartan Living. We should separate ourselves in a similar way. We me live in a world filled with normal people, they may be our friends and family, but we should live, act, and be so different that we are not associated with everyone else as equals, like the Spartans. The Spartans were almost a different world, a completely different culture. Each one of us has the choice to be different then everyone else. We each have a choice to be a “Spartan” in a world of “Greeks”. When a stranger sees you, make it impossible for them to associate you with normal people. Stand out. Standing out that much can take awhile, and it can hurt. At first you … Continue reading