I am a firm believer that if you want to be something in your life (doctor, chef, actor, writer, etc.) you should surround yourself with people who actually do what you want to do. I know it is easier said than done, but I believe it. Some of those things require college degrees and cerifications but by going to school for a specific career, by default, surrounds you with people of the same wants.
Once you are in the evironment of your path of choosing you can look at what you consider the best of people and try to emulate them or you can look at what you consider the worst and try to avoid being like them. Also, once you are in the environment, and surrounded by the best, opportunities to learn, get a job, find a mentor etc. , present themselves. If you had not been surrounded by the right people those opportunities most likely would not exist.
I think the same way when it comes to relationships. I know people that crave and want stable committed relationships but surround themselves in other peoples negative dramas that they can only take away negative vibes. Those negative vibes stick with them when they are dealing with their own relationships.
There is a positive and inspiring energy that comes from groups of people who share the same wants and desires. Don't believe me? Take a look at any political rally. Watch a sporting event.
Sometimes this energy can produce bad effects such as cults, terrorists, organized crime and the like, but when it comes to the simple pursuit of happiness of a carreer or relationship or hobby I always say, "Surround yourself with the best. There is nothing wrong with being the dumbest guy in a room full of geniuses."
I started Poop and Boogies, the blog, three years ago. At first it was a way to keep my family and friends, 1000 miles away, informed about my (Lauren and Maxfield's too) life in the Sunshine state.
Since that time P & B has kind of taken on a life of it's own. A large reason for that is the people of the Blogosphere and their comments that they leave here. I never realized that I would feel connected to people whom (or maybe it is who, I am sure Cat can tell me) I have never met.
From those comments I have clicked and clicked and clicked. I have found blogs that I like. I have found blogs that are not really my taste but are great. I have found blogs that are entertaining and humorous. I have found blogs that are sad but inspiring.
But I really feel lucky to have the comments. Thank you. I would like to say a special thank you to Anonymous Kevin and RZ Dreams who do not have their own blogs but have commenting for a very long time.
I know there are lurkers out there that read and do not comment and I am very thankful for them as well. Thank you.
But comments lead to other great blogs and by accident I find myself surrounded by great people.
One of the most fascinating things, to me, about the internet is the ability to "surround" yourself with the best by just sitting at your computer.
Here are some blogs that I consider the best ( I stress "some" because each week my "best" changes). They inspire me, entertain me and give off postive vibes.
Rude Cactus , What Was I Thinking, Klog, DWM, Truths and Half Truths, GreebleMonkey,
I'm No Belle, Eclectic, Bossy, My Circus Life, Doc Ern, Bogart , Nothing But Bonfires,
Oh The Joys, Creative Type Dad, Gigglepotamus (she's hot)