Sports is an integral part of many people’s lives. There are the professional athletes who make millions, the weekend warriors who play the sport they love, and the fans who mainly watch the pros play. Then there are those who just partake in more non-competitive activities for fun like Parkour and skating around on inexpensive Penny boards, long boards, or skateboards.

Although some think sports is a waste of time, for others, it’s a chance to escape the monotonous of everyday life which includes waking up, going to work, driving home, eating, sleeping, and starting over again the next day. It’s a time for fans to bond with their friends, to take their minds off of reality for a bit and enjoy the excitement and thrill of their favorite team playing.

It’s hard for those who aren’t into sports to really understand how important sports is to the fanatics. For many, sports is life. There’s nothing like being in the stands as your home team comes back from behind to win a game and definitely nothing that beats experiencing your team winning the championship along with tens of thousands of other fans.

Of course, there’s also the disappointment and heart break of seeing your team lose. Sports is an emotional experience, not just a game where you look at points going up on the board.

Some fans get way out of hand and cause riots when their team wins or loses which is a bit ridiculous but crowd think can be a strong force causing people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t act, that and alcohol.

Whether you like sports or not or you think professional athletes get paid too much, sports is here to stay. It’s entertainment and for some, it’s a way to make some money as well.

Playing sports is a great way to get into shape and strengthen your determination. Getting good at a sport takes time and practice and when one makes progress, it can lead to a sense of achievement and accomplishment. This is why you see so many people partake in sports even when there’s no money involved. It’s the competition and being better than you used to be that drives a lot of people to become better not only at sports, but at life in general.

So the next time you see some kids cruising around on their Penny boards or doing tricks with their skateboards, just let them be. It’s a whole lot better than staring at their phones all day long.

Fashion, some people understand and embrace while others have no clue what’s going on. I guess I’m somewhere in between.

I get that as individuals, we want to be heard, to have the freedom to express ourselves. I also get that we also have the need to fit in, to be accepted. With fashion, we can express our individuality while not being a total outcast by the clothes we wear.

Here’s where most people might get a bit lost, fashion shows. You know what I’m referring to, runway models strutting down the catwalk in ridiculous looking outfits that you never actually see anyone wear in any other setting. It sort of makes the whole idea of fashion laughable.

Understand that fashion, for many, is like art. It’s a way to release their creativity and to try out new things. In fact, if you were to design clothes for the runway and only stuck to what was acceptable, your designs might be seen as boring. Of course, going too far the other way might cause people to cringe at the first sight of the poor models who have no choice but to wear the out-of-the-box designs, like people who still use those old but cool Polaroid cameras, although, they’re actually quite useful.

For most people, these shows are meaningless because they don’t look at those shows to know what to wear, instead, they look at their peers, role models, and celebrities. Much of how trends start is from celebrities.

Speaking of trends, if you’ve looked into fashion, you’ll know that much of it is cyclical. A lot of what’s “in” today was in 10-20 years ago. What’s in today will probably be “out” within a few years or even months only to return some time in the future. Whether it’s a pair of Ugg boots, aviators, a 5 panel hat, distressed jeans (yes, people pay for pre-ripped, worn looking jeans), bracelets, or anything else that is in style right now, sooner or later, it will be replaced by something else. If it’s more than just a mere fad, it’ll make its return.

Now, some people don’t care for fashion and show it by wearing whatever makes them feel comfortable. For others, it’s about looking good. From fit to color coordination, the outfits they wear have been thought out.

Some nice chinos and a casual button down shirt looks a lot better than sweats and a baggy t-shirt but when it comes down to it, it’s just clothes and if you don’t have anyone to impress or you just don’t care what other people think, then be free and wear whatever you want.

However, if you want to impress or just feel good about yourself, look into fashion and try out some new styles. Dump the crazy ones and stick with ones you like.

Seriously, it doesn’t take all that much to look good. You just need to know some basics and the most basic rule when it comes to fashion is to wear clothes that fit you. For some, this may mean going to a tailor while for others, it may mean going down a size or finding brands of clothes that make slimmer fitting clothes.

In the end, it’s not really about what you wear, it’s about how you feel. If you’ve been wearing those sweats and baggy tee all these years and feel good about it, continue doing what you’re doing. However, just for fun, try dressing better for a week just to see if you don’t feel even better about yourself. It could be a big eye opener.

I would like to think that I’m a disciplined person but that’s only true some of the time. Much of the time, I’m a magnet for distractions.

My mind can be determined to do one thing but easily get sidetracked and end up doing something entirely different. This could be a curse or a blessing depending on how I look at it.

On the one hand, I don’t get the things I want to get done. That’s not good. But on the other hand, my distractions usually manifests itself in forms of thoughts, daydreaming if you will.

It’s during these dreamy moments that thoughts I’ve never had before appear. Most are pointless and uninspiring but some can lead to a new perspective on life.

Getting distracted is quite easy for me, especially when what I’m supposed to be doing is boring and mundane. I would like to think most people are the same way but I really have no way of knowing unless I go and ask but before I can do something like that, my mind is off thinking about something else.

Sometimes, I get in a zone. Pure focus. Things get done, things on the to-do list gets checked off, life moves forward as planned.

Other times, I get distracted and end up having a bad day. But hey, no matter how bad, there’s always something good like what this quote says:

In a world where technology is constantly advancing, more and more gadgets gets introduced and embedded into everyday life. From social media to games, the amount of potentially distracting things are getting quite high.

I don’t even remember the last time I was out and didn’t see at least a handful of people staring down at their cellphones. I’m sure some are doing something productive but I know many aren’t.

Being surrounded by lots of external stimulus all the time can seem to make one become easily unfocused. Just writing this blog post is started to make my mind wonder and since I’m started to not make much sense, I think it’s a good time to stop.