Is it Friday Yet?

Our new puppy, Otis, whines in his crate at ungodly hours of the night. He obviously just wants to be cuddled next to me in bed.

But no.

Brian, aka "Crate Nazi," won't allow it.

Due to sleep deprivation and chronic exhaustion, my brain isn't functioning properly. So today I'm gonna make it easy on myself and just answer a few questions for you in this blog post.

According to some philosophical people, the following 50 questions are supposed to free my mind.

50 Questions that will Free Your Mind

I'll be answering 5 questions at a time, once per week.

I guess I am ten weeks away from freeing my mind.


1. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?

If I didn't know how old I was, I'd think I was in my early thirties.

I'll say thirty-one to be precise.

Most of the friends I hang out with are in their thirties, and I definitely don't feel like I'm any younger than they are, even though I like to give them a hard time about their age! I'm pretty established in my job and my relationship at this point. I fall asleep at 9pm most nights, after I've spent an hour reading a book in bed.

Ok, so maybe I'd be more like fifty-one!

I definitely feel like my lifestyle has completely changed in the past two years, and I now feel older than my actual age. Midnight is now "late," three beers are "a  lot," and decorating the patio is embarrassingly exciting.

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Never trying is worse than failing.

I failed at getting into dental school, and I can live with that.

I was disappointed in myself for never following through with my Biology degree at Elon and then going to dental school. That's why I made the decision to go back as a post-grad student for two years, because I couldn't live with the constant "what if...."

Successfully passing Chemisty, Chem II, Organic Chemistry, Organic II, Human Anatomy, and Physics at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of my biggest accomplishments, even though I was not accepted into their dental school program.

I spent all of my years at Elon in fear of getting a "B" and I graduated with an awesome GPA; however, it was much more rewarding to take a Physics course and receive a mediocre (but passing!) grade.

Physics kicked my ass.

And in the end, when it comes to dental school, at least I can say I tried!

3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do?

To answer this question, I will use real-life examples.

I don't like to do laundry, but I like to wear clean clothes. I can't afford to buy brand new outfits everyday, so I have to do laundry.

Most of the things I like, whether it be an item or an activity, require money. In order to do or have the things that I like, I need to work; therefore, I don't have as much time to do the things that I like.

(I don't know about you, but I feel like I just dominated that question).

4. When it's all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?

The Crate Nazi once told me that I talk a lot.

From a man who averages approximately ten words a day, he needs to define "a lot."

5. What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?

If I could change one thing about the world, it would be that humans would not have to rely on faith. Everyone would just know the answers to all of life's great mysteries. I think that would end disputes over religion, morals, and the meaning of life.

It's a shame I can't make that happen, so for now I'll just have faith and believe.