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'I have only seen so far because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.' We build off of those before us. I came across this idea a few years ago, it has stuck with me, and it seems like a wonderful sentiment. This is an easily recognizable notion within the science community. The ologists of today are only conducting their level of work because of the sweat of their predecessors. But I believe that this pattern of growth goes much further than a field of study, this idea reaches around the world. Instead of someone having to begin at the absolute starting point, what others have done in the past allows us to do a sort of skip-ahead as they pass us the baton.

As for my personal experience, and how we can all directly relate to this, is by looking at the people who have raised us. My parents have gone through more struggles than I wish they would have had to. But despite that, the best thing they have done is set me and my siblings up with enough for each one of us to get our own things going. Growing up, we moved house numerous times, and as a boy, it was tough the first time I had to switch schools because I never had to say 'farewell for good' to anyone prior. Eventually, I had gone to eight different schools in Stockton, and all around the San Joaquin Valley. Those experiences did something for me, something that now makes me feel very lucky. From a young age, I grew to be very comfortable interacting with all kinds of peoples with naught hesitation, whether they be from different cultures or generations. What may seem like a drag, having to move so many times, actually helped me alot as I entered the adulthood.

Worldwide, the giants whose shoulders I have stood on are all those creative people who have taken it upon themselves to push their crafts to areas previously uncharted. Their pains, gains, and pursuits of unordinarily extraordinary discoveries made the world a better place for all of us, and they deserve thanks.

That is wonderful and all, but it doesn't mean that we get to live off of what others have done and leave it at that. Now we get to go through our very own muggle struggles, we have to be the ones to create the magic. Regarding that, I have an example I want to share with you. The lady J.K. Rowling- society intimately knows the world that she created, but not everyone knows the world that she came from. Some time ago, I researched her background and learned about how her life was wrapped in a darkness, but she had the light of her little girl to keep her going.

I try to understand and appreciate the severity of her circumstance, but I am really glad that I took the time to learn about it. We are very lucky to be able to watch a piece of literary history come to life, it is a story that will exist as long as we do. Things like this help me to realize that even though I always had crummy grades in school, particularly among my writing assignments, I can take it upon myself to practice and become great. I think that I am on the right write track, and I will continue refining my skill as I am fortunate enough to now run this, Column 33.

Nowadays, I always remind myself to remain in the student's seat, but I also have to push myself to venture out and pioneer new lands. Thank you to everyone who spends their time adding positivity to the world, and I know right now is my time too, so I will continue to do the same. I hope that by the time I become a wrinkly old bag of bones, my weathered and decrepit shoulder will have grown to help those after me see further.
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We all have big ideas in our heads, floods of them, and we want to bring them into reality. But there always seems to be something in the way. That's life. Once you find the time, or make it(you should make time), to get to work on those ideas, what will be your starting point? It may seem like an impossible task to build those big dreams and make them into something real if you happen to live in a small place. Imagine a person who is desperately trying to reach millions of people, but the environment that they live in is a mere fraction of that. That exact same situation has been overcame countless times. How can that be done? It's all about perception.

Sometimes I find myself thinking that Stockton is a small city and that there just isn't that much to do, especially considering that we live in a world full of massive metropolises. But when I step back, check numbers, and consider sites, I don't feel that way for long. This population is 300,000. We know how far 300 can go, now multiply that a thousand times and imagine what can be done! Let's keep looking closer. Within this community, there is a centrally-located community college with courses that range across a multitude of interests and areas of study. To mention, it has a very social campus where you can build solid friendships and productive connections. Next, walk around the red bricks of the private university that dates back to the mid-19th century, and while there, think about all the learning and self-exploration that occurred in that same place, before any of us were drawing breath. After that, look at Stockton's inland waterport that has the capability of housing over 1 billion dollars worth of cargo. The San Joaquin River it comes from traces all the way to the Pacific Ocean, which connects us to the rest of the world. Lastly, one of my favorite qualities of this city is that there are numerous venues for all kinds of performances and all types of creative activity you can imagine. All this is within driving distance of other major cities, so don't play a joke and pretend that your big ideas can't bloom from within all of this. You can make it.

Now that you have been reminded of all these avenues and routes that can be utilized and built upon, remember all those ideas that we talked about earlier? Don't let them go to waste. Get on it, at once! And if you are already on top of your's, thank you, keep it up, and stay up. Are you going to take advantage of what is there for you, or let others do all the growing?
Happy New Year everyone! 2017 = SUPER BIG THINGS HAPPENING


Denzel A Jackson
United States


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cemac Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Denz and may 2017 be a wonderful and inspirational year for you.
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ADRIAN9 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
hello my friend! it's been a long while! hope you are doing well and I can see a lot of progress on your work!
I just wanted to share my new comic project with you, hopefully you take a look at it and if you can support me, share it with your friends, or in anyway you can! here is the link! Blood Brothers
icarus-ica Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
:iconflyravenplz:THANK Y:boing:U FOR THE :+fav: ! :fuzzydemon:

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A-Frique Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav!!
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Zhocah Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you for the favs !
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