Feed Your Head: Inside the Mind of Pete

Pete says: 

So what is it? What are we doing? Where are we going? We've all got so many questions and no many answers in sight. At least not the ones we want to hear. 

Over the years life’s little curve balls can take their toll that's for sure. The defining decisions you'll have to face that can make or break you. The passion and desire that motivates and drives can sometimes feel like a burden and be discouraging. Do you always push for more or occasionally settle for what is given to you? It’s easy to end up in that grey area and feel no solution in sight. The question is how to get out of it. All of our ideas will differ. Things that seem so close can still be so far from your grasp and yet something else is right in front of you and you'll pass right by it. Most would probably think watching life pass you by is a waste. Go out and grab it, take what's yours. Live every day like it’s your last. We've all heard the clichés, but do we all have that inner strength to live with such drive day after day? When do you know enough is enough and it’s time to move on?

Just some of life's random thoughts and questions that rattle around in my head. 

Simply The Best...Better Than All The Rest

Aaron says:

One thing I've learned in my days on this Earth is that you should never take what you think you know for granted. We all have our talents and aptitudes, but thinking you don’t have to exercise them can leave you short of your full potential. For instance, I've been playing guitar for quite some time, and although I don’t consider myself any sort of virtuoso, I can hold a tune, write a riff, and throw lead down when the time comes. I've been playing with Chaser Eight now for over a year now and have been willingly challenged by the caliber of its creators. Throughout that time, I learned all the songs that I need to know in order to play with the band. Pat and *AUDRA* are great. They write the complete songs then bring them to the rest of the band with all the parts lined up. They also allow some creative input on the individual parts, but for the most part they already have it worked out. We typically practice as a group at least twice a week and a few of us get together for some other smaller creative sessions. It's great to be surrounded by talented and creative musicians. There are certain challenges and standards that need to be considered, but all in all its a rewarding experience. 

Now, getting back to the what you think you know part. I know our songs, I know my parts and we practice all the relative material pretty much every week. We all have our moments and have bad days, but when you want to be at your highest potential, you need to make those bad days good and those wavering moments sparse. Sure, I practice on my own, but when it's go time and I don’t feel I played my best or I didn't live up to my highest potential, I need to practice more. I want to be the best I can be and a little more than that even. I know not to take any of my skill for granted, but it happens. Then there are the moments that remind me and that's when I buckle down and forge on. 

Now that's just one example of not taking things for granted, but it also should encompass all that we do. Another for instance, my day job. For all that don’t know, I am a professional commercial truck driver (yeah the big rigs). I've been doing that for many years as well. Now not to make any of the two topics seem more important than the other, but if I take my driving skills for granted then "Oops, sorry, you're dead." 80,000 lbs of death can happen in an instance. Like I said before, taking these skill for granted can leave you short of your full potential. And I'm sure most of you don’t want me running you down. So in that regard I'm always alert and ready to realize and use the skills I've attained to be the best at what I can do. There are little reminders all over our lives that can realign us to remember that we can always do better. We can and should, always be thankful and aware of our potential. And try our best to live it to the highest levels. So live it up. Keep on trying to find that higher ground. And no matter how good you think you are at something and how much you know. Please don’t take it for granted. We can always get better.

It's The Time Of The Season...

Pete says:

Well there you have it folks, summer is over. It’s now time for the cool nights and warm days of autumn. Maybe enjoying a long ride into upstate New York checking out the foliage and stopping for a bite. Possibly some fall golf (and you better keep it out of the rough)! Then again maybe enjoying some music and arts festivals around the state. Or my personal favorite, a long ride on my motorcycle. 

Although summer is great, fall seems to have those ideal temperatures, at least for me. Seasonal change can be more than weather; it can be time for personal change and reflection. It can be time to look back at what you've done; your accomplishments, the fun you've had, the people you've met, and the places you've been. Maybe more importantly than that, it may be time to set some goals, make some changes, and take hold of your destiny. Some people have a five year plan or ten year plan. I’ll stick with a three month, six month, and one year plan. Let’s see how those work out first. I won’t bore you with my list of goals, but we should all have them whether personal, professional, or otherwise.

It’s easy to fall off track when you’re trying to reach these goals to, so having people that can help keep you focused can be the most important element of the goals you set. On occasion the "help" from others may seem harsh or just not so nice, but were all adults here and there is no reason for little kid gloves, right?

Seasonal change is going to be my new self-evaluation time. See where I’m at, what I’m doing, and what adjustments I need to make. I’ve recently had some dear friends suggest some changes that I may have been a little put off by, but after careful evaluation, it’s just what the doctor ordered. Although my 100% may never be others 100% due to many factors including completely different lifestyles, they push to only improve and succeed. 

Maybe I’ve gone off course a little here, but what I’m saying is for me there’s a new rule: When the seasons change, so will I! If it means when things aren't looking up for you that it takes true friends to pick you up and push you in the direction you need to go then that's how it works. Ok, I’m all over the place with this one, but that's just the way it is! Hope you got something from it!