A Letter To My Younger Self


It’s crazy how my life has changed since I was 10 years old. My nickname at age 10 was Tank. It started because of my ability on the football field. I had a saying then that: “YOU EITHER ROLL WITH ME OR I ROLL OVER YOU!!” As I sit here and ponder, it is time I wrote the little me a letter to let him know what is ahead of him in life. Little Joe Simmons needs to know what to expect in his future.

What’s up little man? I bet you didn’t expect to be hearing from me right about now. Next year is going to be big for you. You will be eleven years old and headed to middle school. You are going to get a couple of girls to remain nameless to start sweating your swag. One will even stick her tongue in your mouth when she kisses you, but don’t worry my friend its natural. She will be doing a lot more with her tongue when you guys hook back up in high school. Continue reading “A Letter To My Younger Self”

Turning The Page To The Next Chapter


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Everyone’s life is a novel of highs and lows. Where your book reaches the climax is ultimately up to you. Sometimes we think we are at our highest and something or someone comes along and pushes us to uncharted territory. How we get there is a mute point. Getting there is really all that matters.

Life has a funny way of showing us that our destiny may be within reach but we have to make sure we can pave the road to achieve the highest levels of success. Sometimes drifting off the beaten path teaches us lessons that make life a little easier when we get back on the road to success.  Continue reading “Turning The Page To The Next Chapter”

Taking Steps But Holding Perspective


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A long time ago man was faced with the conundrum of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Man had to find a formula that allowed them all to correlate and still survive what the world and universe had in store for him.

Things get thrown at us all the time that warrant a reaction. Whether that reaction is good, bad, or just necessary is a large part of what defines us as human beings. In some cases the actions may save a life, and in others it may cost us one. In some cases the actions may cost us our freedom or increase the possibilities of our freedom. The common denominator in all of this madness and decision making is pursuit of happiness.  Continue reading “Taking Steps But Holding Perspective”

Memorial Weekend Hybernation

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The Memorial Day Weekend started with a bang. Who doesn’t like a three day weekend? Aspiring to do things that you wouldn’t normally get to do because you have an extra day to account for free activity is a must. This weekend is big because it marks the beginning of golf season which everyone knows is my passion. It also marks the official opening of swimming pools across the United States. Both are win situations because one brings me solitude and peace while the other brings me visual pleasure.

This year Memorial Day got off to great start. Friday I spent time chopping it up on the cell phone and then when my work day was over I got the car washed and hit the road. Had to arrive at a decent time because Saturday morning was golf. Continue reading “Memorial Weekend Hybernation”

The Social Media Conundrum


Social media was developed with the idea of keeping people engaged. It connects people from all walks of life and allows them the opportunity to share their interests as well as learn from what others are doing to empower themselves. Several people have made a living from their exploits on social media. Social media has offered plenty of opportunities to myself and people that I know. Jobs from blogging, sports commentary, to talk shows have been granted as a result of peoples exploits on social media. Continue reading “The Social Media Conundrum”

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of …


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Day after day we take calculated risks to assess our importance but also to legitimize the angst of our daily hustle. We work countless hours looking to build in a system that is designed to hold us down. The vicious cycle of life will humble you every opportunity that presents itself if you aren’t readily equipped with the instruments to defend yourself properly.

The system is flawed because in order to get a good job, you need a good education. The problem is that a good education costs money that you don’t have. That creates a vicious cycle that has people feeling like they are under a rock. The pressure of borrowing money takes a toll but it is a necessary evil to begin the process of your dream. After borrowing the money, the pressure to perform at a high level in school is real.  Continue reading “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of …”

Dream Chasers


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Too many times in life we take the road that’s the easiest. Too many times in life we find ourselves glazing at the obvious because it’s comfortable. Why do we accept it when we should be able to risk it all? Why do we allow ourselves to relish on mediocrity instead of pursuing our dreams?

Life comes at you fast and before you know it, you’re a 42 year old person with only a marginal amount of items on your bucket list crossed off. You had dreams of being wealthy or at least being your own employer but yet you still work for the man and you can’t find the time to get anything you want to get off the ground rolling because you have so much on your plate.  Continue reading “Dream Chasers”