After 32 years, the Force is awakened!!

After 32 years, the Force is awakened!  WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nearly upon us...

32 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi hit the big screen, movie lovers, geeks, fanboys/girls, and whatever other names you want to give us; can finally rejoice with the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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My Dad Had Swag Before Swag Was Swag

So as many people know, Adidas released their Superstar Supercolor pack yesterday - March 27, 2015.  I've been actually excited about this because my ONLY intent was to possess an orange pair just to continue my love and support for my Alma Mater, Syracuse University.

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The reason behind the GWaLLeeZy

There has always been a method for my madness, in virtually everything I do.  So why "waste" my time sketching up a sneaker design?  Sneakers are items that are not synonymous with my character.  I may be misunderstood, disliked, or disapproved of because of my popular cultural differences.  However, there is a very grounded reason.

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Trendy vs Original

Happy 2015 folks!  I've finally decided to add a blog section to my site to communicate anything and everything that comes to mind.  Today, I feel it's necessary to address something that everyone should assess for themselves.  Who are you?  I'm not asking you to think about a general life synopsis, but more to think about what makes you tick.

Ever since I can remember, I've never really "fit in."  Being the cool kid was not a reality, but really was never a concern of mine.  From my style of dress, music I listened to, likes and dislikes; they never really came across as "cool." 

My birthday party, two days before my 9th birthday.  Flipped brim bicycle hat, cheap mirrored sunglasses resting on the brim, and a poorly silk-screened over sized t-shirt. (Not pictured: purple and green shorts that were about 4 inches above my knees.)

My birthday party, two days before my 9th birthday.  Flipped brim bicycle hat, cheap mirrored sunglasses resting on the brim, and a poorly silk-screened over sized t-shirt. (Not pictured: purple and green shorts that were about 4 inches above my knees.)

I realize now it's because I was never one to follow a trend or find acceptance through what was popular.  A perfect example is something I laugh about because it's foolish, but most will find shocking.  I never owned a pair of Jordans until 2014, and full disclosure, it wasn't by choice.  I discovered that I had worn a hole in my sneaker one day and on a break from work I walked down the street to footlocker.  Since I don a size 14, my choices are and always have been limited, considering there have been a hand full of times during my seven years living in New York City where I've actually been able to walk into a store and walk out with a pair of shoes.

I figured that after high school, that the fad of popularity had worn off as people mature and grow.  As I begin my third decade on this earth, I realize I was sorely mistaken.  It's amazing to me how reactive people can be if you do not like, agree or conform to a trend, and frankly it's pretty sad.  I know now that the fear of being different, or unlike others, drives people to do whatever necessary to fit into a clique, even if it means ignoring morality.

Bottom line, I enjoy being myself...Shit, my favorite movie of all time is "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory"!  My point is simple, just be yourself.  Don't hide behind trend just to gain acceptance.  I know for a fact that in some circumstances, my individuality is looked at as a personality difference, but if being two faced is needed to make people comfortable, those people will have to remain uncomfortable.

Be your true self.

-G