Pokémon GO: 5 Reasons Why You Should Play

Heya playa, are you obsessed with Pokémon Go, because I know I am. But would you believe there are people out there who just aren’t convinced enough to play? So to all those Pokémon Go players out there, hit the thumbs up. And to all those who don’t play, I have 5 reasons why you should start playing today.

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I’d like to take a few seconds here to explain what Pokémon Go is to the people that don’t really know. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that you play on your phone. You travel around to different parks, libraries and churches catching different virtual Pokémon and fighting in different Poké Gyms.

That’s a very general overview though. If you want to learn a little bit more about the game, check out the links below. Now what makes Pokémon Go so freaking awesome is that this is the Pokémon game we’ve been waiting for for years. When Pokémon Red and Blue were first released, we were all so amazed. And yet secretly deep inside, we wanted that actual ability to travel around our schools and catch real Pokémon. And finally now after 20 years, it’s a real thing.

So if you’re not playing Pokémon Go, here are my 5 reasons why you should.

Number 1: Pokémon Go gives you a reason to get out of your house.

There have been tons of articles that I’ll link below that show that Pokémon Go is great for people with depression, anxiety and the fear of leaving their own home. Pokémon Go is working wonders for mental health. The whole purpose of the game is to go outside, to travel across the land, searching far and wide. For many people with mental health issues, sometimes even getting out of bed can be hard. But now that the game has intersected nostalgia, gameplay and social activity, it’s a lot easier for people to go outside.

Number 2: Pokémon Go helps connect people with other like-minded people.

Now I have to admit, at first I thought it would be weird running into other people playing, but when I actually did, it was kind of awesome. Everyone playing has the same goals: to catch rare Pokémon, to level them up and to be the leader of your own gym. And meeting someone else on that journey is super cool.

Whether it’s standing around on a street corner after a lure module has been launched or watching a bunch of people run over to go catch a rare Pokémon, there is a sense of unity that’s shared amongst the community. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about Pokémon Go. And just hearing them talk about the things that they’ve caught and the different gyms they’ve fought at, makes me really feel like there’s something big going on that we all share.

Number 3: Pokémon Go makes you get up and go exercise.

Along with meeting other people, you have to travel around to catch things. In some cases, that means walking 2, 5 or 10 kilometers just to hatch your Poké Egg or walking up and down different blocks just to catch the rare Pokémon that you see in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Some people even say that playing Pokémon Go is the most exercise they’ve gotten in a long time and this is something we can all benefit from. Being able to play video games and get a workout in.

Number 4: Pokémon Go builds a sense of camaraderie amongst people.

Whether Team Valor, Team Mystic or Team Instinct you feel like you’re a part of something and you’re fighting for something big. With the Poké Gyms, seeing one that’s owned by your teams and working to defend it and build up their rep really makes you feel like you’re fighting for your team. Not to mention people that you meet in the streets that are part of your team and are fighting to protect that gym, there is no quicker way to build a friendship.

I can’t overlook the fact that fighting against different teams is a competitive thing and might drive people to be a little bit too competitive, but there is something about raiding another teams gym and taking it over that feels so good.

Number 5: Pokémon Go opens you up to a world of landmarks that you never even noticed before.

One awesome thing that Pokémon Go has done is that it’s highlighted landmarks in my neighborhood that I never noticed before that I no regularly pay attention to.

From wall murals, to statues to park signs, these are things I’ve never really noticed before. But now that Pokémon Go has marked them as Poké Stops, I always regularly stop at them, check them out and admire them a little bit. Sure, most of my attention is focused inside the game but now that Pokémon Go has highlighted all these different Poké Stops and landmarks around me, I actually go out of my way to find them and to see what they actually look like. Areas I’ve completely breezed past before are now an open world for me to explore. What do you think, do you play Pokémon Go?

Have you had any run ins with other real life players before? Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it.

You know, it’s been a while since something like this has come out that has really brought in so many diverse groups of people together. I think right now in time represents a really cool moment in history. It’s a moment we all share and can all collectively experience. So for those of you out there who still don’t want to play Pokémon Go, there’s always Bejeweled and Candy Crush.

As always guys, love and peace.



I Almost Lost My Mom Today

Heya playas, yesterday was an incredibly scary day for me because I almost lost my mom. I want to tell you guys what happened and what I learned from this experience so hopefully if you ever encounter something like this, you’ll know what to do. Telling this story is not easy for me and I know there are a lot of you out there who have has a situation just like this, so let me tell you what happened.

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I started a new job not too long ago where I’m able to work from home, so it was a normal Thursday, I’m sitting at home working on my laptop. Normally I had my phone by my side but when it starts to die, I tend to plug it into the wall and kind of leave it over there so it can charge for a bit. And since I’m always by my phone, I never really turn on the ringer so I just kind of periodically check it every so often.

At around 12:30, I saw that I had gotten a voice mail and a text message from my younger brother, not really thinking it was anything specific. But when I listened to the voice mail, the first thing he said completely shocked me. He told me that my mom had a heart attack and he had called 911 to come to the house. I did not know what to do, I was frantic in that moment but I knew I had to keep myself together so that I could head to my house and see what was going on.

I locked up the house, got in my car and started driving on over to go see what was going on and I have to admit, I was contemplating every single red light to just breeze right through it. But I knew in that moment, even though I wanted to breeze through the red lights because there was no time to waste, I had to stick to the rules here because I didn’t want to get into a car accident. When I finally got to my moms house, I saw the ambulance waiting outside so I parked my car and ran as fast as I could inside the house.

There was no one downstairs at the time so I ran back inside to go check inside the ambulance and there was no one there either. So I figured everyone was upstairs in my moms room so I ran up the stairs and ran into the room to see my mom there on the bed holding her chest while the EMT’s were trying to help her. My younger brother was there too and I had a million questions to ask him but I knew that wasn’t the right time. We had to focus on what was going on, which was helping my mom.

The EMT’s asked us to bring down their bags for them but the entire time all I wanted to do was ask my mom how she was doing, to let her know that I was there to make sure she was ok. And in that process one of the EMT’s was starting to get a little frustrated because even though I wanted to be helpful, I was hindering their process of getting her down the stairs and bringing her into the ambulance.

I had already told my girlfriend, my brother and his girlfriend and his girlfriend ended up showing up to the house along with me, so the two of us got inside her car and drove to the hospital while my younger brother went with my mom in the ambulance. Once again as we were driving in her car I wanted so bad just to cut people off, to skip red lights, to go on the opposite side of the road but I knew I couldn’t do that because the potential for an accident was far greater if I was driving recklessly.

When we got to the hospital, they had taken my mom in and my older brother had showed up too. So all of us had went together to go sit in the waiting room upstairs. Sitting in that waiting room was a very surreal experience for me. Here you had all these people terrified and not sure what was going to happen, meanwhile on the television Anderson Cooper is sitting there talking about what he eats for breakfast.

The whole juxtaposition of these sad and worried people alongside this nonsense playing on television made me think two things: one, why is this junk playing when all of us are just trying to focus on what’s going on and two, maybe this junk is necessary to keep us distracted. Either way, as some time passed my aunt ended up showing up as well and we all sat together waiting in the waiting room. Eventually the doctor came in and the very first thing he said put us all at ease.

We were all waiting to know what happened and he told us very plainly, “Hey guys, nothing to worry about. Everything worked out fine.” which really was what we needed to hear. He sat down with us and explained a little bit about the process of what happened. Essentially the heart has three valves, two in the left side and one on the right. There’s a lot of different factors that can play into clogging these valves in the heart but stress is usually the tipping point that causes it to rupture.

For my mom, she’s been a smoker most of her life, when she does eat, it’s either junk food or processed food, and she deals with stress every single day. However, she is a fighter and she fought through this and was able to survive. After a while, they brought us all in to see her and I had talked to everyone beforehand to make sure that we didn’t launch into telling her what she needed to change in her life.

It’s very natural when you truly care about someone to want to start telling them “oh you shouldn’t do this” and “you gotta cut that” and “you gotta get rid of that”, but the truth of the matter is, they just underwent a major traumatic experience and telling them to do things is not the best thing to do. So we talked with my mom, we told her we loved her, we told her we would come back every single day to see her and then we let her get her rest.

This whole experience was a crazy one but to walk into my mom’s room to see her clutching her chest in pain is a snapshot that is going to be forever embedded in my mind. And I know there are a lot of you out there that have gone through similar experiences like this or know someone who has. That’s why I want you guys to leave your comments below, share any similar experiences you’ve gone through in the comments and we’ll all be there to talk to you.

Also, if you feel like your story is just too personal and you don’t want to leave it in the comments section, you can always reach out to me. All my social information is in the description. My Snapchat, my Facebook, my Instagram, my email. Reach out to me. This whole ordeal was a scary, scary experience. But it is something I feel like I learned from. And hopefully my mom learned from it too. To change her behavior, to shape up her life and to work towards being healthy again.

As always guys, love and peace.



Why My Friend Got Angry When No Guy Would Talk To Her

Heya playa, I wan to tell you all about the time that I went out with one of my friends for my birthday and my female friend ended up getting really annoyed because no guys would talk to her. This plays off of the last video that I did, should girls ask guys out and my simple answer was yes but I think this story will solidify why that is.

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So let me paint the picture for you. Me and my friends decided to go out for my birthday and we found this deal online, it was like a Groupon or something like that. Now at the time, I was studying a lot of pick up artist stuff. I was reading “The Game” by Neil Strauss and anything I could get my hands on. So because I was reading so much about picking up girls and talking to them, opening up conversations, I knew that that was going to be my mission for the night.

Together it was me, two of my guy friends and one of my female friends, we had did our best to get all dressed up to head out to this cool fancy place that we had never been before. Now as we walk in there are tons of beautiful girls there and of course everyone is broken off into their own little sections talking to each other. And we ended up doing what most people do when they walk into a new place, they kind of stay together as a group and don’t really venture out too much.

But this wasn’t part of my plan, I knew at some point we would have to break free, go off and talk to new people. I don’t drink alcohol, I even did a video explaining why, but that night I decided to grab a cup of water, we all cheers’d and off I went to go talk to someone. Before I did though, I saw that one of my female friends had separated herself, sat on one of the couches and just hung out there alone.

She wasn’t really venturing off to talk to new people, just to kind of sit there. So I stopped and I asked her, “Hey why are you sitting here by yourself? Why don’t you go talk to someone?” and she responded with “Well, I’m the girl. Guys should come talk to me.” When she told me that I kind of thought about it for a second and realized, well no, if you want to talk to someone, you should go do it. But I wanted to see if what she was saying would happen so I went off on my own and found a girl to talk to.

To keep that story short, all I did was walk up to a girl, start, you know, sort of dancing around her like guys normally do and then I tried to engage her in a conversation. The dancing part seemed to work out for me which is very rare because usually when a guy starts dancing around a girl, she kind of turns around and walks away. But sure enough we were dancing, and as I started to talk to her, I saw that she was immediately getting bored.

She started doing that thing that people do when they don’t really want to be in a situation so they start looking around to see if they can make eye contact with someone else that can hopefully pull them away. I recognized that, I saw what was going on so I simply said “It was nice meeting you” and went on my way. I headed back to my female friend who was still sitting in the exact same spot on the couch and asked her, “So how’s everything working out for you?”.

And when she responded, she was incredibly frustrated. She just sat there and said “I don’t understand, how come none of these guys are talking to me? They’re looking at me, making eye contact and just walking past me.” So I told her “ok, the next guy that makes eye contact with you, why don’t you walk up to him and talk to him?”. And she was totally against the idea. She said “No, guys should come talk to me. I’m the girl, that’s how it works.”

So I went off again and spent some time hanging out with my guy friends that night. We took a bunch of pictures thinking “oh yea, we dressed really fancy tonight”, now when I look back at the pictures I realize my shirt was baggy, my pants were baggy, I needed a few more tips on how to dress. But eventually I made my way back to my female friend who was still sitting on the couch not talking to anyone. So I told her straight up “Point out a guy that you want to talk to, I’ll go talk to them and try to bring them over back to you.”

And she just responded with “I don’t get what these guys problems, what are they not men or something? They don’t know how to come up to a girl and talk to them?” It was safe to say that I was a little annoyed by this, because when I looked around I saw tons of guys that looked like normal good guys, they were just too scared to approach the girl and talk to them. And yet for some reason there is this stigma that only guys can approach girls and it just shouldn’t work the other way around.

And that’s one thing that bothered me and made me realize that if you want to talk to someone, you should go talk to them whether you’re a guy or a girl it shouldn’t matter. In most cases, there are a whole bunch of social norms that you’re expected to follow once you go talk to someone. If you do drink alcohol, as a guy you’re supposed to offer the girl a drink. It’s on you to make the conversation to keep her interest and not the other way around.

And if she blows you off, it’s just because you just don’t have the skill set to talk to women. And if we were to really break these things down and look at their necessity, you would see that it doesn’t really make sense. There’s no need to buy a girl a drink. You shouldn’t have to pay to hold someone’s attention for a normal conversation. And there are two of you involved in the conversation meaning both people should try to bring something interesting to the table.

And if you get nervous, choke up and just don’t know what to say in that interaction, it doesn’t mean that you’re bad with women, it just means that you weren’t ready for that moment. So later on that night when all of us were kind of tired and decided to go home, my female friend ended up getting incredibly angry because guys around there just weren’t following these social norms. And I think that’s something that can be a lesson for both guys and girls.

I think every single person should find their own unique way to approach someone, to engage them in conversation and to try to make the most of it for what they think works for them. With the first girl that I approached, she might feel comfortable with guys coming up and dancing with her but maybe she didn’t know how to handle conversations or maybe I just wasn’t talking about anything interesting enough.

Either way we both handled it how we felt comfortable and I would hope that neither of us walked away harboring anger for the other person.

But what do you think though? What should me female friend have done in that situation? Should she have gone forward and talked to other guys? And what do you think I should have done in that situation? Should I have kept trying to pursue the girl even though I was picking up cues that she didn’t want to talk to me? Leave your comment below and we’ll talk about it.

Everyone deserves your respect by default, unless they specifically do something to crush that I would say be kind, courteous and understanding of other people’s needs and feelings in the moment. And don’t get too wrapped up in what you’re feeling to overshadow what you think they’re going through.

As always guys, love and peace.