Expect the Unexpected


Some people discover their gifts during their childhood.

Some people discover their gifts during their teen years or adulthood.

Some people discover their their gifts and then sweep them back under the rug.

And some never discover their gifts at all – and end up being buried with their gifts on top of them…

A gift is a big thing. A gift is something that you have within you that, in a way, is meant to be shared with the world. It’s interesting as to how we’ve been so conditioned to follow the system and ignore our true potential. What’s even stranger is that I have heard on all of these daytime talk shows (not that I watch TV) that “we are all capable of so much more” – and yet we still struggle with ourselves.

So, how do you discover your gifts and what you are truly made out of?

One way is to go through a struggle or an ordeal of some kind (I’m not saying to voluntarily do this). People learn from harsh experiences and that experience helps them see life from a different perspective. Then, they may discover where their true capability lies.

Another way is by trying something new – something that you have never tried before. You’ve never tried it before, therefore, you do not know what to expect. You never know what you will discover…

But most ways that people discover their gifts is completely by accident. They find out about them by playing around, having fun and most of all- living in the moment. Living in the moment – isn’t that what children do best? Your gifts are born in the PRESENT moment and within that moment, a lot of magic happens. It’s magical because you allowed it to happen and it is magical because it is completely unexpected. As the old expression goes, “Expect the unexpected.”

Your gifts can come in many forms – it can be a special ability that you have, a quality that you have, an emotion that you can express very well or you can make things happen that borderline on the miraculous. Everybody delivers their own gifts in their own way.

Your gifts are so powerful to the point where I don’t understand as to why one would not want to discover them. One good thing about them is that they give you a reason for living and seriously break up the monotony of life.

So what can you do? What is waiting within you…ready to come out?

“What Should I be when I grow up?”

“What’s really underneath the mask of the Broken Generation?”

Ever had that question when you were a kid? I know people who are my age and older who are still asking themselves that question…

As you were growing up, you fantasized wildly as to what you wanted to be, whether it was an astronaut, a detective or a firefighter. I myself had always dreamed of being a wood carver, only because I saw a cartoon of a guy carving wood into these beautiful shapes and works of art. I envisioned myself doing that one day…

Then of course, along the way, that dream faded as I became molded into dreaming and going after jobs that everyone else was doing. I think the worst job I ever had was a paper delivery boy. Sure I got some fresh air, but the job just wasn’t for me anymore. I remember seeing a commercial by the DeVry Institute to illustrate (at the time) that the tech industry was booming that is where all of the jobs were at. If you weren’t educated in that department, you were at a loss. Quite the scare tactic at the time, I must say…

So why do our dreams fade in order to “grow up and get a real job”? Why is it that so few people are going after what they really want? Well, there is fear involved: fear of failure, fear of making a mistake, fear of success, etc.

Wait a minute…did I say fear of success?

Yes I did say that.

Everyday we seem to be getting more and more programmed to be fearful little robots to serve as cogs in this big machine we call society. Keep your head down, do the work, don’t ask questions, get paid and go home. Instead of becoming more free, all we are becoming  is more stressed, more fearful, more anxious and more depressed. Is this the life that we envisioned?

All of the above usually signify some sort of a disconnect from our true identity as an individual. When you think about what you really want to do with your life (if you know what you want to do with your life), how do you feel? Excited? Invigorated? Now, hold on to that image. Do your feelings get stronger as a result?

Now disconnect yourself from it and think about something you’d rather not be doing. How do you feel then? Angry? Depressed? Frustrated? Or in extreme cases, suicidal?

What happens when you disconnect one of your appliances? It ceases to function, correct? What happens when you disconnect yourself from your dreams? YOU cease to function, correct?

Look at what I’m doing? I’m engaging in a very unusual and unconventional profession. Yes, there is a chance that I won’t make it. Yes, there is a chance that certain individuals will stop loving me. But does that stop me? Not really…

What I do makes me feel good and I feel that I can contribute to making the difference on this planet that will really set us free. I started doing this because I was curious to find out what was really inside of me. I got sick and tired of being a cog and I got sick and tired of the status quo. And I wanted to empower people to take control of their own lives. That is what really fires me up to do what I do.

You’ll never see me in the newspaper.

You’ll never see me on television.

You’ll never see me on a huge billboard.

You’ll never see me in the mainstream.

Because I don’t desire fame. I desire to help and heal.

What should you be when you grow up? Try asking this question instead: How do you want to feel right NOW?

Because it’s not about “growing up”. It’s about growing within…

Are you ready?

What’s really inside you? What are you really capable of?

What’s waiting for you?

Keep the change,

Shawn Bent

Rebel Without a Cause

“What’s really underneath the mask of the Broken Generation?”

There were certain junctures in my life where I was an angry kid.

Angry at myself.

Angry at my family.

Angry at society.

Angry at God.

There are times where I was angry but I didn’t know what I was angry at. I guess you can say that I was expressing a part of myself that I hated the most, but also expressing a part of myself that wanted to be heard.

On the surface, I was a rebel without a cause. But deep down, something was brewing and wanting to come out into the world…

I picked quite the audience to help out. It isn’t easy being a 20-something in this day and age and I have been told (directly and indirectly) that 20-somethings aren’t worth helping out.

Can I be brutally honest?

I believe that’s the biggest load of shit I’ve ever heard.

Why did I start doing this whole shindig? Because I believed that 20-somethings had a lot more to them. I believed there’s a lot more magic to them than what we give them credit for…

I for one am not content on living my life a programmed drone being told where to go, what to think, what to feel, what to believe and how to respond. And that’s what I see this generation of 20-something’s being exposed to…

It’s the same old status quo: Go to school, get good grades, graduate, get a good job. Shampoo, lather, rinse, repeat. If you don’t abide by the system, you are threatened with failure or reprimand of some kind. You are told, on many levels and through many mediums, to conform and to follow the rules and settle for what you have been given by the system. It’s like you’re in an institution that is serving you the proverbial gruel in a dirty bowl and that’s all you get to eat. If you protest in any way shape or form, you get a rap on the knuckles by the cane of the headmaster.

Why does the system (and the world) have to be this way? Who makes this shit up?

I just don’t understand why things have to be this way. 20-somethings have potential…it is just that they don’t get a chance to express it….REALLY express it. Or they do express it…only to end up with the same mediocre results…

What I see is a system designed for us to fail. If it was designed for us to succeed, then why all the student debt, depression, anxiety and suicide (along with a host of other psychological and spiritual ailments that remain unreported)?

I know what it is like to get a raw deal. I know what it is like to conjure up the strength and courage needed to go after what it is that one REALLY wants and deserves.

It’s okay to be angry (quite frankly, it is a natural emotion and it’s healthy, provided that you’re not hurting anyone else), but channel that anger into something positive and useful. Something that brings value to others. Use that anger to energize your space as you walk through the world with your head held high to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Quarter Life Crisis? Quarter Life CONQUERED!

You have the power in you…just waiting…brewing…waiting to be harnessed and released.

Get curious about yourself: What are you really made of?

What do you really want your life to look like?

What are you waiting for?

What’s waiting for you…?


Keep the change,

Shawn Bent


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