Badassery


Badass. (vulgar); (slang) A badass is someone who is very tough or mean. Don’t mess with him, he’s a real badass! (slang) A person who has extreme attitudes and behavior and is admired by others. In this sense, calling someone a badass is a compliment.

After three years of life kicking my ass, I feel like I need to visit some of my more outstanding personalities for a change.  The personality that did not allow my ass to be kicked.  The personality that permitted me to jump back up no matter what laid me down.  The personality that assured me that I was not the weaker link and that I mattered.  I am slowly regaining my smojo!!  (Yes, I did just make up that word and that is A-O-K.  That is because I am:

Savage, not Average.

That’s the only way to bounce back up.  Find the attitude, don’t need to be rude, just know that those who mess with you are likely to be less than you.
I rarely take pics of myself but of all of the ones I have taken, there is something about this one from my time in Lagos that just makes me smile every – single – time.  First off, I think we all look a little badass. I am NOT tough or mean but this picture makes me feel like I could surely play the part if needed.  Personally, I think it was more the company I kept.  Cool group of people and full of life and fun.  And yes true badasses.  A time I will never forget.  This picture.  Nothing more needs to be said.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
Best Badass quotes & Savage Captions
  • If you don’t like me. it’s because I don’t want you to.
  • The Question Isn’t Who Is Going To Let Me: It’s Who Is Going To Stop Me. – Ayn Rand
  • They play the game I change the game.
  • Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do. – Dr. Robert Schuller
  • In A World Full Of Copies, Be An Original.
  • Don’t like me? u*k off Problem Solved
All I can say is that it takes all kinds and anyone can be one.

Day 9 – Miles of Memories


“Not all those who wander are lost.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
~Anita Desai

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
~Jack Kerouac

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
~anaïs nin

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
~Mark Twain

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
~Bill Bryson

Inspiring journeys: Giseny; journeys; Scenic; mcconnel: Pena; Angela; seattle; nathan; cashmere; bali; Liam; journeyman; andysworld

3 days – 3 years


As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody’s individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.

-Yo-Yo Ma

I am 3 days from the end of my 3 year tour in Lagos, Nigeria.  It has been as amazing as I have expected it to be and as good as any other place I have had the pleasure of living and working.  The people are magic and the country is unfound gold.  Yes, there were ups and downs.. good people with bad….like every where.  Unlike everywhere, there were electrical outages, random housing alarms, floods, bacterial and parasitical infections, needing to leave 10 hours ahead of a flight to ensure you get to the airport in time to fly out, and of course chaotic traffic issues.

However, if you open your eyes, heart and mind to what is around you, you can find the smiles and the warmth that exist beyond the frustration, image or object that is directly in front of you.  When you can do that, you will find that as different as everything is around you, at the core of it all, it is still very much the same of who and what you are.. just people in a random part of the world trying to make a living and a life.   You will find that you have become a part of a life that at times had seemed incomprehensible and that life has now become a part of you.

When I arrived in Nigeria, I was considered a tough manager who was too hard on the people I was managing.  My expectations were too high and I did not cut anyone any slack.  A year into my position, I held an awards dinner for my staff because not only did they meet my bar but they surpassed my expectations for achieving a cohesive and high-functioning team.  Before I could even present my award to my team, they stopped me and actually gave me a speech at how much I positively affected their lives and their work.  The team lead started out by saying, “My oga (big boss), when you arrived it was like a hurricane…” another team member shouted out, “MORE LIKE A TSUNAMI!!!” This brought chuckles but also earned me the affectionate nickname “Tsunami Sam”

On Friday they gave me a shirt and told me that on Monday, my very last day of work here, we would all wear this shirt.  I am proud of my team and proud of myself for breaking down walls, changing hearts (mine as well).. and leaving Nigeria on a super positive note.  I will miss Nigeria with a passion.  I basically say this at the end of every tour.. and I basically mean what I say.  Nigeria I will miss you!!

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One of the girls even drew a pencil sketch of me.. amazing…

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I will end with some photos of my last few walks.  I will miss … not miss … some of the hazards of walking on the sidewalks.. not really sidewalks of Lagos.  I hope you have enjoyed my visions of Nigeria as much as I have enjoyed sharing some of my experiences here.

And off I go!!

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.   – Steven Wright

I don’t know what my path is yet. I’m just walking on it.   – Olivia Newton-John

Life of Value


Beach Day – short and sweet.  This is the first time I have travelled to the beach and did not actually take pictures of the beach.  For some reason I was much more interested in the journey then the actual time spent there.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did!!

Fait alone will lead you to – – –

Naija Style


Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands.     Nigeria

Make no mistake, I get it, weddings around the world can be amazing, glorious, inspirational, and even horrible.  But weddings in Nigeria are sensational and chaotic things.  I have been fortunate enough (and honored enough) to have been invited to another wedding in Nigeria of one of my colleagues.  Wow!! Just pure fun.

The color, the chaos, multiple photographers, kids, dancing, eating, matching clothes…

 

The kiss..

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and..

welcome.. the bride and groom….

 

Other cultural posts about heritage

YorkCastle, Rantings, Petroglyphs, roaming, patron saints, Morya, legacy, hotdogs, blarney, irene, Unsung