Overcoming challenges video 2 of 3


This video was an interview with a friend of mine named Valeria, a nursing student an great example.  Due to the format of the interview, there is no blog as the video is all about Valeria’s experiences and speaks for itself.

Teeth and Braces

I had a thought about life yesterday, everything about it can be compared to teeth and braces. I haven’t worn braces, but in this analogy, we all have teeth and we all have braces. The reason people wear braces is to get their own perfect healthy smile. We each have our theoretical teeth, and the challenges and trials of life are braces. The thing about trials and challenges is that they are painful and it seems that just as with braces, as soon as you get adjusted it’s time to tighten those braces and things get painful once again.

When this comes we have two choices, we can either have them taken off and stop trying or we can endure and keep trying, knowing that we will come out better than before. We each have our own perfect, none of us will ever achieve that perfection in this life. However, by embracing the hard things in life, eventually those painful annoying braces won’t be needed anymore and we can achieve our best self.

Welcome to Life on Positivity!

Welcome to Life on Positivity my name is Ryan Russell, and I’d like to welcome you to this new adventure I’m starting for those of you who don’t know me? I’m currently working on my Ph.D. in psychology. I’ve been trying to think of a way that I can help others I’ve been a peer mediator before, and I try to help people.  I thought perhaps I could start a YouTube channel and be able to help others.

This channel and blog will talk about challenges and overcoming life’s obstacles, becoming the person, you want to be and teach about other people’s challenges.  I’d like to meet people that have overcome challenges and introduce them to you. There are many ways to contact me with questions or advice, so please feel free to reach out and communicate.

A little background about myself, I have an Associates in Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies focused on arts and letters and masters of education in counseling and human relations and soon a Ph.D. in General psychology.  Aside from these things, I have experience, and I believe I’ve had a few challenges to overcome.  I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, while you might think Muscular Dystrophy would be my primary subject area, it is not. My primary reason for starting this channel was a recent life change I had; it can only be described as a life-changing experience.

For the longest time, I’ve felt that I needed to do something more than what I was already doing. However, I played a lot of computer games I mean a lot.  Probably in 10 years, I spent at least a year of my life Playing computer games.  A few weeks ago. I spent a few hours visiting with somebody who I saw as a best friend and had developed romantic feelings for.  As I was talking to her, I had a religious experience in a discussion ensued in my mind, it was as though a lightbulb turned on in my mind and I knew it was time to make my change.

For many years I told myself when I got married and had a family I would just quit computer games, so I focused time on my wife and children. However, as I got older, I never had the opportunity to be married or start a family, but I continually said that I would stop and this appeased my guilty conscience.  While I was talking to this person who was just a friend that I hoped might become more, the thought came to me about everything that I needed to change to be better.  I thought about how I’ve always said that I would quit computer games when I got married.  I had the thought come to me, I need to be now what I want to be then so that I can become that.  This is a fundamental of faith, but faith is not only a religious term all of us need faith in ourselves before we can achieve anything.  So the thought that came to my mind was all these years you have been saying when I get married I will quit computer games.  On that day July 6 the feeling I got told me if you want to be married you have to stop computer games so that you can be the man you want to be right now.

I want to help everyone else to find their faith and become whatever it is that you have been saying you need or want to become. All of us have our best self, the self we are now, and our worst self.  I Want to help all of us to reach our best self, and to recognize that it is a lifelong pursuit!  I haven’t played computer games in 17 Days, I went from somebody who played every day to as of putting this on the Internet I am three days shy of four months without playing a computer game. However, in those 17 days, I Started the Life on Positivity channel, I’m working on my dissertation for my Ph.D., and I’m finally writing the book I’ve been talking about since I was in high school.

I’ve had a voice telling me that I needed to make this change in my life for quite some time. In fact, when I reviewed how much time I had spent playing computer games I just about cried to realize how much more I could’ve done with my time.  I feel guilty about waiting so long, but I’m happy because now is the time I’m starting.  It’s better to start late then to never begin all, so if you have even a little inkling or feeling of wanting to improve or even to just stay the good person you are I hope you will do it.  I hope you’ll come back and join me as we discuss things and go on this journey together, this site is very could go to find extended articles based on each video and additional articles from time to time.