How to Be Inspiring

Saturday, October 5, 2013

I have to start this off by saying that originally this was going to be a different post, which I actually started writing about 2 months ago. I am fascinated by the whole concept of Old Media vs. New Media, and I have been working on trying to explain my thoughts on it for quite some time now but can't actually manage to make it come out in wording that could be considered a part of the English language. So it has been on the back burner. Ironically this is a little bit of a continuation of those thoughts but much more specific and to be honest, at this point, more important. So let's dive right in. 

Charles and Alli Trippy are incredible. 

The End. 

Just kidding but the statement is 100% true. I am going to give you a little bit of background BUT if you are not familiar with the YouTube world in terms of it's stars and what not then I suggest you just start googling because my run down won't be enough for you to fully grasp what I am trying to say. However if you are familiar with them feel free to skip this next paragraph (but you could read it to be nice...)

Charles Trippy and his wife Alli do daily vlogs on YouTube documenting their lives and essentially taking their followers (non-creepy) on their adventures with them. Charles plays bass in a great band called We The Kings so there is a really cool aspect of their vlogs, which is that you get to travel all around the world with him and see tons of beautiful places. Personally I think it takes a lot of course to let millions of people into your lives every day but I also think the fact that they have the opportunity to document their lives in this way is very special and will create wonderful memories to then share with the kids/grandkids years down the road.
Last year Charles was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor (grade 2 Oligodendroglioma) and he went through brain surgery to get rid of the tumor. After surgery they found out that it was benign and everyone was able to breathe a sigh of relief. This spring he had another seizure, which was later followed by another one after that. They then found out that during the last surgery they were not able to get all of the tumor and had to leave a small piece in his brain so as not to risk damaging his speech or the use of his arms/legs in any way. So it was time to go back in the OR for more surgery but this time he was going to be awake. Yes. Awake. That was so that the surgeon can ask him questions and get him to move his arm so they didn't do any damage to his ability to live his life and still play music. So off to Boston they went to have the surgery and he actually filmed during the surgery, which made news all over the world (Click here to watch "MAN FILMS OWN BRAIN SURGERY!!!!!). He spent some time in Boston recovering and then was able to return home to Florida and see his family, puppies, and friends. Unfortunately in yesterday's vlog Charles and Alli received some devastating news in that the pathology report showed that Charles' tumor was now a grade 3 Oligodendroglioma, which is considered cancer. Although they are not sure on the details yet, there will be treatment involved and the positive side to this is that this is not a C***** (will not use the word) that spreads to other parts of the body.

With everything that you have just heard, could you imagine continuing to document your life for the world to see? Well Charles can't imagine doing anything else. The dedication that he has to everyone out there who follows him as well as his genuine love for doing this is incredible. The other thing that amazes me is how connected he really is to his fans. I spent some time yesterday reading comments and tweets when they shared his news with everyone and there are people out there who feel like their brother or best friend just received this news. A majority of these people have never met them and yet they have a family-like connection. 

This is not a character on a sitcom that the fans have fallen in love with. This is a real person that has made the decision to put his life out there for anyone that is interested and then on top of it all he has gone through hell in the last year and a half and continued not only to vlog but to stay positive and keep a smile on his face the whole time. Instead of letting your kids sit in front of the TV all day watching Justin Bieber make a fool of himself, maybe they should log onto and watch someone who is actually inspiring.

Now comes the time where you may be wondering where I am going with ALL of this information. Well honestly, I wasn't really going anywhere. I just think you need to be informed about his story. I think that it is important to know about things like this. It makes you put a whole lot of things in perspective. Take a moment and think about the courage that this takes not only for Charles but for Alli as well. Being the person watching someone you love go through this is absolutely not easy. 
I honestly believe that the world is changing. Unfortunately not in some ways, which a lot of other people may see as more important, but I think the fact that the internet is not always seen as a scary place is pretty impressive. Not to be fair, I do not think it is a good idea for people to sit online all day and ignore the outside world. Fresh air is a necessity people!!! But I do think that when parents are panicking about the fact that their kid is watching YouTube videos after dinner, maybe just take a peek and see if it is CTFxC or other youtubers who are actually good influences and have the ability to inspire your kids. Might not be such a bad thing.

If this post did anything at all for you please take a moment and send a message of support to Charles & Alli either through YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter (Charles - Alli). It would mean a lot to them I'm sure.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

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