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A Letter To My Teenage Self

Posted on | September 22, 2017 | 2,726 Comments

Dear 16 year old Dino,

You’re in high school right now and you’re miserable. You’ve got some great friends and you’re likable but you just hate everything. You’re fed up with the lack of individuality and cliques that are everywhere in high school. You believe life is a meaningless joke and you’re the only one who can see that. You believe everyone around you is happy about meaningless, superficial things and don’t realize that everyone is dealing with their own struggles. You could be nicer to people but being a funny asshole is one of the few things that makes you feel good about yourself. By the time you get to college, you’ll decide that if you are going to go through with this whole ‘life’ thing, you might as well make it a fun adventure. Initially, that will mean spending too much money on concerts, sports and cultural events. It’ll be the start of you recognizing some of the beauty that’s all around you. Make sure you continue to push yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things. You’ll be better for it even if it doesn’t feel that way immediately. I should note that fear doesn’t really go away but don’t let it paralyze you. Do not fight it, use it to your advantage by acting in spite of it. Be more afraid of losing out on opportunities than you are of taking action.  Read more

Investing In Yourself Pays High Dividends

Posted on | April 28, 2011 | 2,453 Comments

It is difficult at times for me to write some of these pieces.  On one hand, most of the time I have to speak about myself and it is usually something I am doing or have learned to do.  It is never my intention to come off as preachy or in a “do as I do way” but with frequent mentions of myself, it is likely to be construed that way by at least a few people.  On the other hand, it is difficult to make a serious point without going first and discussing my own involvement and relation to the topic at hand.  I need to go first so those reading can understand my basis.

From Thurs- Sunday November 4th-7th of 2010, I spent a total of 50 hrs at the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within event and it was certainly a life changing experience.  Read more

Why I Like Valentine’s Day

Posted on | February 14, 2011 | 2,948 Comments

It is that time of the year again and today is Valentine’s Day. Out of all holidays/celebrations, this one seems to get a lot of hate to the point where there are “F**k Valentine’s Day” parties.   I have always felt it is a bit petty when single people tend to bash Valentine’s Day. Dating someone and loving them should never be the cause of happiness, it should be an extension of it or something to add to and complement you life. It isn’t embarrassing that you’re not with anyone, it’s embarrassing that you’re saying the day sucks because you’re not with someone. Read more

Old People Say The Darndest Things

Posted on | November 16, 2010 | 4,585 Comments

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”  -George Bernard Shaw

“Every time you say ‘Act your age!’ I hear ‘Be sad with me!’   -Sween (

For a long time, I have continually had to hear people older than me bring up fun stories from when they were younger and then conclude with how “those were the days” or “I miss those days.”

Those words and the thought of growing old sounded TERRIFYING to me.  I remember being a kid and thinking that I would mature or evolve when the time is right. One day, I would say goodbye to a lot of my friends & fellow classmates and go to college—and I would be okay with it because the time is right. The same belief I thought would carry me through college and throughout the rest of my life but it in fact has not.  I am not sure I ever felt the time was truly ever “right” at the occurrence of all those events.  I have grown to accept it and understand that sudden, new changes were now a part of my reality. Read more

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