Mentoring Young Artists through the Fine Arts Society of Milton: Inspiring Youth

Bruce talks with students and artists of the Fine Arts Society of Milton about their Youth Mentoring Program and an inspiring installation project showcasing women from history that have made amazing contributions in society. You can learn more about the Fine Arts Society of Milton at www.fasm.ca

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The show is hosted by creative entrepreneur Bruce Outridge as he talks with ambitious youth in the community and the community partners that work with them. You can learn more about Bruce, the show, and program at Inspiring Youth TV at www.inspiringyouthtv.com or on YourTV/InspiringYouth

Youth Mental Health with Nelson Youth Centres: Inspiring Youth

Nelson Youth Centres

Mental Health is talked about on the show today as we visit with Nelson Youth Centre in Burlington to learn about their programming helping young people deal with mental health issues. You can learn more about the centre at www.nelsonyouthcentres.com

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The show is hosted by creative entrepreneur Bruce Outridge as he talks with ambitious youth in the community and the community partners that work with them. You can learn more about Bruce, the show, and program at Inspiring Youth TV at www.inspiringyouthtv.com or on YourTV/InspiringYouth

 

Life’s Caribbean Lesson

Caribbean Life

I have traveled many places in the world from trucking 2500 miles a week across North America to traveling to Europe and the Caribbean. My Mother worked for the airline for her career and so many vacations as a kid were spent traveling to the Caribbean one of her favourite places. I have to say the the island of Barbados has become an annual destination for my wife and I as we try to escape from the bitter cold and snow of Winter. We now spend months on the island and have become what I call “local tourists.” Our friends have also been coming so long and for so many years that we don’t consider ourselves tourists, but we aren’t locals. Some come to the island and see the beautiful beaches and nothing else. Others come and see the garbage left behind and poor conditions of the roads and nothing else. Others see the party life and drink as much rum as they can. We see the people, values, and lifestyle of the people. We have been coming so long that I see much more from this island and others in the Caribbean about life that we all should remember.

In North America life is go go go! Go to work, go pick up the kids, go shopping, go to meetings, life is fast. Because our lives are always going at the speed of sound our services have been expected to meet that demand. We order in a restaurant and expect our meal within minutes. We call people and expect an answer right away. The biggest lesson I have learned on the island is patience. Island life is much slower than at home and it can take a while for you to adjust and accept it. The saying is, “No one moves fast in the Caribbean.” Often we judge their service by our standards and expect them to jump but if we look at the money they make and other factors of a Caribbean lifestyle we begin to understand that the motivation may not be there. Of course not everyone is like that on the island but it is an adjustment that many from overseas struggle to understand.

Caribbean Life

I have to work on my patience every time I come to the Caribbean because life is so fast paced at home. I get a little better each year and it has also helped in my projects at home. I used to think of a project and then get right into it. Now I have learned to think about a project and let it rest for a while. That has helped in making my projects stronger when they are developed and much of that is due to learning to be patient.

Courtesy and respect are something that is diminishing in North America. Everyone is in a hurry and their lives seem to be more important to than the person next to them. People will stop their cars on the island to let someone cross the street. You can’t wear a sleeveless shirt into a government building, and people stand for the National Anthem automatically upon hearing it. On the bus kids will offer a seat to an older person and in all my years I have never seen someone try scam a driver on the island. Oh the island isn’t perfect by any means but there is a lot of respect for tourists and others on the island.

Caribbean Life

So if I can offer any solutions to those whom may not have been to the Caribbean is stop to and enjoy life on the way. Rushing to the destination may get you there faster but you may miss the beauty and life lessons along the way. Many folks say, “I would just love to sit on a beach and do nothing.” That’s because of the peace and slowness of time on a beach. You need to get on island time and some how bring that home. Live life along the way, it may not be what you expect at the destination.

About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a creative entrepreneur helping to inspire others. He produces two podcasts, has a television show, author of five books, and is a professional cartoonist. He lives in Burlington Ontario Canada and loves the Caribbean. You can learn more about Bruce and his work at www.bruceoutridge.com

Beginning a Career in Sports Training with Canfitpro

Canfitpro on Inspiring Youth

Welcome to another episode of Inspiring Youth where we showcase ambitious youth and the community partners that work with them. Young sports enthusiasts are featured in this episode as Bruce takes us to the gym introducing us to the Canfitpro Program. You can learn more about the Fitness Firm at www.thefitnessfirm.ca and Canfitpro Program at
www.canfitpro.com

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About the Show

The show is hosted by creative entrepreneur Bruce Outridge as he talks with ambitious youth in the community and the community partners that work with them. You can learn more about Bruce, the show, and program at Inspiring Youth TV at www.inspiringyouthtv.com or on YourTV/InspiringYouth

Live Like You Are Dying

Bruce Outridge-Live like You Are Dying

If you are a country music fan you most likely will remember the song “Live Like You Are Dying”
by Tim McGraw. The song talks about two people having a conversation about the news that
one is dying and how he handled receiving that information and the decisions he made
knowing he only had a certain amount of time left. The reply from the recipient of the news is
that once you know you only have so much time left you would start living without caring about
tomorrow. You would live for today! In the song the man would go skydiving, riding a bull for 8
seconds, and treat people better. Things we should be doing anyway.

Creative Entrepreneur Bruce Outridge
Live Like You are Dying

Why am I bringing this up? Don’t worry I’m not dying, at least I don’t think so. The reason I
bring this up is that we should all be living this way all the time. Every winter I travel to the
Caribbean to relax, see friends, and get away from the hustle and bustle of North America. Life
is a little slower in the Caribbean and more laid back. We have been coming to the Caribbean
for over a decade and for me since about the age of eleven. My parents are originally from the
Caribbean and so the culture is part my heritage.

 

You have to start living now. For so long we have had this mindset of work hard until 65 and
then retire and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Unfortunately that only works for some. Some
people many that I know don’t make it to that age dying before they get to enjoy life. Some
believe they will travel or enjoy life once they have all day to do nothing. From what I have seen
both parties have it wrong.

beautiful sunset
When was the last time you enjoyed a sunset?

Many young people today have life / balance mindset a little better. They are fusing life and
work together and enjoying it while they can. They travel and see the world, get involved in
social causes, and enjoy life while young enough to do so. You do need to work hard and
building a career is something all of us should be doing, but it is also about putting priorities in
the proper order.

If you are lucky enough to enjoy the work you do then you are way ahead of the game. These
days making money at something you enjoy is easier than ever. Stop chasing the “GET RICH”
idea and find a way to make money doing something you enjoy. Start putting together that
bucket list and begin to knock items off or at least start working towards them while you’re
healthy.

Beach Scene
What is your bucket list?

If you want to do something when you retire then start doing it now. Many folks think they will
start traveling when they’re older but then struggle to walk up the stairs of a European city or
have the health to do things when they do have the time. I can tell you if you are not used to
working out when you’re younger trying to get into the gym at the age of 65 probably won’t
work.

I have learned a lot from the Caribbean. People who want to travel have started do it when they
were younger and working. They have their health and have enjoyed their time. Our friends that
we see every year have been coming to the islands for years and for some they can’t travel
anymore but they still have their memories and can say they lived life. Too many friends of mine
have gone way before their time so if I can inspire you to live your life I would say this, “Live
Like You Are Dying!” It may actually help you live longer, fancy that!

About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a creative entrepreneur helping to inspire others. He produces two podcasts, has a television show, author of five books, and is a professional cartoonist. He lives in Burlington Ontario Canada and loves the Caribbean. You can learn more about Bruce and his work at www.bruceoutridge.com

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