🦸🏻‍♂️It’s a leap of faith. That’s all it is, Miles. A leap of faith.🦸🏻‍♀️

Look, I know how much you want this, kid. But you don’t have it yet. I’m sorry.

Peter B. Parker (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

When will I know I’m ready?

Miles Morales (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

You won’t. It’s a leap of faith. That’s all it is, Miles. A leap of faith.

Peter B. Parker (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

When you look inside yourself and see you have the goods, then it is time to take a leap.

Its a leap only you can take. You will be alone at the start of the fall. It is terrifying. Your on the fast track now, playing the real game. Hurdles will rush towards you; you will experience mistakes and failures.

But, with your quality and new found conviction, you will carve your own path out of the chaos. Your missteps cannot stop you anymore, they only teach you. You laid it on the line to become yourself. Nothing is more satisfying.

Others will marvel at you. Most of all, you will marvel at yourself.

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🦁 While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give. 👑

Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.

~~~Mufasa (The Lion King, 2019)~~~

Mufasa protected and managed the pride lands. Hunting only enough food to survive. Scar over hunted and took and took, that is why his reign was a failure.

This is something important to remember, for all of us. I will think of this quote as I develop my career. To remind me to only take enough so that I can give my most back to you.


And now for a controversial opinion…

The new Lion King is better than the original, it is the definitive version of the story! The film follows most of the same notes as the original while adding little touches that enhance the experience. This aphorism is one of those improvements!

These little touches made most characters even more likable. Simba, Nala, Zazu and Scar being standouts. I especially like that they gave Nala some more moments to showcase that the Pridelands had a strong queen, as well as a strong king. Timon and Pumbaa were great, they had to be of course! Not every character is perfect. I wanted more Rafiki, and could swing either way on which version of Mufasa was better.

I’ve noticed that other people had the opposite opinion of the movie. So go see it and form an opinion for yourself!


These two versions of the same story carry a lot of personal significance to me…

A big theme of the story is that Simba is strong but he had to grow up before he could truly be a king. I saw the animated film when I was a boy, Full of promise and wanting to be a man but still a cub like Simba was.

Now I am seeing the story again decades later, as a man. Like Simba, I have been hurt by the world, grown up, and have learned to overcome my hardships. I am have become the man I always wanted to be. I am ready to be king of my life and take my place in this world.

The timing of seeing this film could not be better!

I made some art after seeing the show!

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📖 “To him, who has often told the tales of others, many tales will be told.” 🖋

“It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer’s imagination is always at work, that he’s constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes; that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you’re a writer, they bring the characters and events to you. And as long as you maintain your ability to look, and to carefully listen, these stories will continue to seek you out over your lifetime. To him, who has often told the tales of others, many tales will be told.”

~~~ The Author (The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014) ~~~

What you put into the world will often reflect back on you.

For example, I designed cocktails and hosted cocktail parties. Now when I meet new members of my community, they already know me for my cocktails. Four of my friends have talked to me about their business ideas involving bartending.

I think of this quote as I add my short stories category. This post is timed to my 1st one! My First Ad and the Four Days Following. Now I will tell tales of others, and I expect that many will share their tales with me.

This will be a welcome change!

For an interesting man is only as fascinating as the interesting people he draws into his life.

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💵 ‘Hey, what can I get for $275 and uh… a Yogurt lands reward card?’ 🍦

‘Hey, what can I get for $275 and uh… a Yogurt lands reward card?’          

“Baby, about 48 minutes of whatever the fuck you want. And a low-fat dessert.”

~~~ Wade Wilson / Deadpool & Vanessa Carlysle (Deadpool, 2016) ~~~

Treat the people you deal with like people. Sharing a bit of humor and charm can turn a simple transaction into a beautiful relationship!

(FYI: I don’t shy away from the occasional bit of raunchiness, profanity, and adult topics.)

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💪🏻 “Fear profits a man nothing.” 😎

“The All-Father wove the skein of your life a long time ago. Go and hide in a hole if you wish, but you won’t live one instant longer. Your fate is fixed. Fear profits a man nothing. ”

~~~ Herger the Joyous (The 13th Warrior, 1999) ~~~

We all move towards the same end point, death. I chose to take “risks” in pursuit of a better life because this is my one life as Ricky West.

My life is an celebration!

You’re lives are waiting for you to share your potential!! Just as I share mine here at manofthewest.blog.

By the way,

The 13th Warrior was underrated. There were great character dynamics and a lot of wise aphorisms like this one.

“Yarra wine country”
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🗣 “People need stories more than bread itself.” 🥖

“People need stories more than bread itself.  They tell us how to live, and why.”

~~~ The Storyteller (Arabian Nights, 2000) ~~~

I have been consuming stories all my life. Some stories I tell, other stories I live and are told of me.

Stories form our perspectives, teach us values, and fuel our purpose.

What unites people? Armies, gold, flags…Stories…There is nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it.”

~~~ Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne, 2019) ~~~
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😆 “We can do it!” ⚡️

‘When I said I was afraid to go to jail I didn’t realize I was already in jail!  I’ve spent my whole life working for men I’m smarter than, better than!  Well when is Bloom going to get his share?  When is it going to be Bloom’s day?  I want…I want everything I’ve ever seen in the movies!’           

“Haha! And Bloom, you’re going to have it!  Because….we can do it!”

~~~ Leo Bloom & Max Bialystock (The Producers, 2005) ~~~

It is often that we don’t run towards our dreams because we fear risks.

“What if my business fails and I go under? I’m throwing away my stable career. People might laugh at me.”

These are only a few of the thoughts I can come up with.

But I fear something much more, staying in a cage of conventional ideas and life. Never living up to my potential, is one of the most horrible futures I can imagine.

To reach my potential, have more pure life than I can currently comprehend, and to bring my value and impact to the world. I have to take a gamble on myself.

You know what? “We can do it!”

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