“You Must Succeed”

Schools are less inclined to teach our children how to learn and think for themselves. Just how to appear knowledgeable enough to get a job.

Parents are less inclined to show their children reality. A bubble of fluffy and senseless positivity. Participation awards. Or even the opposite, where they instill pain and failure to show the child reality. But, realistically, it is just a neurotic nightmare from another human hurting deep down. Picture a parent screaming senselessly when the child does “wrong.”


These are some of the reasons why our children age into their teenage years without having a desire to learn or grow. Nor do they grow into a true sense of self. No clear sense of reality. These purposes and awarenesses are not born and so there is no pursuit of conscious choices directed towards a life of potential meaning and fulfillment.

Instead, these teenagers age into the highest statistics we have ever seen for young mental disorders and suicide rates.


We expect so much from our children. We expect massive success and perfection…but how can they live to their fullest without understanding how to think and grow inside.

The world is overpopulated and our education system still does not teach us that learning is fun…if anything, it does the opposite and scares us away.

Where are we without real experience? What does that even mean? It means we look at our phones instead of right in front of us. It means we our so confused and tangled in our mind that we can’t focus on the present moment without feeling some sort of anxiety. It means that we are scared of our time alone. We are scared of ourselves.

And what does an animal do when he is backed into a corner…what does an animal with the potential to manipulate and consciously feel do when she is backed into a corner?

backed into

I am scared for the future.

We all need an open and warm environment to learn in.

If no one else is creating it for us, I know it is possible to create it within ourselves.

I know because I have been developing this environment within myself.

There has been external adversity and it has taken a lot of internal strength and clarity.

But, it is possible to create an open and warm environment where we can always be vulnerable and learn all we can until we breathe no more.

We need this place to finally be happy.

To finally find internal peace with ourselves and everyone else.

To find strength.



revenant survival


Roger Waters…thank you for your honesty. Pink Floyd has always been one of my favorite artists for their stories, melodies, and beautiful musicianship in making true albums.

If you are still with me, here is another one from The Wall. Comfortably Numb is the extreme of how we respond to the fear and confusion in our own minds. It is exactly how we end up never facing or growing with our depth of pain and aversion to learning.

Who wants to listen or watch The Wall now? I know I do 🙂

About Kevin Carlstead

I graduated as a hospitality and psychology student at University of Denver. I spent most of my teenage and young adult years in the hospitality industry. I am still searching for what industry suits my personality and talents so that I can feel more meaning throughout my days. My current career pursuit has me enrolled in a graduate program to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I love music with something to it. I love life with something to it. I have made it one of my purposes in this life to integrate both of these things that I love. This blog and my own songwriting has given me the platforms to do that very thing. Thank you for reading.
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