About The Author

Hey guys, I’ve been writing here for awhile now, and all this time I’ve been doing so without an About page. So, as I was about to start today’s post, it dawned on me that I should put one up!

Enjoying the cold water

My name is Russell McCarrel, I’m engaged to positively the most beautiful woman in the world. As of Nov. 2012 I’ll be 21 years old, or 21 years young. I hear it changes from person to person, age to age. I was born in the city of Chicago, with the two parents Robin Joi McCarrel-Chiappetta (At the time Robin McCarrel) and Randall Keith McCarrel. I have three sisters, one brother, and many lifetimes worth of friends/acquaintances that I’ve met here and there.

Other than my blood family, I strongly rely on the support of my two best friends, one of those two being my fiancee. Like many people in the world today, I’ve had a life full of ups and downs. It can sometimes be much easier to count the downs than it is to count the ups, but that’s the struggle of life I suppose, I see no point in hiding that, or hiding from it.

I’m a bit of a rambler, and I tend to butcher my grammar, at least in the way of punctuation. Having been taught from a very young age to put my commas and other such punctuation to match the way I speak, it’s made it rather difficult for me to change from that to the correct punctuation. So, you’ll all have to enjoy my delightful writing style when I’m unable to have it be grammatically checked.

So, with the rambling part of me in mind, I’ll try to cut this a bit shorter. I’ve lived near Chicago all my life, and while I hope to one day live much further from the city than I do now, I doubt that will happen. I’m currently training to become a Firefighter. There are various reasons I wish to be one, but the main reason is that I want to make a difference in people’s lives.  I’ve always wanted to be able to help people, and being a Firefighter is something that not everyone can do for health and various other reasons. But I believe that I am able to, I am a loyal person who would not leave someone behind, and I have the courage to do what must be done. In short, being a Firefighter is who I am, I just need the training and the job to make it sync up.

Throughout the time that I’ve been around, I’ve seen a lot of life, and a good amount of death. I feel that I’ve been given a unique perspective on many things, and I seem to usually have the right idea, or no idea at all. I can safely say I’ve been wrong a million and one times, but I can count on one hand the amount of times that I’ve been wrong and tried to voice what I believed to be right, as right when it was wrong. I am comfortable making mistakes in my life, as we all must be to an extent. But I do my very best to make sure that when I am trying to help someone, be it physically assisting them, or simply with words, I am always as sure as I can be that anything I’m doing is the right way to do it, otherwise I’ll direct them to someone better equip to assist.

I enjoy being correct, as we all do. But I’ll never tell you something that I know isn’t correct just for the sake of saving face. If I make a mistake, I’ll own up to it.

But, as you can see, I believe I started to ramble a bit. So, if you’ve got any questions, feel free to voice them here. I’d love to write about something that you specifically ask me to. So ask away, you’ll always get an answer.

Until that time though, enjoy everything you have. Help those who need the help, and why not go out and just do something nice for someone you don’t know.

As I always say: Be kind, and do something nice for a stranger.

Doing something good for someone else is it’s own reward, I can’t speak for you. But I can speak for me, I know that when I’ve helped someone totally unknown to me, someone I’ll never meet again, I feel good. I know I’ve made their day just a little bit better. This can be as simple as letting someone with less items go in front of you at a grocery store, it can be picking up something they dropped. You can remind someone random they left something, you can help someone cross a street, you can offer your assistance if they appear in need. There are always opportunities to be nice, we need only take the time to do so.

Thanks Cadence Gamache


Russell McCarrel.


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