Category Archives: Life

My adventurous and weird dream of prosecutors, gigantic slides for children, laughing puppets, living gym equipment, and maroon and brown skies.


Today, April 17, 2019, I had an adventurous and weird dream. After pulling an all-nighter of work, I was extremely tired and filled with tremendous anxiety about my taxes, finances, DUI, and business projects.

My dream begins with my mom and I in a small one-story building. The facility had the feel and look of an office with white walls and gray carpets. The Honolulu Prosecutor’s office built it to support their attorneys and staff. It was open for many people to visit, like an open house for everyone to see. We entered a small but spacious room where children of the department could be babysitted. The babysitting staff explained what services would be provided.

I whispered to my mom, “Maybe I could work as a babysitter if Keith asked me.” My mom grinned at me, which was a sign that I shouldn’t do such a job because whenever she supported any of my ideas, she would tell me, “Yeah, you should try.”

You see, the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney had asked me to come back to the department in 2016 as a Legislative Liaison and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney but I declined because I wanted to run far away from politics. I was tired of the cold bashing people in power do to one another. Pursuing my passions and curiosity in the private sector seemed to be a better route. Honestly, I wanted to be alone. I needed to find peace within myself before I could help others again. 

I suddenly appeared outside in a huge and oversized playground under the darkened skies that had eery shades of maroon and brown. There were many kids running around and enjoying the slides that were five times larger and taller than normal ones. I mean these things were like as high as a three-story building. The crowd of children and various over-sized play structures made the scene look like a small carnival packed with people. I could feel the energetic vibe emulating from all the excited children running and laughing! They were totally ecstatic! 

Mari, a cute young woman of Japanese descent who I worked with when we were deputy prosecuting attorneys greeted me, “Hey Jon, you enjoying playing out there?” She was smiling at me.

“You mean what I’m trying to do with my career?”

“Yeah. I left too. I know how you felt. I’m doing my own stuff now and I enjoy it.” She looked at the towering ladder-like structure that slanted towards the gigantic slide but nowhere close to the largest slide. 

She led the way and climbed up. I followed right behind her. After much climbing, it felt nice to be near the top. However, a young blonde girl of about eleven or twelve years old blocked the way and wouldn’t let Mari pass.

“Could you get out of the way?” asked Mari. This wasn’t a question but a stern and direct order that was very unlike her usual sweet-sounding voice that was melodic to my ears. 

The girl stubbornly resisted and held her ground at the middle of the opening of the slide.

Looking up at them, I could see the girl’s expressions but I couldn’t see Mari’s face, just her backside. Then the girl moved to the side for us. I wondered why? I wondered what type of facial expression Mari had given to the girl? Regardless, the girl obeyed.

Upon reaching the top of the slide, there was another smaller girl about seven years old with dark brown to black hair and of Caucasian ethnicity who crouched to the side. Strangely, we had climbed so high but the way down the slide actually didn’t look too far down. Nor did it look as scary as I thought it would be. Mari gleamed brightly and pushed off, sliding down the slide with happiness. I could hear her release sounds of joy as her straight black hair blew away from the middle of her back. I pushed myself off the top and slid down after her. It felt nice, not just the ride with the cool breeze blowing against me but to be able to share this moment with her. 

Mari and I walked through the swarm of kids towards the largest slide in the playground.

“Hey Jon,” greeted Danny, another former deputy prosecuting attorney with an ethnicity of Japanese and I believe Korean. He was younger than me. I also worked with him at the Honolulu Prosecutor’s office. He smiled brightly, showing his white teeth. From my time with him, he was always smiling and full of positive energy. “Let’s go to the back of it,” he suggested as he pointed to an area behind the largest slide attraction. I agreed. We proceeded on our trek towards the back of the largest slide where a big crowd gathered in front, either waiting to ride it or cheering their friends sliding down it.

On our way there, I saw a current deputy prosecuting attorney watching some type of show on a stage that blasted a bright glow of orange. I never did look at the stage. It was as if the orange glow created a shield of overwhelming light that made it uncomfortable for me to look at. The thirty-something year-old attorney had a brown beard that matched his wavy brown hair. He acted overly confident and a bit arrogant. I sensed that he was one of those overzealous prosecutors who acted tough to cover-up their insecure personalities. I had never met him before, yet I somehow knew who he was. In fact, this person doesn’t exist in real life. He made an animal-like sound while keeping his mouth closed. The audience became distracted by his noise and looked around to see where it was coming from. After a few moments, he made the noise again. The crowd, once again disturbed, tried to figure out where that sound was coming from. 

I approached him. “I know it’s coming from you.” 

He snickered. “You do,” he answered. He walked past me with his chest puffed up and a cocky smile spread across his face. 

In a split second, I was behind the gigantic slide and walking behind Danny on a clay path that was cut into the gray hill where we stopped and stood, a good distance behind and to the side of the humongous slide. It was much quieter there. I would say it was the most peaceful moment in my dream.

“We’re the first in line for an amazing ride,” said Danny.

There was nothing around us. “What ride?” I asked. 

“An amazing ride will be built here,” he replied. He was so excited for something that didn’t exist yet. Upon noticing the disappointment on my face, Danny’s smile subsided.

In an instant, I appeared back in the Prosecutor’s building again with my mom and Mari near me. Mari was again leading the way. To our right, like props were two nurses holding babies on their laps. The first baby looked more like a kid about eight years old but scrawny and frail with a thin torso, thin legs, thin everything. He seemed to be mentally ill because of his uncontrolled talk that sounded like babbling and unusual body movements. He ended up pooping a green liquid on the nurse. It was then that I realized that he wasn’t wearing a diaper.

“I don’t think I want to work as a babysitter here,” I whispered to Mari.

We proceeded on. “Come!” Mari yelled as she dashed into a room filled with puppet-like workers that moved and bounced. I ran after her. There were so many of them, giving us very little space to go through. Some of the puppets were pulled up and down by strings attached to the ceiling. The rest were moving by something attached to the ground. They moved crazily around as we ran through them. I swear I heard these evil puppets laughing at us. 

Mari and I ran into an exercise room where all the gym equipment were moving and bending like they were the ones exercising! Living gym equipment. This is so weird. 

Then we entered the main room with a large open space where a mass of people were sitting on the floor, as if waiting for a speaker to appear before them. 

Mari disappeared from this scene. I was a bit sad. I wanted to spend more time with her, talk with her, at least tell her what an amazing time I had with her.

I found my mom again in front of the entrance of another room. We entered an empty room with more people in it. It was at this point the building started to shake. The walls moved in and out so strongly that you would get glimpses of the gloomy outside when the walls separated from one another momentarily. 

“We gotta get out of here,” I told my mom. We ran out of the room. People were scrambling everywhere in the main area. We kept running until we found a door for us to exit.

Outside, I saw people walking up a cemented stairway further away. Among them, I saw former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. Above all of us, the brown and maroon skies were swirling like a storm was being mixed violently.

When we were further away from the building, I looked back and realized that the large facility we were in was just a little house.

My mom and I ended up sitting on the middle of a bench seat in the back of a very wide bus that doesn’t exist in the real world. We were surrounded by a pack of people, all sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. In the middle of the bus, I saw the cocky attorney with the beard sitting on a bench seat. Near him were about three African American gang members. They were standing against the side of the bus. The attorney said something to them that outraged them. Consequently, they jumped the attorney and began punching him with all they had. 

“Stop!” I yelled at them. The crowd in the bus was too thick for me to move forward to help the poor attorney. 

“Stop it!” I shouted again. The gang stopped beating him. I thought the gang was now going to the attack me. However, strangely, they either pretended like I didn’t exist or they they actually didn’t know I was present in the back of the bus. The attorney put a blanket over his head and started to bawl loudly like a child.

That’s how my dream ended. When I woke up, my anxiety had subsided. I felt more at peace. The dream was so strange but interesting. I wonder if there’s a meaning behind it? I feel like it is encouraging me to keep pursuing my out-of-the-box ideas to build a new me and leave my unhappiness behind. It’s also telling me to stick with positive people who will help guide me through my madness. 

#dream #dreams #weird #strange #prosecutors #attorneys #law #politics #children #good #evil #message #meaning #future #hope

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Creative Writing, Law, Life, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivational, Poems, Writing

At all times, we get a hell of a story.


It’s so far away.

Sometimes we get there.

Other times we don’t.

At all times, we get a hell of a story.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, April 12, 2019 –

#poem #poems #poetry #poet #creativewriting #writing #writings #reader #readers #book #books #fiction #nonfiction #author #authors #journey #process #goals #vision #hustle #grind #quote #quotes #writer #writers

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Fiction, Goals, Life, Love, Poems, Quotes, Writing

At all times, we get a hell of a story.


It’s so far away.

Sometimes we get there.

Other times we don’t.

At all times, we get a hell of a story.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, April 12, 2019 –

I took this picture in Waikele, Hawaii on March 18, 2019.

#poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #quote #writer #writingcommunity #novels #books #business #entrepreneurship #reader #readers #photography #skypictures #skyporn #skypicture #hawaiiphotography #hawaiilife #dreams #goals #vision #process #journey #stories #storytelling

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, branding, Business, Career, Consistency, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Fiction, Life, Love, Quotes, Stories, Writing

Blast away to our stars where we can be who we want to be.


Fly away with me.

Break these walls of society.

Blast away to our stars

where we can be who we want to be.

We’ll create for those who believe.

The haters can’t judge what they can’t see.

One thousand true fans are all we need.

We’ll plant our love, seed by seed.

With patience and time, we will succeed.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 4/7/2019 –

I dedicate this poem to all you working on your dreams. Like many of you, I’m going through the process. Despite the tears, anxiety, and stress, keep working at it day by day! By doing so, we will improve ourselves by 1% or more everyday. No matter what, we will gain knowledge, skills, and relationships! Getting our dream is the bonus.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#poem #poems #poetry #poet #quotes #quote #writing #creativewriting #writings #fiction #motivationalquotes #motivational #business #career #books #novels #entrepreneur #lifecoach #create #chooseyourself #reinventyourself #dreams #goals #vision #mission #reader #readers

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Community, Consistency, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Goals, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Motivational, Poems, Positive Living, Productivity, Quotes, Writing

Quadrupling Down in My Race Against Time – Race Against Time Part X


I have so much #gratitude for Starbucks @starbucks , especially the @waikelestarbucks @waikelepo because the baristas are so nice and the #vibe is good. I can #work there for 10 hours straight. Pictured here are some free samples: a brownie and the Pink Drink! Grateful ! Got my constant companion, my @apple #macbookpro #laptop ! 💻

For the past few years, I feel like almost every month or two, someone I know dies. My last poem was about racing against time. It’s the 9th time since 2004 that I’ve titled a post on my website “Racing Against Time.” We have to go all-out on what we want to do before our time in this realm expires. I’m super #thankful to have lived this long and experienced many things I envisioned #accomplishing but I still have so much more on my mind that I need to execute before I die. I’m quadrupling down on my work and going harder now! 💻

My friends, keep going, keep loving, and keep smiling! 😀

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#keepgoing #hustle #grind #read #learn #write #relationships #consistency #dailyhabits #smallwins #business #career #love #mindful #mindfulness #happy #process #workanywhere #books
#novels #poems #law #fiction

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Computer, Consistency, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Exercise, Family, Fiction, Friends, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Health, Law, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Motivation, Nonfiction, Poems, Positive Living, Productivity, Quotes, Stories, Study, Writing

“I’m Racing Against Time” – Racing Against Time Part IX


You elevated me with this high.

Break open another special moment.

I hold my heart. It’s thumping. I’m still alive.

How many thumps do I have left before I die?

Back at my computer, I download my mind.

I have to keep going. I’m racing against time.

I have more to do, more to share.

My joy, my pain, how much I care.

Detach the anger, detach the hate.

If we all have love, we can determine our world’s fate.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 4/3/2019 –

I took this picture in Waikele, Hawaii on 2/19/19.

#poem #poems #poetry #poet #writing #writer #creativewriting #quote #quotes #fiction #story #storytelling #novel #book #author #entrepreneur #motivational #motivationalquotes #motivationalquote #inspiringquotes #reader #readers #poemoftheday #spilledthoughts #nonattachment #love

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Consistency, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Family, Friends, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Motivational, Poems, Productivity, Quotes, Stories, Study, Writing

Thank you so much to Hawaiian Electric and Drive Electric Hawaii for the power bank! I will make good use of it in my daily hustle on my projects as I move about in mass transit! I’ll never forget this moment.I’m super grateful!


Thank you so much to Hawaiian Electric @hawaiianelectric and Drive Electric Hawaii @driveelectrichi for the power bank, which I’ve been wanting for about 5 months!!! I’m super #grateful !!! I’ll make really good use of them in my daily #grind on my #work !!! I got them at First Hawaiian Bank’s @fhbhawaii 2019 First Hawaiian International Auto Show at the Hawaii Convention Center @hawaiiconvention on Sunday March 31, 2019. Now, more than ever, since I don’t drive, and instead, catch the bus to all my meetings and events, I’ve been needing one of these to recharge my @samsungmobile Galaxy S7 Edge, which I use for #business and personal use. A couple of times my #smartphone ran out of power while in transit. My friend Brandon Mitsuda @brandon_mitsuda gave me his since he already has his own.

I’ve been undergoing a lot of #anxiety for close to 4 years, working on #start-up projects. The fear of the uknown, what will happen in the future can really beat you down. Last night, I looked up on the Internet “How do you know you’re on the right path?” that led me to reading a bunch of articles and blogs on the subject. There’s so much we can’t control. I do my best to dissipate the dark cloud of #anxiety by working everyday on the things I can control, and being present and enjoying the #process the best I can since I get a high off of #learning , building my #skills , and bonding with people. 💻 📖

I wish you the best in your process and your #journey of ups and downs. I feel it’s better to give it your all and find out than to not try and wonder what could’ve happened. Also, cherish those positive people in your life who make you feel better. They make you feel like everything is going to be okay, like how my friend Brandon Mitsuda lifts my soul. As long as we’re still alive, we have another day to live fully. This is something to be grateful for!!! Crush it my friends!!! 😊 🙌

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#thankful #gratitude #powerbank #hawaiianelectric #driveelectrichawaii #firsthawaiianautoshow #bepresent #livenow #mindfulness #mindful #dailywork #stepbystep #dailypractices #dailyhabits #smallwins #career #personallife #mentalhealth #positivemindset #motivated #motivational #friends #positivepeople

Power Banks from Hawaiian Electric and Drive Electric Hawaii at the 2019 First Hawaiian International Auto Show at the Hawaii Convention Center on Sunday March 31, 2019. 

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Gratitude, Life, Life Coach, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivational, Positive Living, Quotes