Down in the British Virgin Islands, there is this little hut called the Soggy Dollar and will serve a variety of things but their only requirement is that it has to be paid with cash. Which is funny because in order to get to the beach you must jump from your boat and swim to shore due to the way the beach/sand and all of that other confusing things are in this part of the world.
So of course I was interested, then I was even more delighted when I came upon these palm trees and hammock, I spent quite a bit time in there as I had just finished a 10 mile Hike.
I would be a Poet, I would be a Singer-Songwriter, I would be fluent with words at speaking engagements, I would be a Painter, I would be a sketch Artist, I would be a Graffiti Guru, I would be mountain climber, I would be a fighter of causes, I would be kayaker, I would be a swimmer, I would be a World Traveler, I would be a Nobel Prize Winner, I would have an Oprah Sticker on my Book, I would be a Rock Climber, I would be Road Biker (bicycling), I would Passionate if Only I….
What Holds us Back? I suppose if I excelled at all these things, time would not be an issue with me, sleep would not be needed and food was only a substance I thought about from time and again. I think I would be a machine. How often do we all have so many interests, so many desires, so many things we want to accompish to the point where it feels like an overload! We feel exhausted and end up doing nothing. Or watching someone else do one of these things to the point of perfection and saying to ourselves “I want to do that” and then watching someone else do something to the point of perfection, us then thinking “why can’t I do THESE things” truth is we can’t. We are not Machines, we can’t master everything. Finding our passion and sticking with it is the hardest thing any one of us can do. I think after 28 years, I have found my passion. My Realistic Passion. Traveling, Photography, little Writings. So what if I’m not Shakespeare, Monet or Bono. I can only do so much and I am happy with that. Are You Happy?
I’m sure like all of you have seen when you go into a store, bank, coffee shop etc and glance at what people are doing on their phones or computers you’ll see the infamous Facebook Heading Logo at the top of their screen. Now-a-days it has gotten to the point where I don’t think anything of it, other than that I think it’s funny how they are using company time to update and read useless status’ that seem to numb our minds from any challenging thought. Perhaps they are just on a “mental break” or perhaps this is their hundredth mental break of the day and its only 10:30 A.M. Regardless of the matter or reason they have the right to do what they want in their Own Time, but on company time? that’s just sad.
In case you fine folks are making fun of me or snickering at the fact that I used the word Dumberist in my title, it just makes me wonder. If we spend (not all) but most of our extra time on things like facebook, in 20 to 30 years will we not be dumber than our ancestors 100 years ago that would dive into books and libraries? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m no book worm but I find it useful to find something I’m interested in and attack it. Get to know every little thing about it until one day I either A: get sick of it or B: know enough about it to be decent or good at whatever it is I’m learning or C: just be content with the information I have on it and go on to the next thing.
Facebook is useful- but is it popularity to have 1,200 friends yet Always be Alone? is it “Funny” to post a status update that you’re drinking Mountain Dew and it almost spilled on your cat? or is it even “Cool” to update your friends that you stayed up late playing Call of Duty so your calling into work to sleep in? (then most likely get fired since employers are now checking these things periodically). Yea, I guess it is funny and I guess it is cool in some sense I just think its getting way out of hand and its making us Dumb. I just saw an advertisement that there is now a phone that actually has a Facebook Button on the keyboard for quick access to it. The Line has Been Drawn My Friends. Let’s hope it doesn’t go any further than that.
Have fun and See Ya on Facebook!
Oh right! the photo! well isn’t that a fancy baby sunflower? I thought so, I loved it and even printed it out myself. But the sky is what really blows my mind. Showing the delicateness of the flower and then the robust sky and the huge but in the pic tiny tree in the background. Awe peaceful serenity. This was done on an evening in September that got me so excited to come home and play around with the processing. I must say myself it turned out pretty good.
Today I cleaned out what I called my “treasure chest” a chest full of memories that gave me warm-fuzzies similar to those that you feel when you think of a nice wooden fire brewing in a fireplace during Christmas time. It’s always hard to throw out things when you find a hand written message to your momma that you wrote when you were age 4 that looks like a schizophrenic on crack wrote. But there always comes a time when you have to separate emotions and logic… So I kept it. This Post goes out to all you wonderful children out there making memories that one day you’re gonna grow to Love and adore that is worth more than any amount of money. Yes, Even that dirty-wrinkled-nasty-blankey that has rat poop all over will bring you endearing thoughts of Joy and Love.. This Post Goes out to her….
The world Stops to look at a little child in her own little world staring off in a little thought of wonder. I would have loved to have known what she was thinking at the time of looking into this massive yet wonderful fountain. I would have asked her if she had known english. She was probably thinking “I wonder when can I get my next piece of candy” – but then maybe this is the moment she decided that she Loves the water, or architecture, or art in its true form, or just simply maybe she was just learning to relax – because as children may have it “easier” (so we Adults think) they really have it hard, every day is a new experience for them, what if that was still like this today for us “older n wiser”. Anyway, this was in Paris, France- she caught my eye and I hope she catches your heart. Good Night.
Accidental Photos- Those photos that look amazing by accident. Not much post-processing, not much planning, just sort of a “hip-shot” if you will. The photo you get by just pointing around and clicking, talk about a fun-frustrating exercise right? Anyway, this is a pier in the suburb of Seattle that really took my breath away upon this duskly-warm summer evening. The simplicity of wood and light that made this particular accidental photo really pop. I don’t think I even ran it through lightroom let alone photoshop! Talk about perfection of elements all coming together to make one perfect moment in time. Thanks Nikon for capturing this for me.