Goodbye 2015: I’ll Never Forget You

As it happens to be the last day of 2015, I decided it would be fitting to write a year-end post. When looking back on years past, I would have to say that this has been my most inspiring, productive, … Continue reading

Shed Your Shell

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Things get a little dim sometimes; lost in transition.  You’ve got to take a moment every so often to get back what you hid in the shadows.  Spinning and spinning until fragments of yourself fall, giving way to what lies beneath.  Raw and vulnerable, without your shell, you have forgotten what it is to be guarded.  The walls you used to keep high have disappeared and you can’t even place when it happened.  You don’t even remember what it was like to be so withdrawn.

You had never known you could become so jaded.  You never knew that it could go away either.  But  you did, and it has.

The world around you is just as cold and dangerous as before, but you don’t care.  You see what is beautiful and you are basking in it.  It can’t hurt you anymore.  The lights are out, but you can see it all so much more clearly than before.  The limitless horizon is open before you.  Run into it.  Don’t bother to look back, it’s all behind you now and what is to come can only be better.  You weren’t supposed to stay behind if that’s not where you find yourself today.  Move forward, let it go.

Those thoughts you’re having – the anxiety, the pain, the fear, the self-consciousness – let them go.  You are who you are and that is all you need to be.  Let yourself go, give into yourself and move to the beat of your passions.  You won’t let anyone ever make you feel small again, you won’t even consider letting them.

The seriousness is all a joke, none of it really matters in the end.  All that matters is that you smiled, if even just to yourself.  A smile makes up for every bad thing in your day, every negative thought.  When they come up, just smile.  None of that matters, push it away with a smile and move on.  People have a very hard time moving on from these small, simple nuances during their days and over time, these things accumulate into a darkness that sits inside.  They put up walls and guard their hearts against the world so much so, that not even the good can get in anymore.  Where did you go?

More Birds, Bugs, and Boats

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There ended up being quite a few pictures I took that did not get inserted into my blog posts about my Kootenay travels so here are a few more of my favourites for your enjoyment. Here are a couple of … Continue reading

Birds, Bugs, and Boats Behind

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Part III The Unlocking The day to go North came so very quickly and before I knew it, I was on a bus filled with strange faces, on my way to a place I honestly didn’t really feel like going … Continue reading

Birds, Bugs, and Boats Cont.

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Part II The Unlearning What began as an innocent dip of my toes into what my dad likes to call the “boat life”, became a complete lifestyle transformation.  I lived in rolled up jeans and bare feet, showering became a … Continue reading

Birds, Bugs, and Boats

Alas, I have returned.  I guess it has been about seven months since I’ve posted anything really but it wasn’t just a break from my blog… I ended up taking a whole break from my entire life as some would … Continue reading

The Storm That Built Us (a short ponder)

Life is filled with many things.  It is a journey we all travel, yet our paths are not all the same.  Hardships and good times will bury us in emotion.  Some of us will have lives with less balance and for some, it will be a pretty smooth ride.  However, despite all of our differences, we all have a storm that we must get through.

The storm is something in this life that no one can escape; for the storm rages inside of us.  This storm teaches us.  It teaches us the art of compassion, forgiveness, kindness, acceptance, and appreciation among many other essential values.  The storm may not be fair, and it sure as hell may not be kind but it is necessary.  “Why is it necessary?” you might ask.  Well for many reasons, and most importantly, our growth as emotional beings.

Lots of us will wonder why, and many of us won’t ever get an answer that satisfies us.  Nothing is for certain and not many people are comfortable with that.

Life is jam packed full of emotion; Emotion that makes you shiver, emotion that makes you scream, dance, cry, and laugh.  Life is nothing without this emotion.  It is an empty house on an empty avenue, with no one to turn the lights on.  I would like to think that perhaps it is the storm that causes us to shiver with ecstasy; for without the storm, we may not be human at all.

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