That banner image up there is one of my personal original photos. I won’t go so far as to say it’s my favorite photo I’ve ever taken, but it is near the top. It’s titled “Commencement”.
It was taken at dawn on the morning of April 4th, 2014. At 6:17am to be precise. In Mesa, Arizona. Two days later, I broke someone’s heart…someone who was with me, right by my side, when this photo was taken. I broke her heart for reasons which I thought would be for her own good. I hope it was. But sadly, sometimes we don’t get to know these things. And I do often wonder.
Life has a way of getting you down sometimes.
When that photo was taken, I was probably at my happiest in my adult life. I was energized, let’s say. I either biked or hiked every morning. Swam every day. And again biked or hiked every evening. Taking photos all along the way. Well, except for while swimming.
When I left Arizona, I walked into a world of shit here at home in North Carolina. I had to do it, family needed me here. I won’t go into any further details than that, though some of you know them already anyway. But that is the biggest reason why I felt I had to break this girl’s heart. Did I make the right choice? I’ll always wonder, but I’ll never know.
The reason I’m even telling you this though is that life isn’t always what we want it to be. In fact it often isn’t. You have to do the best you can with the hand(s) you’re dealt. That is what character and integrity are all about. We don’t always make the right choices or decisions. But that’s OK, because no one else does either.
When a choice or decision goes awry, it’s very easy to let it get you down and lose sight of the fact that there are still good, wonderful and beautiful things out there to be experienced. And if you let life get you down too much, you can miss out on those things. I did that for far too long and now I’m trying to be better about it.
This photo here was taken on November 22, 2017. At 5:50pm to be precise. In North Carolina.
It’s titled “Viva La Vida” . On the website where I share my photos with others, and where others share their photos (and other art) with me, this is the “caption” accompanying this particular photo…
Live Your Life.
Even if yesterday wasn’t ideal, don’t let it stop you from living today. And tomorrow.
None of us ever know how much time we’ve got left, and there’s a lot out there to see and do.
Again….. Why am I telling you all of this? Hell man, I told you all last week that I might ramble this week.
You were warned.
Life can be good, sometimes VERY good, as long as we let it be.
So stop fucking around and go live it, already.
The origins of why/how this week’s theme came about is complicated. Multifaceted, let’s call it.
Without insinuating myself to too much of a degree, this is the nitty gritty of it….
Have you ever dated a girl, a really attractive girl? She’s great and wonderful (mostly) and you have a good time with her for all intents and purposes…more or less. And then you end up going and meeting the family. And you then meet her sister?
Now I’m not saying this hypothetical sister is better looking, necessarily. Or even better in any other way. Allegedly. But there is something about her which you find difficult to resist. Perhaps she’s even more compatible with….well….let’s just say “more compatible with your sick twisted urges”. Yeah, that sounds right.
But…Yeah. You see what I’m getting at. It’s an impossible road to navigate, trust me.
The original girl will hate you. Their parents will hate you, which precludes a decent relationship going forward. And yes, the “newer” (but not necessarily) “better” sister eventually will choose them over you. As she should…of course. Because you’re a sick and twisted asshole.
But the point is that this leaves you to be condemned as the asshole of the situation, even if you were open and honest with all of them, while they stabbed each other in the back all along the way.
Trust me, I know from where I speak.
The hot sister tag team threesome is still always something that is intriguing for us sickos, however. The temptation of making the attempt is difficult to resist in the moment. I get it. Trust me, I get it. But just don’t do it.
UNLESS YOU’RE DAMNED SURE THEY’RE BOTH INTO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meh…live and learn.
Now the main focus tonight is not about twins, necessarily. It seems like a waste to me, quite frankly. Not that I don’t see the appeal, don’t get me wrong. But personally, I like a little variety and don’t need two gals who look exactly the same.
But still, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least touch on that…
Holy Shit!!!! Forget what I said before. I vote YES on twins. Ay Carumba!!!!!!
We’re definitely doing a full blown (giggity) Twins theme at some point.
There’s also triplets, FWIW…
Cliff Claven: It’s a little know fact that identical twins (or triplets, or whatever) can only happen when the female’s egg has already been fertilized. By some magical process there, it then splits and develops into two or more completely separate but genetically identical beings. It really is a wonder of biology, Norm.
tWBS’ Full Disclosure: I have nieces who are identical twins and they are both a huge pain in my ass. So fuck you, Cliff.
Back On Track
Seriously, tonight’s theme really wasn’t supposed to be about twins, it was a mere tangent I went with there for a moment. Though I’m now regretting that slightly. But as I said a moment ago, we’ll fully explore (giggity) twins at some point.
But tonight is about two particular girls. They are sisters. As I said at the outset, I’m not going into details about why they became this week’s theme.
But I give you…
Cassandra and Jackie Dawn.
(Rikki-Tikki-Deadly might want to loosen his pants…presuming he’s even still wearing any at this point)
The rest of the photos of them, you’ll have to figure out on your own which is which. They aren’t identical twins though, so if you look, you’ll be able to figure it out. And I promise, even if you can’t figure out who is who, you’ll have a great time trying…
OKAY!!!!! Time to stop right there while I still have at least a little bit of blood still flowing to my brain.
But I bet Thanksgiving dinner at the parents’ would be fun, AMIRITE??????
Cherish What You Have
You never know when it might be gone.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.