This photo reminds me of my cross country road trip. The endless open, like the ocean. The quiet thoughts while driving during sunset. I enjoyed being on the road. I had more of a feeling of ‘having everything’ than I do now. Going from place to place, no agenda, no destination. Some days I’d give anything to be out there again. Truly living life in such a way of simplicity.
Today I finally got my tattoo. I’ve been wanting to do this for almost a year now and was always too busy or didn’t have enough money. I got some money this year for Christmas to get it done and decided it was time. This quote comes from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s one of my most favorite books and one of my most favorite authors. It comes from a passage near the end of the book. It goes, “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” I love this quote and I love what it means. This world is absolutely incredible and it is there just waiting to be seen. I have always wanted to travel the world, to see as much as I can possibly see. I’m also a photographer so I’m always looking for the next great photo. And this seeing is not just with your eyes. Look at things a little harder and little deeper. Really take the world in. There is so much more to things than what you first see. I can’t put it any better than how Bradbury did. This world really is fantastic.
I just wanted to say thanks to Nick and Hannah for coming along with me. This was my first tattoo, so I was a little nervous. But it all went well and it didn’t hurt too bad. I didn’t pass out or anything. Also thanks to everyone who gave me money so I could get it.
The tattoo was done by Scott at Midwest Tattoo Co. in Indianapolis. It’s a great place and worth checking out.
Timing. Everything in life is about timing. It can make or break a situation, relationship, ruin a good thing or make a good thing horrible. Tonight I believe some things in my life have come full circle. I’ve realized things I’ve suppressed for four years, cried & tried holding on to a piece of my past that wanted to run faster than a wild horse. Part of healing is letting go I suppose. Its hard to let go when you don’t have closure. I don’t know if tonight was closure or complicated things more than they had been.
Love isn’t black & white.
Today was our one free day before classes start and we have to get back into a routine. I spent the day checking out a few buildings, shopping, reading and relaxing. Felt good to relax in my own room with a good book.
After finally finishing a hard and somewhat boring book, I got to move on to a new book, this one in particular. It feels good to relax with a good book, one I actually enjoy. It helps me relax and take a break from everything else going on. I get to just live in another world for a little while.
For some reason I could not sleep tonight. I was not tired, though I should have been, and I was completely restless. I tossed and turned and tried but just couldn’t fall asleep. So I got up and walked downstairs with this book. I’ve been reading it for a while and it hasn’t been the easiest to get through. But reading a book has always helped me slow down and relax. It calms me down and helps me sleep. I don’t know why, but it always works.
It was one of those days. Good and bad mixed together. It was hard to say whether it was a good day or a bad day. Lots of shit on my mind. School, work, money, bills, life. But also the sky, a book, the corn, Her, fireworks, and laughter. I read a book by my favorite author and was happy and an hour later some thoughts that I wish I didn’t have, but I do have, creeped in again and darkened everything. Things I know I shouldn’t think, but I do anyway. I don’t think I can help it. It’s just me. These days come and go though. The day passes and you simply wish that tomorrow will have more good and less bad.
WooHoo!! Its here!! I now have 52 reasons to travel…you can’t really have a book with blank pages 😉 I’ve never been out of the country, it’s too big with to much to offer for me to be here in midwest Indiana. My first stamp is just around the corner!
As we sat on the couch watching TV, Hannah said we should camp out inside, stay up late and read books some time. I agreed and then she said we should do it tonight, because I had my tent with me. So we got the tent and actually set it up in the middle of her living room. It took up the entire living room and was a little difficult to set up. Then we filled it with blankets and pillows and started reading this old, badly written murder mystery book to each other. We had planned to stay up late and read all sorts of books, but we just ended up falling asleep.
In about a week and a half I will be on my way to the Biggest Week in Birding which takes place up along Lake Erie and the state parks outside of Toledo. Thousands of birders from all over the U.S. and the world come to bird the marshes, woods, wetlands, and water of Northern Ohio. There is a massive Warbler and songbird migration taking place and they flock to this little area. I was lucky enough to go last year for about two days and it was amazing. This year I’ll be up there longer and I’ll be camping, so it should be very fun. I can’t wait to finish school and get up there to find some amazing birds. In the meantime I’ll be studying my field guides and planning out where all I’ll be going.