I hope children today still get to read the stories my generation grew up with – fables, parables, etc… they contain strong, stirring, value-laden imagery that we honestly need more of. Case in point – the dog and his reflection. Young people nowadays (think they) know what they want, not necessarily a good thing because they want a lot, they want more, and then they’ll want everything. They’ll justify they deserve it, after working hard, after persevering, or after giving their best; and what they have is simply not enough. Is it really not enough? Do you really need more? Take eating for example: you used to eat simply and just enough. And then you get more money to eat lavishly at a restaurant with big servings. You think you have to finish everything because you paid for it and it’s definitely scrumptious. And then your tummy expands, your waist line increases. You adjust to how you want to live. And how you want to live is how you see others are living, others who may have more that you, and who already have that lifestyle to begin with. It’s not mandatory to automatically level up your needs as your resources grow. Have you tended to those resources fully and responsibly already? Will you sacrifice your starting plot by already increasing your acreage? Can you honestly say you’re ready for what’s next? I hope you are. And i hope that you don’t sacrifice what you already have for what you think you want. Think twice and think hard. It’s very, very easy to reach out for more, knowing your own capabilities. But those capabilities have been honed for what you have. And you will start again somehow either with something more or in case you “drop your bone”, less. Then, in the latter, you also are not truly diminished. Experiences over time add on to how we are as a person. I only advise you to not be hasty in setting aside what you have for something more. You don’t know what you’ll get until you get it. But you can take care, love, and be grateful for what you already have.
Art. Kalila and Dimna.
You know what this feeling is. It’s pity. It’s not loving your self enough. It’s depending on others too much for your happiness or worth. And it’s never a good thing. You feel you’ve had enough, that it’s ok if it were to end. You can’t wait to pull each day to its conclusion hoping that maybe at the end of one is the happiness you seek. It doesn’t come. It doesn’t come to people who don’t have a sense of true happiness. It could already be there and it’s disregarded. You could have already been living it – a good, and happy life — and you’re still not satisfied. It’s a big problem. It’s your big problem. The people and situations you project this problem on to are least to blame. They don’t control you and neither can you control them. Want to be happy? Be happy. Quite simple and extremely hard too. It doesn’t mean having to let go of what you really are as person, but it does mean having to let go of unreasonable expectations of others too. You already know nothing’s perfect, and you try your best, but don’t force the same ideals you have on others. It will only bring disdain, frustration. You wouldn’t want anyone to force you to do something or be like someone, right? You want to make your own choices, you want to live your own life. So go choose, and live. And be happy. Learn, grow, help out, be good. Make mistakes, Feel happy or sad or mad or how you would be in certain circumstances. And then let it go for another feeling or experience, mostly happy, I hope. And yeah, hope. Hope a lot. Dream a lot. Love a lot. Cam a lot. I just had to throw that in there. No, I mean, remember it however you want to, but remember it as long as you can – the good stuff especially. I don’t believe life is too short. It’s just enough time to live a wonderful life and be with people you love. Oh, I’ll connect to how I began- it’s a life well lived if you’ve loved yourself, and others, and did the most good you can do. Not just one aspect, ok? But that’s just me. To each one’s own.
Tattoo reminds me of my old dog Rocky. Tattoo’s fur is so shiny. And he’s such a joy to walk. He gets excited when he knows he’ll be let out but once outside, he’s just a good boy. He’s about 4 years old and is available for adoption. Go adopt him already!
Last but not the least… the vehicles. Fire trucks, tractors, monster trucks, and a Delorean… back from the 80′s
The marching bands! Flag twirlers! And Mercedes! Is that her? Oh, oh, Beyonce! No… Bagpipe guys in skirts! Big bags, long pipes!
And colorful personalities! Harry Potter giving away candies… Snow White looked liked she had her a lot of candies prior to the parade… The Dwarves are not far behind… Mickey might be a little lost… Captain America and Batman racing… and an Alpaca!