I was going to call this: ‘How to lead a good life’, but that might be misleading… No need to look for trouble, it will find you! The purpose of this entry, is to define the connection between staying young, and staying enthusiastic about living: because really, you can’t do one without the other. Be prepared therefore, for a somewhat extensive introduction for a somewhat needful topic. In fact, this whole post may skirt about so much preparation, as to consume this entire freaking entry! fortunately for you, I don’t give a spit! In this case, necessity is the mother of my intention.
In past articles concerning life or death, (there’s only the two choices) I’ve tried to emphasize that if you just try, anything is possible, BUT NOBODY EVER LISTENS TO ME! So… Greater emphasis on how to control the A-Bomb that seems to be exploding your guts all over my screen, seems to be in order… We must shed our bad habits, and nuns, so that we may see the reasons to work on both physical, and mental prowess with greater gusto, (gusto? What’s that? An Italian wind?) so that the urgency of self-preservation become more real, with tangible results, making themselves a parent! LOL! And what better way to do that but through my own practice experience.
We all confront ourselves with the question, whether we’ll admit it or not, of whether or not God truly exists at all… Scientists see a series of haphazard events, not so uncommon throughout the rest of the universe as to how and why life started. If that’s true, and you only have this one chance, wouldn’t you want to take in everything you possibly can understand about the wide, wonderful world before you actually bite the dust, buy the farm, kick the bucket, find the subway…
And if God does exist? I seem to recall Adam and Eva Braun, standing in: ‘The Garden of Hedonism’, refusing God’s gift of ‘Ever Lasting Life’, stating that we could accomplish that for ourselves, and God saying something like: ‘Go for it!’ and initiating a kind of ‘non-interference’ policy regarding human endeavor! He didn’t laugh and say we’re full of spit! Did He? So… It would seem by this, that God, a parent, Lea, has a good deal more faith in us, than we have in Him! Either way, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you! And those who choose not to respect their life are also choosing not to respect God to! Yes?
And we’re close! Many in the medical profession believe that the person who will live to be 1000 years old, is already alive today! So… Part one here, is all about dropping our excess baggage, before we can even begin to slow the effects of aging! It will be no easy task to abandon the CRAP we’ve come to know and love. Perhaps even insurmountable when it all boils down to quitting zombie like drugs and fair weather friends. The real friends would stay… Maybe one, if that.
The Dream is Over!
What did John Lennon mean by: ‘The Dream is Over’? Quite simply, he meant that we should learn to wake up and start facing things as they really are: perhaps his way of saying not to put all your eggs in the same basket. We learn by doing, not by praying. Funny how people are! Huh?
I’ve heard a person brag about their new-found health because they had quit smoking. At the same time, they refused to give up pot. That’s like avoiding to be hit by a car, so you can be hit by a bus! Just one average sized joint (about the size of a football stadium), has the carcinogens of 10 cigareets… So… Two joints equal a whole pack of cigareets, so who’s quit anything in actual fact? We rationalize our way through life to feel better perhaps, but we’re only fooling ourselves!
I was a zombie too. Yet when I quit smoking pot and cigareets, and quit drinking, it was like I’d opened my eyes to a whole new world around me! I was much more aware of my surroundings, able to actually think and feel again, and my angst simply vanished into thick air! I was alive and I knew it! Praise Cheeses!
What say you now? Does real change rest with the economy, education, global warming, immigration? Or does it reside within each one, as a personal responsiblity to ourselves, and to everyone we encounter? I’m not saying it will be easy! It’s one of the hardest and scariest things to do in this life! But it brings with it, love, peace, discipline, joy, understanding, and a much better altitude toward everything!
Yet there are those who will read this, and think I’m talking through my cap: dreaming the impossible! They’ll see only flaws, and miss all the good parts because they accept nothing on faith or trust: believe nothing but the surface of things, only acknowledging weakness, not only barring themselves from giving love, but receiving it as well. They will die alone, and be quickly forgotten because they never learned the one thing that could save them: ‘Compassion!’ Look it up… And if you like surprises, Google it!
Self discipline requires patience: you should never give up, not even once! For this may be a fall from which you will never recover! And patience requires not only will power, but a constant presence of mind, that you have a goal to achieve: and one after that, and one after that, and so on, until you become the person you wish to be. Patience also requires faith and trust in yourself to begin saying: ‘No!’ permanently to falsehood, and: ‘Yes!’ permanently to achievement… And the greater the reward, the longer it takes to achieve it.
There’s that dirty ‘self discipline’ phrase again! And that stupid: ‘I have the word SUCKER tattooed on my forehead!’ compassion, has also raised its ugly head! Tolerance means: I LOVE YOU!! And I’m going to put my hand into this burning fire until you say YOU LOVE ME… … … … ALRIGHT i HATE YOUR GUTS!!’ – Frank Goshen imitating Kirk Douglas. That’s how difficult holding onto tolerance can be! But if you lose it, your antagonizer has won! If you must, think of them as a pesky irritant you will one day whack with a fly swatter. Meanwhile, be tolerant! Tolerance, as you may have guessed by now, is why you must develop patience first. Forgive, and you will be forgiven! Put your heart into it…
What’s all this have to do with the title? Well, when you exercise, you take in more oxygen. And the more oxygen you take in, the more free radicals it makes in your body, until it overwhelms your body’s defenses and does damage to your DNA. When enough damage is done, you die. The technical term for it is called: ‘oxidative stress.’
So you see? I didn’t lie! Stop breathing now! LOL! This leaves us hopefully prepared for part 2, which promises to be much more interesting for you I trust. Meanwhile, contemplate what I’ve said here and of what significance it has for you. Have a whopping great day, and remember: Don’t breathe: Oxygen Kills… Any queries?
Ever feel out-of-place? Ever feel unloved or rejected, just because you don’t fit the mold others are prepared to see you in? Is it in fact a curse to be different? Are you really: ‘Out there!’ with your ideas, appearance, and actions? Well Thank God (Howard in Heaven… Howard be thy name!), that YOU are NOT alone! WEIRDO! LOL! Hey! Underneath, we’re all naked!
Take heart! The world doesn’t want to see: ‘The real you’, it wants to see the image it conjours of you: ‘How one ‘should’ appropriately conduct themselves within the confines of social acceptance. Going by your own rules is a no-no! So how do you be you, if the social norm puts restrictions on just who ‘you’ should be: as a neighbor, parent, worker, friend?
The fact is, the decision has always been yours… There are rewards and sacrifices no matter what you choose. The trick is to weigh out each situation correctly. Yes, saying exactly what you think, isn’t always what people always want to hear. Though they would respect and trust you more than someone who hides what they’re thinking, or wears a mask. Don’t trust anyone with a white horse, who says his name is Zorro!
There’s an up side to being a nobody too. People only kill who they love… But if you’re a nobody, please keep in mind that it’s not likely people will even know you’re in the same room with them! And feather more, risks can be taken responsibly, if all angles of approach are appropriately considered within reason. Don’t go playing the Hero, and go running in to douse an A-Bomb with a glass of water! Let’s consider your options…
Being a Professional
If you choose to be a Jerk for money, then you will always be recognized as a Jerk and can NOT suddenly change-up and be recognized as Collage Professor material from there. Once a Jerk, always a Jerk. That’s your label from now on, and it can’t be changed. Congratulations! You have become stereotyped! <Stamping ‘WAR’ on your forehead!>
This is one way I believe The System is flawed… I foresee a future in which many people will turn to computers so they can fit many personas into their lives and develop more well-rounded characters: lead more interesting lives than this stupid ‘sameness’ thing we all get so caught up in. Is it more safe for you? IT’S BORING!!
So What Is The Answer?
Become a wandering Vagabond! Seriously, if Christ said give all your possessions over to the poor (Me!), and follow me, Him, then why aren’t you doing that? Why are you still part of this world? Why not explore the world and see how it’s part of you? Haven’t got the money? I went 3000 miles on 47 cents and a package of cheese slices! I learned more on that journey than I ever could have at any factory, institution, or administrative job. For one thing, I learned that you don’t have to make money to enjoy life: one can still earn their way through service, and still find time to explore!
Though nobody wants you to be, it’s important you be an outcast and a unicorn! Let others teach you what they know, rather than shoot your mouth off. It makes them think you like them… This way you can gain introspective into yourself, because we all carry similar thoughts, sensations, impressions etc..
After I do things, I like to imagine I was staring down at myself the entire time, observing my own gestures and actions. I know one thing: when I dream, I’m more often the observer than the participant. To me, this denotes that I’m sometimes afraid to take a chance… The pertinent question is: am I brave enough, informed enough, wise enough, humble enough, observant enough to take that chance? And in what way do others seem to approve of me? As a leader? Or a follower? All questions you must ask of yourself on the road of: ‘How to Really Be Someone!’ One thing’s for sure: ‘Wherever you go, there you are!’ – Total Recall
Rigg The Game In Your Favor!
You can’t improve upon perfection. The only thing you CAN do, is accentuate features… These Pansies are from Leslie’s garden. That’s usless to you. What you do need to know, is that all of her flowers are in pots! That means I can transport them from outside, to inside, on a table near a window, to catch some outside light. There, the plant is free from the swaying effect that wind can have on flowers.
If you’re taking a macro shot like the one above, any movement is greatly magnified, often resulting in blurry images. Too much color can be bad for jpgs. over time, causing uneven, and unsightly discoloration. In the case of flowers, the field is shallow, so depth of field is not so important. This is an excellent opportunity to use: ‘contrast’ to bring out color instead! I sometimes use a little spray bottle before I take the shot, to add interest. Perks up the flower too! And since pansies are small, and the droplets are big, they make a good candidate for that: ‘Fresh rain’ feeling…
Go for Lens Effects!
Here are some pansies, using a 24 mm wide angle lens from about 5 feet away…
Look at what happens to the perspective when you are only 1 foot away… All proportions are exaggerated! Now, they look like an angry mob! Even if you’re out standing in your field because: ‘There’s a Nuke Hid in Town!’, if you love what you’re doing, and are willing to experiment, the results are bound to be good!
A Labor of Love:
You would not believe how small this flower is. However, at full size, the picture is a foot by a foot and a half. So this little guy looks enormous at that size. And it came covered in dirt specs less than a pin head in size, so quite invisable in the sun: where I was standing when I took this shot.
All you can do, is find the larges clear spot, and adjust your clone tool to that size, and start clicking away… It took me a full hour to get it all! I look at it this way. Though the task seems enormous, with patience, it can be accomplished! Some of the others were just as bad. Like I always say: ‘It’s what you don’t see that brings on the perfection flowers so richly deserve!
See how this leaves a clear space on the left for peoples icons: a good idea to keep in mind, if you like desktop pictures. Some peole do and some don’t. So, once in a while is all that’s necessary. These shots would all still be clear at 18″ x 24″. If you intend to make any hard copies, be sure and convert the file from RGB to CMYK.
Here’s the orchid from afar… Beautiful isn’t it? Orchids are very fussy and hard to grow! Most people just over water them and they die from root rot. You should water them once every three weeks, give them indirect sun, and never spray them! This does well as an indoor plant. Expensive though. This one cost me $22, plus thumb tax!
Be sure and view all these at full size! They are perfect macros: I’m using a half life size, Canon 50 mm. lens in conjuction with tubing, to give me up to twice life size, which is pretty close! I prefere tubbing because having no added glass between you and your subject, hence means, no degregation in quality. Enjoy!