This was a fun way to wrap up the year last time, so I’m doing it again.
1. Life is unexpected… extremely, off-balancing unexpected. Sometimes that’s a good thing (sometimes). You wake up not really knowing what’s going to happen throughout the day, who you might meet, what thoughts you’ll have and how all that will impact your decisions and, ultimately, lead you to uncertain consequences.
Unexpected things, like new friendships!
Or getting two bucks and then finding you can’t cash it cause the lottery worker at Koshers already went home.
Or posing for a picture like this when the photographer says “Smile!”
Unexpected things, like trying new things at new places!
Or maybe even falling in love.
Some things can stay the same.
Knowing there’s always an unknown risk makes me want to take in the world like there’s no tomorrow. Everyday has become much more meaningful.
I went home over winter break and was greeted by Christmas decorations! When I asked Mom what was up, she said, “Isn’t this what you’ve always wanted?” I almost cried right then. When I was little, I always wanted my family to celebrate Christmas the way it was advertised– tree, gift, and all– a part of me desperately wanted my family to become more American. But the moment I almost cried, I realized that I had gone far past caring for my family’s assimilation and materialistic objects. I only cared to be at home with my family.
2. I know nothing. Just when I think I kind of have control of the reigns, life throws me off the saddle and kicks me in the face. I’ve been branded young & naive. There’s another level of the world I can’t even begin to imagine– a gut feeling about it, you know. I wonder if I will be brave enough to face the world for what it is.
I passed this bench in a plaza on the way to buy cookies. My aunt gave me a puzzled look when I stopped to take a picture.
How do places like this exist?
Good lord. At least I’m learning.
Our neighbor’s puppy. She was the sweetest thing– never barked or whined, and she silently craved attention. I think the neighbors had bought her for their son, and after a while the son got tired of playing with it. Sometimes when it rained, the puppy would be left outside. It got to a point where our other neighbor crossed their fence to give the puppy a bowl of water during harsh summer heat. Eventually she was given to owners who could properly take care of her.
It’s about how it makes you all feel, man.
3. Don’t take things too seriously. Anyone would go crazy if they took life seriously all the time. I’ve found humor to be the best medicine for all except Kim Jung Un. Have you ever noticed how the morning light reflects on objects in your room or the awkward way the stranger in front of you walks? The world will always move forward regardless of how you’re feeling, but this doesn’t mean that it’s okay to run away from your problems.
Photo shoot with friends!
Play hard (me and my co-worker on my last day!)
Can I get my one now?
At the hotel in Florida, a photographer offered his service for free. In this shot, he told us to pretend like the bench was levitating.
I guess he didn’t like the last one enough to do the “levitating” effect. Posterize and sharpen were his favorite effects. He also had us pose awkwardly against trees and had us skipping across a lawn arm-in-arm.
4. I am my worst enemy. There’s nothing else that holds me back. I want to become a better, stronger person!
I WILL PROVE YOU WRONG DAMNIT
People go after their dreams everyday.
We all want to be remembered, right? At the end of ON THE RUN, B and Jay performed “Forever Young.” It got real emotional.
I cannot for the life of me make scrambled eggs. This was my second or third lifetime attempt at it. I can make sunny side up though (the best way to have eggs).