The End, Beginning 201906232133

The fading evening sky hides

The blur of moving trees

In the distance, bright points of light

Like diamonds gleam

Through the tunnel, a rushing sound

A city and appears and then it is gone

Without a sound

My chair travels fast without moving

The minutes pass with every mile

The end is our beginning [o]

Taking Action, Eating Cake

Cakes and biscuits for breakfast.

This how I begin today. Not every day, I tell myself. I sit and tap away at a keyboard, unsure of what this blog is to become.

Does it matter if I write anything today? Are my experiences so unique that they require a global audience?

Yes, and no.

It matters that I write. Simply because activity changes a person. And change is good.

(Much like cake for breakfast)

The above statement takes 5 months to write. And 10 minutes to type out. And 1 minute to read. And 5 seconds to form an opinion.

You know what you have to do.

Just take a step today and see what happens.

A Kiss For All To See

“Places everyone…”

Right, here’s the next picture we’ll take a look at.

Say “cheese” in …3…2…1…

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Now this shot was taken in early 2014, on Camden High Street in Central London.
A typical overcast day, the start of the evening rush hour – I had just stepped off a red double-decker bus heaving with commuters when this sight greeted me.

Fortunately, my camera was in my hand and the shutter was pressed even before my brain had made sense of what I was witnessing.

“Oh yea, that’s a couple kissing on the street … no, wait –“
“A couple taking a selfie of their kiss on a crowde… hang on!”
“That’s a double-selfie…?!?!”
“A couple taking simultaneous individual selfies of their kiss on a crowded street…”

“…but why?”

Years later, I still can’t wrap my head around why one camera phone was deemed insufficient to capture that moment.

What does it say about their love?
About their desire for control?
About their ability to share?

Could it be a workaround to allow each person retain full copyright to their images and the freedom to post it on their social media accounts as they wish?

Or am I the strange one here?

(…I mean seriously – who goes around taking pictures of other people taking pictures?)

I’d love to know what you think in the comments below…

The World Is A Buffet

“The world is a buffet
so many sensual delights
and yet I stuff my face with rice”

I remember the first time I went to an ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet.
It was mind blowing! So much food on display, an endless array of choices,
And no one standing around to tell me how much I could eat.
( I was a fat kid so hey! this was my own brand of heaven…)

I had it all mapped out – I would eat EVERYTHING!
Because, you know, this opportunity may not come round again.
And besides, leaving all that food uneaten might be a crime in some universe out there.

Good plan!

So I waddled over to the buffet with a happy happy smile,
Filled my plate continuously until chunks of food started to fall off the edges,
And then made my way back to my table.
I ate steadily, my thoughts consumed by the thought of all the food yet to be consumed.
It wasn’t long before I was standing back at the buffet.

Three trips later, I was done.
And I was barely into the main course options.

It was an emotional experience.
I had failed miserably to make a dent in the buffet.
And so much was still left untasted.

What went wrong?

The choices I made, as it turns out.

I had planned to eat several meals that afternoon.
That was the only way I figured I could eat everything.
I was unaware that it was unnecessary to eat a meal-size portion of every dish
To decide if I liked it or not.
I held the ingrained idea that I need to finish everything on my plate,
Even when I changed my mind or didn’t like the taste.

You see, my eight year-old self hadn’t realised two immutable laws of dining:
(1) The capacity of my tummy is finite.
(2) Regardless of the variety of dishes on offer, only one meal can be eaten at a time.

Over the years, I have found the same logic to be at work in life.

Life is finite. It starts. It ends.
Life is one. Everything has to fit into the one life you live.

Everyday, we are tempted

So many options to choose

We can be anything and anyone

But our time on earth is limited.

If you don’t like what you’re getting right now,

Stand up and join the queue once more.

Because the time is passing,

Lunch is soon over,

And the restaurant never runs out of rice.

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Life Is A Potato

Today is a good day to start.

Technically, today is tomorrow’s yesterday.

Which would imply that if I procrastinated this decision yesterday,
Saying “I will do it tomorrow”,
Then today would be the day to do it.

It is almost midnight so if I don’t post this now,
Then I will be doing so tomorrow,
Which would be yesterday’s tomorrow’s tomorrow.

And that wouldn’t make any sense.

Life is a potato.

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