Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat


Daily Prompt: If You Leave

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

If You Leave

I’m no stranger to leaving. And moving on. Most times I never look back. Leaving is all part of life. My life. If you can conquer the art of leaving, you’ll never feel tied down or trapped. You’ll experience what true freedom is all about. The first main thing to conquer is lack of attachment. If you are attached to nothing you will never feel the pain of leaving. You’ll make decisions based on reality and true facts rather than emotion or feelings. You’ll do what’s best for yourself and not others.

Eventually you will realize that leaving is an action that takes you from a bad situation to a better one. Leaving will become a positive emotion. For me, leaving a bad school for a better one improved my childhood education. Leaving a bad neighborhood for a better one increased my happiness and quality of life. Leaving a soured relationship for one of sanity improved my mental health. Leaving an intellect-restrictive place of employment for one that motivated my creative genius instead while paying me abundantly, catapulted me to greater, more rewarding wealth and enjoyment.

Leaving doesn’t follow any protocol. You just do it. You don’t have to explain. You don’t have to talk about it, dissect it or rationalize it to death. Leaving requires no justification. Just a feeling deep inside your soul that leaving, now or in the future, is the right thing for YOU to do.

I just left an eight year project that I had so honestly and diligently followed only to be betrayed by a jealous individual who was intent on destroying me. They never thought that I would just up and leave and in my trail wipe out every single mention or iota of me. I left myself untraceable. And with my vaporizing there could be no hurt or revenge. How can you inflict pain on someone who isn’t there or never existed? Brilliant of me, wasn’t it?

And with that I am gone and have started somewhere else anew. I am someone with no past or future. Just harvesting the power of the here and now. I am only probable in the moment. And with another passing second, be gone yet once again.

Out Of Reach

The Daily Post poses this question: Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.

Out of Your Reach

I gave this question much thought. I couldn’t think of one thing I wanted as a child that I never received. Why? Because if no one got it for me, I usually got it for myself. If I didn’t have the means to get what I wanted, I made sure I found another way. In the end, if I didn’t get what I set out to get, I justified that result by telling myself I probably didn’t want the thing in the first place.

I’ll give you an example: When I was 5 or 6 (in the mid 1950’s) I wanted a Barbie doll. Apparently, my parents thought otherwise. I remember distinctly doing chores, getting advances on my weekly allowance and scrounging around to gather up as much money as I could. Eventually I saved up enough money and walked to our local corner toy store and bought not only Barbie, but also Ken and Barbie’s best friend Midge for both myself AND my younger sister! Back then a new Barbie doll cost $5.00 and her wardrobe outfits cost $2.50 (yes! you are reading those prices correctly). Every week or so I would add to all my doll’s wardrobe. I even managed to save up enough money to buy a pink Barbie travel case to store everything inside.

I don’t take my accomplishments lightly. (Buying my own Barbie doll was an accomplishment to me). That’s probably the difference between working and saving up for something vs having something handed to you for free. Even as a child I knew the difference in all of that! And this knowledge has served me well over my entire lifetime.

I’ve learned there is nothing in life you can’t have. If you work hard and set your mind to it, nothing in this life is out of reach. Regardless of who you are, where you live or what your background is, if you can dream it, if you truly want it, you can have it! It may take you a while (I’ve worked and saved for years for many, many things over my lifetime) but in the end, that which you desire can and will be yours!

IMG_2444Here’s a current photo of my 2 bubble-head Barbies and best friend, Midge, in original outfits and wardrobe collection, sitting in their Barbie Pink Travel case, as purchased in 1955 and still in use today, 2015, a full sixty years later. That’s how much I value what I can ascertain and accomplish in life. Don’t let anyone ever tell you, you can’t have what you want. If I could achieve this at five years old, think of what you can accomplish as an adult?

Football Game Shoot

I would imagine that the best place to get the sharpest photos during a football game would be taken on the actual field. Unless you’re a hired sport photographer, the odds of standing on the playing field is nil. The next best thing would be to sit on the bleachers as close as possible. But what if you’re like me, and you find yourself sitting 36 stairs up?

I tacked a 75-300mm lens onto my Canon Rebel T5, set the automatic setting to ‘sport’ and let the continuous shooting take over. (Gosh! I love technology). Please note this is my first sport photo shoot experience with my new equipment. I kept my camera focused on the football as it moved across the playing field. I kept my finger pressed down on the shutter as the teams made their play. I’m rather pleased with the results, especially for my first time out. I would anticipate me getting better as my sport attendances increase over time.

Other than some clipping and slight enhancement, photos are as they were taken. I may be in love with technology but I am not a fan of computer graphics. I like my photos to express exactly what I see, even if too quick for the human eye. Click on any photo to enlarge image and/or start slideshow.

What do you think?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

This weeks challenge: show photos that depict the word ‘careful’ to you. Careful