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So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
— Hunter S. Thompson

It is easier to sit at home watching Netflix snuggled up to my bowl of pita chips and mango salsa. I could catch up on previous seasons of Game of Thrones to understand why it was so relevant that former NC Governor Pat McCory was "shamed" in Washington following the lugubrious election this year. I could also save my money for that 60" TV I'll never have anywhere to hang or that new phone I'll just drop on the way out of Verizon. Or I can say screw it. I can take my money and spend it on something that won't depreciate as soon as I get it home. I can invest in something that won't leave me broken in the fetal position after months of no return- experience.  

We are all just one big bustling ball of experiences. We are shaped by the people we meet and the environment we embrace. If we surround ourselves with new experiences, which heightens our understanding of other cultures and people, are we not inflated like the beach ball that dances on the waves of the ocean? And if we allow others to instill the stench of fear and the feculent matter of complacency, well then, are we not full of... ya know? 

I believe we manifest our destiny and are the ultimate providers of our own happiness. I write to expose you to different worlds you may otherwise never know. I write to paint a portrait of individuals you may otherwise never care about. This is our mixed up, topsy turvy world and I invite you to experience it with me through my looking glass. For better or worse.  

Photography provided by Ace Blankenship with Red Door Productions



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