Sometimes…

Sometimes…

Your smile is not enough.

Sometimes…

Your hard work goes unnoticed.

Sometimes…

You don’t get what you worked for.

Sometimes…

You don’t get a break.

Sometimes…

It doesn’t make sense.

Sometimes…

It isn’t fair.

Sometimes…

You never make enough.

Sometimes…

It all seems like it’s for nothing.

But sometimes… Sometimes it does work out.
The trick is knowing when.

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Working Class Fares

On the bus, you can see them. With their backpacks, their messenger bags, their name tags.
Their wrinkled faces, callused hands, muddy jeans and vacant smiles.
Customer service faces, tired from forced happiness.
Worn out eyes, glazed from trying to twinkle with a genuine smile, that is never there.
I see them look out the windows, watching each fleeting moment. Each passing tree, and passing car, one moment closer to their relentless schedules, vicious cycles, just to make enough to sit on the bus they sit on. On the bus, you can see them; the working class fares.

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Apologies

Dear followers, I am so sorry for not posting. There is a third party website ban at my work. Even on breaks. So I have not had any chances to write any posts. I will be working on this soon. I’m going to try to make at least one post every time I have a day off. I am in the process of moving, so my free time is shot. Stay tuned, and I will have more ASAP!

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Vinyl Over Digital

I’ve been lucky enough to have the privilege of owning a record player. I’m very excited about it. I never grew up on vinyl, I grew up on CDs, and eventually digital music files. CDs may as well be shoved into the category. Even though a CD is physical, it does not feel, or sound, physical at all. In many senses, it seems a waste to even buy one. Unlike vinyl, they scratch much easier, and become unusable almost instantly. When it comes to digital audio files, the only advantage is accessibility. You can transfer a file anywhere. Vinyl is the ultimate experience though. With each crackle, every song comes to life. The whole thing is a process. It makes listening to music an event to enjoy. It is physical. Real. To me, I can sense each album has a soul, a temperment, a personality. Not to mention the crisp quality of the sound. The best part is anyone listening to their album will have a unique listening experience. The own personal crackles of their own record player. That is what digital audio files can never capture. But without them, music would only be an occasional event. They are necessary, but far from being the preferred medium.

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“Book an Appointment ow”

Today I saw a sign for a doctors office. One of the signs with the letters that have to be put into them manually, with one of those giant poles. Signs that kids can often get ahold of and spell out their own ill-intended messages. Or simply, signs that create their own altered meanings, due to gravity, and a poorly crafted technology. Anyhow, this doctor’s office sign was missing an “N”. It said “Book an Appointment ow”. Very fitting.

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Happiness

Today I saw a homeless man, in disheveled clothing, pushing a shopping cart full of boxes and suitcases, plus some pieces of what appeared to be litter. Despite being in such a state, I saw he had a giant smile on his face. This man was undeniably, without a care in the world, happy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone genuinely happy. I thought about if I was in his position – not a worry about the working world. Not being forced to stay in a box most hours of day, just to make enough money to pay for another box you go home to. This man really does have it right. He is living his life. I wish it was possible for us all to do the same. To just live our lives. However, the people who do live their lives, result in having tattered clothes, all their belongings in a shopping cart, struggling to survive. But then again, maybe we are meant to struggle. I’m sad to come to the realization that happiness and survival are often completely unrelated. I hope to someday experience the freedom this man has, along with everyone else in the world. This economy needs a complete re-assessment, and major renovations need to be made. 

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