thestampedetrail Partying on a Sunday means... #thetrivialpursuitofhappiness 2d

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thestampedetrail Three simple words that are usually followed by a simple answer - "yeah, I'm ok"... "I'm fine"... "I'm good."
Everyone has something on their mind, you just need to be the person they trust enough to talk to about it. Perhaps, we should also be focusing on how to be better listeners.
If you're aren't ok, and only you know that, speak to someone you believe in; or seek them out if you don't feel that you have someone like that in your immediate circle.
Choose your support wisely and, I promise, they will make it will feel better.
Do what you love. Period.
If you don't know what you love - the only way to discover is to search.
#thewriting artwork c/o the super rad @the_cakeface
Much love.
If you need me, you know where to find me...
#ruokday #ruok
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  •   balancedstudio Lej 6d
  •   princessofboston We usually pretend to be ok & let things go for the best . Get busy with things you love as you said & surround yourself with real loving supportive friends & family & everything is going to be alright . 3d
  •   thestampedetrail I totally agree with everything you said @princessofboston... except the last part is a possibility. We have to want/trust/feel/encourage hope to stay alive in ourselves - find it in the passions we do and see and feel and touch, taste, smell... for once that light goes out the rainbow turns to mixes of black and white. The best thing we can do, either for ourselves or our loved ones who are only seeing in shades of grey is to help them, and that is the individual challenge, to find colour - not again - but anew. 2d
  •   princessofboston I love your mentality 2d

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thestampedetrail ... drunken nights, ringing ears, soaked in sweat, arm in arm in a circle of your favourites... you were a cause to believe in. Godspeed, @anberlin. 1w

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thestampedetrail "The eyes are the window to the soul." - W. Shakespeare
It's beauty at its purist when we see the light in someone's eyes. Try and find it - it can usually be found in their smile.
#thetrivialpursuitofhappiness
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thestampedetrail An old-fashioned DAPA_TV catch up organized for tonight @ladeda_bar... @lucefang, our resident illustrator & "party liason officer" is either bored at work or somewhat excited. 2w

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thestampedetrail ... story of my life.
Everyday I walk a little further, climb a little higher, grow a little stronger & dream a little bigger... in a hope to one day look back on my trail & say, "that was worth everything".
#thetrivialpursuitofhappiness
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thestampedetrail ... "we discover so much more of ourselves when we shine a light on our darkest corners."
#search #discover #dismantle #repair
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thestampedetrail With the same photo, I'm going to forward some similar sentiments & thought... as they say, "a picture tells 1000 words".
It's hard to be the best man at a wedding when he's standing in the crowd sipping a beer & listening to me tell stories of his son.
A little while ago, I was developing an idea called an "awake". In the same vein as presenting an expression of gratitude for a dear "friend" who has passed - in their "wake" if you will - except, in this instance, a party his held for the person while they can still hear all the great ways in which they've affected their close friends. I'm sure this idea already exists somewhere... But I know of a lot of people (myself included) that may find it difficult to be at the centre of such expression; but I am someone that enjoys reading words in an order of this form... herein lies the photograph.
Some people express themselves better in words when it comes to matters of the heart.
Sometimes, we do not know when we are going to lose people that mean the world to us; &, all too often, a funeral is used to unburden a heart that someone wished they'd already expressed.
For us all, every living moment is an opportunity to let someone know what they mean to us. So much joy can come from a single sentence.
My brother @kennygriffiths told his dad everything he meant to him & that every day he'll live to make him proud - gifting his old man a heart full of happiness... & what more can we ask for when we set sail.
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thestampedetrail ... that was fun. There are only 5 places I know of where I stop thinking and truly live in the moment... the surf is one of them. 3w

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thestampedetrail ... the sun can't be out all the time. #thetrivialpursuitofhappiness 3w

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thestampedetrail Funerals always get me thinking... in the studio working on a new track with @mjdegroot & @shaneobenson for #thewoodsmusic 4w

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thestampedetrail One of the greatest pieces of news for one of the greatest blokes. Lauren - you've now made the man an official king; & we'll all make sure you feel like a queen. Such stoke resonating through these fingers! #boomboomshakeshaketheroom #minimarkswilmont 4w

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thestampedetrail "Will it make the boat go faster?"
For those of you unaware what this means, a British rowing crew decided they were sick of not achieving their goals, or victory (if you will). In 1996, after 2 failed Olympic medal attempts, they sat in a room together a got real. First stop: themselves.
They decided that from now on, everything they did, if it did not make their boat "go faster", they would turn it down... eat the piece of chocolate... lift an extra rep... sleep instead of run... party instead if sleep... if the answer wasn't "yes", it was no.
4 years later, at the Sydney Olympics, Ben Hunt-Davis & his crew won Olympic gold.
Dedication to your passion is one thing, time spent honing your craft is another, but sacrifice determines success - it makes the good great and victory taste that much sweeter.
I can begin to tell you how much I love what I do, how many hours I've spent, words I've written & notes I've played, but it's what I've had to sacrifice that haunt me in the dark... but the feeling when the sun shines on you brighter than it ever has before is what keeps me alive. #thetrivialpursuitofhappiness
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thestampedetrail Songs, stories, scripts, scores & sculpting... pretty keen to dig the claws in this week. Have a ball doing the things you love, y'all! #thetrivialpursuitofhappiness 1mon

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thestampedetrail Quick shout out to my brother @shaneobenson... About a year ago, he stood at the formidable "fork in the road" - of both the mission & the man... last night, with his band @tealgram, he supported one of the best bands in the country. To say that I am proud to know this guy & of his achievements so far is an genuine understatement. It's a blessing having you around, bro. #king #brothersinarms 1mon
  •   shaneobenson Brother! Thanks so much man really appreciate the kind words. You helped me big time going through that stage as well.. Big love! 1mon

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thestampedetrail I have been at a loss for words, or in a storm of thought, not being able to articulate how this actor, & his death, contributed to me... Having grown up on his comedy, I wasn't much for it but, Mr Robin Williams was my favourite actor. His roles in Good Will Hunting & What Dreams May Come still resonate in the depths of my soul to this day.
Over the past week, a wave of positive affect has flooded our feeds like a grateful tsunami which leads me to my feelings on this chapter of life & death:
We all have a fire within, some days it burns like a bushfire & some days like a single candle. No matter how you're feeling, you can always offer kindness, to others, even if not yourself. It is a beautiful mask but your fire is the most important thing in your life. Know it, honour it; for one day, whether by the hands of fate or your own, your flame will go out & what remains are not the ashes of body but the candles lit, the bushfires you sparked & the memories of how brightly you shined. RIP Mr. Robin McLaurin Williams - you're still a light.
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thestampedetrail "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato
They say we are afraid of what we don't know; but, sometimes, what's more frightening are the things we do.
1mon

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thestampedetrail New @raen optics c/o one of the biggest legends in the game, @scott_lucky 1mon

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thestampedetrail Set transport c/o @shaneobenson & @harleydavidson. 1mon

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