THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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My daughters favorite color. One of these days when I strike it rich, I’ll have to buy her one of those yellow VW Beetles. Or any car she wants. But until then she’s on her own. I thought I’d start out with something bright today being the sun is again refusing to make much of an appearance today. And they just gave the long-term forecast and it looks like Friday before it comes around again. That’s a depressing thought.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Had another wonderful meal at Stella Notte in Ellicott City Friday night. Also had the entertainment of it being a prom night with all the young’ins out for dinner in the best dresses and suits/tux’s before the dance. I enjoy watching that interaction and thinking back. What an awkward mess I was back then. Some might say nothing has changed. And then again, everything has changed. I have confidence (not always a lot) but enough to be comfortable in my skin now without getting so toasted that I can’t remember enjoying myself.

You see, I didn’t have a lot of discipline as a youth. I avoided dealing with feelings by numbing them. Not the best of ideas I’ve had. But I lacked the skills needed to deal with some things. Of course nobody is truly ready for what life can throw at them. That is why we need mentors and parents and good leaders and coaches and teachers and a community that does the right things.

Being it’s graduation season also, I offer this advice. Be yourself, don’t be afraid of being yourself, being yourself is the best fun in life and when you get older you won’t regret trying to be someone else. And get a ride when you need one.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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