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Can you see the real me

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Sometimes combinations in life come along. I turned on the tunes and the first one that came on as I started to select a photo to edit was “The Real Me” by The Who. And the first photo I looked at was this one.

Before Sunrise. Photo by Mike Hartley

And the line in the song “can you see the real me, doctor” is interesting. One of my nicknames is “Doctor”. And I spent some time looking inside me lately. And it’s just as foggy as this picture. Sitting on that chair on the beach waiting for the sun to rise and the morning fog to burn away. I can almost see myself through the camera in that chair on the left side of the photo. I feel like I spent a lot of my youth in this picture.

Some of my days stay dark and cloudy. Far less than before thankfully. And I try to have more control where I determine that it’s going to be a good day. But I still have periods of dark or clouded thought. But as I think more positively the sun seems to burn off some of that darkness more and more each day.

Photo by Mike Hartley

And then I remember that I’m so thankful to be alive and kicking. To have the opportunities that I do. To have the chance to love some more. To laugh and cry and be overwhelmed with joy.

Photo by Mike Hartley

So I’m going to spread my wings as many times as possible. I’m going to ride the waves. I’m going to go with the flow and buck it at the same time. And maybe see if I can leave this a better place for my children and theirs.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The smile and joy of a toddler are heartwarming.
  • The Yankees beat the O’s again. And all is right with the world for a split second and then I leave fantasyland.
  • I suggest people go out and look at a few bio’s each day of the people, young and old, and in between that died that day of the virus. And continue to do it while people are dying in large numbers to remind yourself of the seriousness of these times. Then be thankful you don’t know any of them and that this hasn’t touched your family that way. Take the time to pause for a minute for those it has touched and be thankful it has stayed away from you. Then do something to make it safer for yourself and someone else.

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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