An Intricate Illusion

Semblance of snow.

The photo to the right of all this text wasn’t taken after snowy weather. Playing around with photo-editing tools helped to create the effect, but it’s proof that you just can’t believe everything you see. Or judge a book by its cover, or whatever idiom you deem appropriate. I wonder, is a photo worth a thousand words maybe because we’d spend them discussing whether it’s portraying reality (and truth) or whether it’s really just an elaborate manipulation?

In three days, we’ll be in December, and all too quickly afterwards it’s yet another new year. It was a record year for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but that’s not supposed to be the point of the holiday season. A mad dash to buy, buy, buy, but it seems like no one ever stops to ask, “Why?”

With that in mind, it felt like a good time to listen to “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls (available below):

Growing up, I never believed it when people would tell me that as I got older, the time would just seem to fly by. It’s definitely become clear to me that what matters the most isn’t all the stuff I could buy (although some items are really nice), but rather what I do with my time that’s truly important. Granted, it’s not all sunshine and roses being broke and uncertain about whether I’ll be able to make ends meet this week, but it’s sure beats being miserable with slightly more padding to my little wallet. It’s been a long road figuring out my path to happiness, but nowhere along the way did I believe it would come from anything that could be wrapped in a box with string.

Anyone telling you otherwise is trying to sell you something.

‘Tis the season, after all.

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