Dear Lord (and I don't mean this is the prayer way, I mean this is the good god way ((I don't mean that in the prayer way either)))
It has been a long time. Now without going into my usual rant about how and why it's been so long, let me just say why I'm back on LJ.
Number one: First off, I want to be able to write, and I forgot my journal. I need the creative and expressive outlet. Awesome.
Number two: I want to keep in touch with people. I have found that these days, this is pretty difficult to do without the internet. Considering that I don't spend that much time off of the computer these days, I'm gonna use some of it on LJ, and attempt to keep it calm and grounded.
Number three:There isn't a number three I don't think.
Alright, on to the good stuff. Where am I at? I'm in PA. I just drove across the country with my Dad, 5 pets, lots of Subway sandwiches and some energy drinks. Considering that 7 creatures were all crammed into a Honda Element, it really could have gone worse. I expected many snags, and there were some, but we successfully found our way from Portland, OR to Allentown, PA in just 5 days.
I'm very glad I brought my camera. Although I didn't document the whole trip (as I'm a scenic and macro photographer rather than a journalist) I did score what I hope will be some epic photos. I can't wait to get back to photoshop. I miss it. I will be putting up some of those photos here, and I will also put some up on deviantart, once they are tweaked.
The trip was a very good bonding experience for not only the cutest cat on the planet (june june) but for me and my father. I'm sure some of you know my parental past has been a bit shaky, but this was a great opportunity to have some good conversations and experiences on our journey. We had plenty of time to talk since we traversed, in sequence Idaho, The Northeast corner of Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and finally Pennsylvania. I have nearly doubled the states I've seen in the US now, and have a much better sense of their location. I'm defenitely gonna do some road tripping in the next year to not only see some of the great natural landscapes around, but also to take pictures of them :p.
So without going on and on and on, in short, I got some great photos I hope to show you, am really glad I'm no longer in the car, and am looking forward to the changes ahead.
As far as a brief synopsis of my personal life, I'm taking new steps to improve it. I hate drama. I will be kind compassionate, and as good a friend as I can be to those I encounter in this life, but I'm trying hard to remove myself from, as Ashley put it so plainly and brilliantly "toxic or poisonous situations." In order to better create a feeling peace and positivity in myself I've become quite determined to feel no guilt about the things that I do, even the darker things. I'm learning to be good to myself and my body, yet at the same time not take myself seriously enough to get caught in my head.
Last night, the last push to Allentown, my Dad and I and were talking about aliens and 2012, and such stuff. I was pleased to find out that he's not closed minded about that stuff. It was great. After my crazy Redbull high, I finally started calming down and I actually started slipping into altered states. The moonlight flickering through the trees and the talk of energy and 2012 and aliens really got my mind tuned into a different level. It was really nice to feel once again the old ones stirring in the world around me, and in my own mind. (Don't worry Ash, I finally remembered what we do, and I want to do it again too).
For those of you who have bothered to read this whole thing, I thank you, and consider you true friends. For those of you who haven't... why are you on livejournal? Aside from that I do apologize for being so long winded, though I know some of you don't mind. I have catching up to do, and I will do it on my own time by posting here and there. I must remind myself that i am doing this more for me than for anyone else, but I do appreciate attention. Who doesn't.
My name is Aurelius.
P.S. Any tips on how to fly?