Monday, May 24, 2010

we are all one drop in this ocean of life

I've been at the airport for roughly 4-5 hours now. Each time I experience the whole flight process my mind goes off the deep end with thoughts of what is actually happening. I sat on the runway in our boeing 757 and stared out the window as we took off from Ft. Lauderdale, as we rose through the sky I turned around and watched the large buildings, the thousands of cars, and the area I was in turn into what looked like a microscopic little city the size of a frisbee. People looked like ants, cars looked like colorful drops of paint, huge buildings looked like little legos. Flying absolutely amazes me. Two hours later I land in Atlanta and I parked myself by a window just so I could soak it in a little more (well I had to wait anyways, but it sounds better like that). I wonder what is next, we fly places now and it takes a few hours to fly hundreds and hundreds of miles. What next?  I watched a plane take off and I stared at one of the windows, that was me just a few hours ago, I wonder if someone was looking down at the window I was looking out of. Where were they going? What were they thinking? I still can't grasp the thought of it but I'll just add that to my list.

Dave's wedding was awesome, seeing all the boys again is always a blast. Solid weekend. Back to reality, err, well I don't have a reality right now, so back to my ongoing vacation.

Monday, May 17, 2010

another chapter closed

I just got back to Clemson but this time it's different. I am no longer a student here, I'm an alumni. How weird is that? It's so weird that I don't even feel the slightest change but what I do know is I don't have any more classes, tests, or papers. I just spent a week at home with my family and had such an amazing time. Bryson came to Fredericksburg for the first time and I showed him around and we tried to hit all the fburg musts. I always enjoy going home because I'm lucky enough to have most of my family all in the same area which means cookouts, dinner outings, and constant gatherings of some sort. Cheyenne got a chance to come home for a little bit, Josi was home, and I was home. It's rare that all three of us are there together but when we are it's always so much fun. A lot of things are changing right now but family is one thing that never changes and that's what I love about it the most. Josi just moved to Colorado this past weekend to work on a ranch where the electricity cuts off at 11 every night. She said it's absolutely beautiful there and already made friends with a horse named Scooter. I hope she has the time of her life out there and maybe I'll get a chance to visit. My older sister is back at her old apartment which burned down a few weeks ago and she is still trying to get everything back to the way it was. I just started my own soccer camp and some individual training back at school and then I'll be heading to Europe for a month or so. I can't wait to go but this next month or so I'm going to focus on learning as much as I can. I want to learn more about Final Cut, Animation, and I want to read...a lot. So that's what I plan on doing.

I can't believe 5 years of college is over, just like that, done. It was an amazing ride, and I wouldn't change anything if I had to do it all over again. The world moves so fast and sometimes it's nice to sit back and take a deep breath instead of trying to keep up. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me and I'm ready to take another leap and see what happens.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

crimson aura

crimson aura, originally uploaded by michaelbrooksjr.

I went for a run last week on the dikes that overlook Clemson University. I brought my camera and after my run I decided to head down by the water. I got this picture as the sun was going down and I think it's one of my favorite shots I've ever taken. I hope everyone else enjoys.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


re[laxing], originally uploaded by michaelbrooksjr.
today I barely did anything and I decided that I wasn't going to let the whole day go to waste. So, right before dinner I decided to go for a quick run. I ran down the driveway at an exciting pace (I had so much energy that needed to be used)...once down the driveway I took a slight right and headed down keowee trail. After running a mere 20 steps, I felt this warmth, this was like I ran straight into a sea of energy. I took a quick glance to my left and off to the horizon the sun had a warm cast on the trees and was reflecting ever so perfectly on the water. I asked myself a quick question in my head...should I turn around to get my camera or just keep running? Knowing that in a matter of seconds that image I just saw would be gone, I decided I was going to try to make it back for my camera and catch that same moment I had just witnessed. As you can see in the picture, the sun had already hid behind the trees...but I still managed to capture that peaceful, relaxing feeling that this image shows and I'm glad I turned around. I hope you enjoy.