Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it! [From Ferris Bueller's Day Off].
A key point in my own personal philosophy is life is meant to be lived; anyone can sit on their butt and watch television; there is no skill or creativity involved in that activity. Thus, I don't have any kind of television hooked up, although I do watch a DVD now and then. I would prefer to get up and write or create a graphic or work on a website; better still, I prefer to travel, to get out and see the world, to see dancers and faires and to just live my life to the fullest. I have seen too many people die or waste away complaining that they never got a chance to do anything. Me? I just do things.
Life is what you make it. That's one of the truest statements that I've ever heard in, well, in my life. I've gone through times that were so bad that I thought the weight of the entire world rested on my shouldars; on the other hand, I have learned the value of a good friend, a great meal, and all kinds of performances.
I plan for the future and I don't spend much time looking back at the past. Who cares what mistakes or missteps were made twenty years ago, after all? I am alive today. I am still astonished to find that I, a person who was one of the most introverted people in the world, now have hundreds of friends. Life is about change. And when life stops changing, well, you're dead.
I am often asked why I was attracted to the art of belly dance? To may it seems like an odd choice; they want to know why I spend many weekends and evenings photographing belly dancers and dance-related shows. Well, it has to do with aesthetics, which is simply the art of what is beautiful. When I watch a lady, such as Politti, Sabrina Fox, Sherri Wheately or any of the other friends I've made in this little community perform, I see beauty in motion, color and style. I see their spirits come alive, and to me that is a wonderful thing to witness.
Feeding the Giraffs at Wild Animal Park
Goofing around at the Escondido Renaissance Faire
Posing with Sabrina Fox, an incredibly talented and beautiful belly dancer, at the Kava Lounge in San Diego.
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