a journey of sorts…

"Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me truth." – HDT

Month: November, 2013

30 Day Challenge – Day 30

With it being the 30th day of the challenge, marking the end of this series, I hope you are as excited as I am for the next chapter, and are able to hold back the anguish over such a sad moment… but don’t worry, because I’m certainly not done taking photos. The photos will continue, but in a more scheduled rhythm through the week. Same goes for the lyrics, which will be intermingled in with the photos, and along with other posts and updates as we branch away from the challenge and into the new.
The challenge, being difficult in itself, was very much a learning experience for me and an extremely progressive time for me in my work, my work flow, my process and my personal moments to really sift through and feel what it is I am talking about. I am so happy to have gone through such an experiment and am already going to be looking at further ways to challenge myself like this in different areas of life. If you were around and able to follow a majority of the art, I hope it was beneficial to you in some way, whether inspiring, something to laugh at, to think about, to change your outlook/perspective, etc.
Lastly, I would like to point out a funny syncronicity of the dates that we fell upon with this challenge’s end. Not having planned out the dates in any way, because I merely wanted to start the challenge as possible, the end of this 30 days meshed perfectly with me leaving tomorrow to go into the wild Utah for a week with a good friend of mine to hike the backcountry.
Pretty crazy how that happened. With that being said, I am pumped to get out of the city and in to some wilderness to achieve some well-earned peace of mind and clarity.

In closing of the challenge, I have a been running around the city nonstop to make this work happen, and in doing so have sacrificed a lot of time away from the apartment where I pretty much go only to catch some shut-eye. Do I call it my home? I most certainly do. Thing is, as I have touched on the theme of “home” before, and am bringing it back up because of the minimal amount of time I have hardly spent in my own physical home. My home, exists in many different fashions, in many different places and with many different people. It is not really the physical walls and roof that make up a home for me, but is moreso a state of being and existence. A level of comfort and peace with one’s own self where they can really be content in any given situation. Now don’t take this literally and assume I am going to walk into the next applebees I see, throw my shoes off and start ruffling through the fridge for a midnight snack. Although that’s not a bad idea… anyone else hungry? I am home with the idea that things change, people change, situations and problems come up, but building up your own solid foundation within is key in helping you to really go through life with a unique confidence and ability to adapt with ease and grace. Your comfort factor from such graceful presence in this whole scheme is going to give you that smooth transition of a home-like state wherever you find yourself. There is physicality to the home along with home being a state of your own self and how you connect your soul to all else.

I am home.
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Thanks again y’all for keeping with it. If you follow this blog I’m sure take your burgers like I do, with a good smothering of awesome-sauce. We all know who the sauce boss is here though. In order to give you an idea of my coming travels and the amazing pictures you will experience, I have myself exploring the wild Yosemite below. Yes, I was in Yosemite adventuring with only a tshirt and no that is not a hanging photo. Sheesh give this guy a break for dreamin a little bit. Peace.

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Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. Peace and love.

30 Day Challenge – Day 29

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You can put a price tag on the cars, all the fake food, the brands, even the stars. What you won’t see priced is my soul, deep down, my true life. With that I touch the sky. See me drive by. They all wonder why they can’t bring me down like every other guy. They got all the numbers, corporate stats and commercial crap, but it’s easy to see through those lies. This is my life. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

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30 Day Challenge – Day 28

30DC day 28

There comes a time, a very moment, when every man or woman realizes, perhaps not fully, but to the slightest degree, his or her potential. The willingness to achieve that potential and his or her own dreams can be made into a reality not by simply waiting on it, but by being proactive and living life openly. Proactive to the idea that yes good things are meant for us, but we don’t just sit on the couch until the pizza delivery man brings you a large pepperoni with a side order of awesome. Sorry y’all, you’ll go hungry waiting on that one. Openly with the idea of being honest to his or her self and to others, knowing that others will cherish your raw openness and thank you for it.

You will make sacrifices, you will have ups and downs, you will fall, step up, take charge, lead, but also listen to others. You will smile, laugh, frown, cry, live up, live down, low, high.

Breathe.

Persevere.

Once you realize that life is difficult at times, the simplicity is called down. Bring it baby. I make a damn good pizza if we’re being honest here. The delivery guy can save his car some miles and his breath. Face the light. Peace. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 27

30DC day 27The silhouette running toward the light. Headlights. Steamline. Brake lines. Broken. Divine. Your fast-paced life and your fast-paced mind got you running on the wheel, sipping from the nipple. The rodent life never looked so good after you were through. Drunk behind the wheel, highway lines blur by. Alvin and the Chipmunks couldn’t hit that squeal. Peel. Suddenly you realize that the real lie was this whole life, cased in a glass box, chips and rocks. Ridiculous. Freedom to the sky, you climb, bye-bye. “Ha ha,” you say, “Ta ta.” The world’s what you make it. Get off the wheel and take it, Alvin. It’s like this. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

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30 Day Challenge – Day 26

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Often times I find myself staring out the window. Most of the time, at nothing in particular even. At least nothing physical that is. What I am gazing at could be considered goals, dreams, passions. My window’s open. I’m reaching out.

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 25

30DC day 25The existence here is precious. Learn yourself, help a neighbor. You’ll soon come to a doorway, then on to another. Where will they lead? Do you step over your neighbors to get there? -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 24

30DC day 24I am feeling like you are all getting to know me very well. Or at least, gain a better insight into the self-expression that is me. I have recently been hit with a lot of changes, both saddening, and good. I think that it is ok in some form to let those affect you, but to dwell in solemn days without action is only hurting worse. We must pick up, gather ourselves, brush off that dust, and continue to live. A rocket goes in one direction. This is the result of the fuel matter that exists and burns within. Let your own burning soul drive your direction from within. Brothers and sisters. There are things happening in and on this world that we have no control over. We may assume all is stable and under control, but everyday is uncharted and new. Don’t feed and fall into the dark. The greed over those in leadership roles will not help us. Following them blindly as if they will care for us is both unwise and has never led us in the right direction. Take up your own existence into your own hands and express the concern for your own existence on this earth, for your family’s existence, for future generation’s existence. Be well, calm and strong. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 23

30DC day 23

Can’t see over to the other side, but I can’t stop, I can’t hide who I am or what I am doing. Theres too much at stake. What are you going to do? Sit around and watch the sun bake? There are animals running the show here. Do they speak for everyone with the selfish choices they make. Give me a Kit-Kat. Heart attack. Sit down, realize where your head’s at. I’m not going to make your decisions for you but let me go and recreate the picture for you. One life, many lives, whichever you believe, sitting around wasting away isn’t going to give you any sort of reprieve. You seek pleasure day-to-day, you get old you fade away. You wrinkle and wither, your speech turns to a whisper. One day. Here’s a little idea for you to rest your head on, contemplation, while your mind sobers up from the chemical sedation. Breathe, be still, be calm in the storm, but don’t mistake calmness for procrastination, incarceration from living the life. Your calm soul is within, your unwavering action is resulting, to go and do, to be, and see. To put forth your own joy. Lay down the external pleasures and circumstance. Take this chance, take this shot. It might be the last you’ve got. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 22

30DC day 22

Livin’ well but not dyin’ young. Brother and sister, human child, free of the rungs of society. Stepping over your neighbor, and up the ladder won’t help you see. Won’t help your vantage point. Let it be. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 21

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I’m not satisfied with livin’ a lie. Leaving imprints on cushions? Call that life? You must be joking right? Thanks but no thanks. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

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