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Perks of Being a Wallflower


I probably watched 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower" an infinite amount of times. I remember reading the book in high school and walking through the halls feeling like a complete outsider. I found comfort in Charlie, he was a misfit; a wallflower. He was extremely fragile, he observed and didn't say a word, and was affected by everything going on around him. Fortunately, he had friends like Sam and Patrick that helped him escape. They reminded him not to take life too seriously, that love really does conquer all, to stop and cherish the little things, like the value of friendship. Sam and Patrick's friendship made Charlie feel infinite, like that scene where he’s standing on the back of a pickup truck with his arms stretched out as they're driving through a tunnel and David Bowie's "Heroes" blasted on the car stereo. I've secretly always wanted to reenact that specific scene. Sometimes we move so fast we forget to stop and smell the roses. Yes, that's a bit cliche but how true is it? When was the last time we put our phones down and had a real, soul to soul with someone? Enjoyed the smell of coffee beans grinding in the morning? The tender sound of rain tapping on the window? Your toes touching the warm sand? Seagulls crying? This past weekend as my friends and I sat by the ocean in Mallory Square and watched the sunset, we were in complete awe. The fifteen minute walk was worth it. The fact that we were exhausted from the day's mischiefs didn't matter anymore. This sunset was proof that there is a creator who took his paint brush and painted the perfect sunset in the sky, and placed us right across to view it. From the way that the rays beamed off the clouds, to the slightly pink and light purple skies. The sky was his canvas, and he chose to paint it so delicately. Suddenly our cares were the least of our problems. The possibilities seemed endless. There was this overwhelming feeling of tranquility—Unspoken ease. I felt infinite in that moment. I realized it wasn't a temporary feeling but rather one I could feel for an entire lifetime. When you slow down, and look up at the stars, or watch the sun set with a couple of your closest friends and forget about everything else for a brief moment, you realize that you are exactly where you need to be. With God, there are no coincidences. Everything I had been through allowed me to be on the other side, watching the Sun set. Had I known that a couple of years ago, It would've saved me a lot of heartache. Today, I get to value life a little more. I remember to treasure memories like yesterday evening, looking at the sunset, when life tends to get a little hard.

Key West, FL. 6/23/18


Key West, FL. 6/23/18


Key West, FL. 6/23/18


Key West, FL. 6/23/18


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