My side tattoo

I don't write as often as I could here, but I blame it on a life principle that I call being mad to live. From this blog, my past photography business, a website, a previous instagram name, a old tumblr page, to a tattoo on my side, its been my mantra for years now. Because to me its about having so much passion for something that it makes you crazy, it fulfills your soul, it gives you energy. It is doing things because they make you feel alive. So if I'm not feeling inspired by what i'm wanting to share or something i'm doing, then i'm just not going to do it.  The phrase "Mad to Live" is from Jack Kerouac's book On the Road, and even though I'm not living my life driving across the continent living a carefree beat life, it's about having that same wild excitement for even the everyday. Having a curiosity and desire to learn more and be more in every moment.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
— Jack Kerouac
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Sunny skies or grey days? Its embracing them all. 

that's being mad to live

I have a tattoo on my side that is horribly done. It's faded, the font is barely legible, but it says "mad to live" and it's an been such a great reminder of this idea. I used to work at a restaurant with a group of people that made going to work every day so much fun. One Sunday after finishing up a brunch shift two of my girls and I said, "let's get tattoos"! So we drove to a local spot and I told the distracted (possibly on drugs) man behind the counter what I wanted. 20 minutes later, minus the time it took him to break for a nose piercing, I had a reminder of this philosophy. While it's not a life changing moment and some may call it just being impulsive, to me there was no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. To be the one who says yes, I choose to live in this moment. To experience something different, even within our ordinary routines. To make memories with people who make you excited about life, that's deciding to be mad to live.

So just know I care about the things I take the time to write about here, from the long detail-packed posts all the way down to the playlist I posted last time. That's why I don't do more posts just to create more content. Sure I could pull a bunch of beautiful images together and make a digital moodbard or inspirational post with them...and I absolutely might do that someday if I'm inspired to, but for today this explaination of my heart is what feels important to get out.