“Don’t give up, push through the droughts. Channel the inevitable disappointments back into your craft. Break molds, think, create. But most importantly, stay alive. And in the meantime, make it about others; that seems to work. Stay strong, live on and power to the local dreamer.”
One of the many unexpected consequences of fame is that you become a magnet for indiscriminate dreams, hopes, madness and delusions. Its corollary is that you are always disappointing people. Once you become famous, you are always shattering dreams you never encouraged, withdrawing help you never volunteered, and breaking promises you never made.
In honor of Joshua William Dun turning 29 in only 10 days, I will host a 10 day appreciation “ceremony” for the lovely jishwa :> Everyday will be something new so join whenever you can or just drop by and say something.This is optional but I would love to see how some of you will celebrate, so come! Any other questions may be dropped in my ask box or just press “Talk to Me” in the top right if you’re on the website.
Day 1: Favorite thing/quality about Josh
Day 2: Favorite hair color on Josh
Day 3: Fun Fact about Josh(I will post some of my own)
Day 4: Favorite Quote by Josh
Day 5: Favorite picture of Josh
Day 7: Drawing of Josh(this’ll be fun)
Day 8: Dress like Josh(just have fun)
Day 9: Show him some lovin via social media
Day 10: Submit anything you would like to help wish Josh a very happy birthday!
You can either post it on your own blog and tag me or submit it to me and i’ll be sure to tag you. Spread the word! Participate! Stay Alive!
He we are, once again.
We stand still in a world that grows ever darker
Once again we are haunted by our fears
We are doomed by our thoughts
The black-blue blur seems to consume the pink-yellow light
And we tumble,
For we have lost our sight of that faithful light.
Over the screams of our harmful minds we cannot hear the music that has brought us to this day
We cannot see a way out, we can’t breath, we can’t feel
And so we tumble
We fall further into the black of night.
No matter what we do, we cannot see a way out
“What’s the point? What’s my purpose?”
What’s MY purpose?
Why am I here?
And then the sun rises
The blur begins to fade,
It isn’t gone, but the pink-yellow light is brighter still
It’s over. Tomorrow has come.
This is it.
That fire is ignited
All together we sing and the air vibrates with these lyrics
WE ARE ALIVE
The drums crash
The voice sings
We are one and all
Everyday we are here together
Everyday we find our way
Everyday is a new beginning
If they can do it, why can’t we?
His piano plays soft notes
The drums are gentle
“We’re alive.” He whispers
1. When he’s eight years old he decides that freedom means never having to say “Yes Master” or any variation thereof again.
2. Two days later, he starts counting. In one day, he says it 13
times. Kitster says he said it 16 times, and Anakin wonders if that’s
worse, or just more of the same.
3. When the Jedi comes, Anakin calls him “sir.” He hates that word,
too, but he’s learned the hard way that it’s safer. The Jedi doesn’t
4. Even so, for a few days after leaving Tatooine he almost believes
he’s free. He’s off planet (and that’s where all the freed people go,
isn’t it?), and in a starship, and he’s going to be a Jedi. He’s heard a
lot of stories about the Jedi, but none of them say they’re slaves.
5. He was wrong, though. He has to call all the Jedi “Master,” and
there are rules to follow, and they cut his hair and dress him and tell
him where to go and how to behave and what to do. Master Obi-Wan tries
to explain the difference, but he can’t see it, so he doesn’t understand.
He chafes, but never too much. He’s always known just how far he can push, and no further.
6. By the time he’s nineteen years old, and in love, he’s said “Yes Master” 22,753 times.
7. Padmé is upset that they have to hide their wedding, that it has
to be private and unshareable. She pretends that it doesn’t bother her
so much, and in return he pretends that it does bother him, too.
It doesn’t, though. On Tatooine, all slave marriages are like this. He’s always known he would get married this way.
8. He’s going to be a father, and he’s joyful and giddy and terrified. (He’s now said “Yes Master” 35,802 times.)
There’s a corner of his mind that repeats the old Tatooine law like a
mantra. Children follow the mother. His child will be free.
9. There’s something to be said, he thinks, for choosing one’s own
master. Or at least having the illusion of choice. He’s now said “Yes
Master” 35,998 times, and as he kneels before Palpatine, he could almost
believe this is what he’s always wanted.
10. Luke is twenty-four years old, whole, and beautiful, and he’s
never said “Yes Master” in his life. Vader doesn’t know this
empirically, of course, but he knows it all the same. The slave can
always recognize the free man.
It’s not until Luke lifts away his mask and looks at him with desert
blue eyes that Anakin realizes he’s said “No” for the very first time.