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Someone please take me to the alternate universe where the character of Anakin Skywalker is actually valued and not just viewed as ‘that part people fast-forward through to get to Darth Vader’. 

Beyblade Gothic

You have bought your first Beyblade. The next day, a kindly-looking old man knocks on your door. “You must compete,” he says. All the Beybladers you meet say the same thing happened to them. Everyone must compete.

You see nothing. The children are screaming at their Beyblades. The dish crumbles. You hear a roar. Still, you see nothing.

The announcers list Kai Hiwatari as a member of a different team every day. No one comments on it. What team did he originally belong to? No one seems to remember.

Your Beyblade looks different. Other bladers claim that a person called ‘The Chief’ upgraded it for you. You don’t recall the weight of the Beyblade ever leaving your pocket. You feel uneasy, but you must smile gratefully.  

The Sacred Spirits are always kept locked away. Who locked them away? What did they know that we don’t? The Saint Shields know the answer. You don’t want to know.

Every year, the members of a team called the Bladebreakers suddenly transform slightly. Hair and eyes change colour. Their body mass shifts. After the change, no one can remember what they used to look like.

There is a vampire, a werewolf, a zombie, and a mummy. This is normal. They disappear. This is also normal.

You hear about a kid named Antonio who lives in the forest. He’s always in the forest. Constantly training. He never leaves the forest. He keeps training.

You’ve noticed there are fewer and fewer adults on the streets. All the remaining adults are old men. The very few adult women you see are scientists. Where did all the other adults go?

Children command the elements through vicious creatures. Spinning tops destroy entire buildings. No one thinks of putting a stop to it. The old men encourage it. The crowds cheer whenever a child is beaten down.

You hear a new MingMing song on the radio. You already have it saved to your computer. The date stamp is from 3 months ago. You don’t remember downloading it.

A man shows up claiming to be Takao’s brother. Takao has never mentioned a brother. He’s never mentioned a mother, either. Where is his father now? Why does his grandfather insist that Takao learn to use a sword?

Kai Hiwatari keeps appearing on top of high buildings. He just stands there. No one saw him climb up. No one see’s him climb down.

Two disembodied voices enthusiastically discuss the match. A series of Beyblade matches are going on simultaneously in different rooms. No matter which match you visit, those voices are there.

You are walking down the street when you spot one of F Dynasty in the distance performing in costume. Is it Raul or Julia? Neither, they whisper. Both, they whisper. Somehow you can hear them clearly.  

You are Beyblading in America. Suddenly, you are in Europe. Then Russia. It takes little time, or no time at all, to get there. You’ve lost track of time. Apparently this tournament has been going on for weeks, but it only feels like a few hours.

You see a boy with red hair. You are told that boy is from 'the Abbey’. You have no recollection of 'the Abbey’. You feel cold. The boy has a gun. They all have guns.

Crusher Moses tattoo’s change place everyday. He’s crying. He’s always crying.

You hear rumours that Robert Jurgens has set traps around his castle. Guillotines. He is disappointed when people escape. He invites you to his castle.

You look at the audience. You see familiar faces. You realize it’s always the same people, the same audience. They smile at you. Their expressions never change.

‘Cause I still believe in miracles; I swear I’ve seen a few

And the time will surely come when you can see my point of view

I believe in second chances

And that’s why

I

Believe

In

You

So Scanlan’s ego is an intrinsic part of his character. His first introduction to us was in the character background, where he is described as “dashingly handsome in his own mind.” And I’d have to check, but if I’m calculating the time correctly, it was within the last week (in game time) that Scanlan was crying over how amazing he was for killing the Pit Fiend. He didn’t have an audience for that. That was his private reaction to the event.

I think that’s part of why episode 85 came as such a shock. If this were, say, a TV show, it would make sense to reveal that he actually thinks he’s useless and uses ego as a shield. But this is a D&D game. A lot of the stuff we know about Scanlan is from SCANLAN’S point of view! The only thing he’s ever shown self-doubt over is his ability to be a father to Kaylie. He’s never thought himself to be less than anyone in Vox Machina, unless Sam’s been lying to us (and Matt) regularly for a while now. It doesn’t make sense for this to be a long term issue.

But what if the key to Scanlan’s breakdown is actually very new? Theoretically people keep saying that the dying thing is the cause for what happened, but then they treat everything Scanlan said as issues that have been a problem for a long time. But what if they haven’t been?

Scanlan thought he was doing pretty well. Then he found out about Kaylie, and then began worrying about being a good father to her. That doubt became more and more pressing, especially in the strain they were under, and then he died twice within 24 hours. What if this is what actually broke Scanlan’s narcissism? What if without that narcissism he was left with no idea of who he was, what was true, or how to relate to the world? I think it could explain a lot. This wasn’t Scanlan letting loose bottled emotions. It was him suddenly having these emotions and not knowing how to handle them.

Just a theory.

Listen… acting like su is still an amazing and progressive!!! show is unrealistic and lying to yourself. Sure, are they diverse? Yeah! But that’s not enough. Marginalized people need to see themselves on screen, and su does that (kind of. more or less). But they need to see themselves portrayed well. Seeing yourself as the villain or in the wrong is nothing new, the media has been doing that since the beginning of time. Seeing the character you relate to be turned into a joke or just straight up toxic? Not revolutionary. If people only see themselves in a negative light, that’s not a progressive way to run your show.

Take everyones favorite, Pearl. Specifically, Pearl being a lesbian. She’s clearly a lesbian, she’s a main character, this is fantastic, right? No. Nothing good comes out of Pearls sexuality. She was in love with Rose to the point that it’s read as creepy and obsessive. When Rose found someone else, Pearl became a salty, bitter lesbian and in flashbacks (which yes, are biased, as they’re from Greg’s point of view) she’s only there to spite Rose’s love interest and be extremely jealous. She relates everything to Rose. She’s endangered Steven because of her feelings for Rose. She plays a big part in Steven’s self esteem issues because she can’t help but act like he took Rose from her. Her inability to be a good parental figure to Steven is almost if not entirely related to her loving Rose. How can you act like that’s good representation?

And Lapis? Holy shit, new topic. She has PTSD. This is obvious. She’s been reduced to trauma jokes. Only trauma jokes. After Alone At Sea? Psssht, now it’s just the occasional crack about it. She doesn’t openly exhibit any other traits about it! Sure, a lot of survivors make jokes about their trauma as a way to deal with it. I’m guilty of this myself. But that’s all she does. And if maybe she was treated less like a joke, less like a “literal emo child,” I’d like her more.

Oh, and when she does (read: did) exhibit other symptoms of PTSD? She’s shown to be in the wrong for it, or it’s played for laughs, and that’s not okay! Barn Mates? We were expected to see that as “Peridot is a cute awkward bean uwu and Lapis is just being difficult uwuwu”. Getting upset over a pond? Yeah, makes sense if you just spent literal months under the ocean. Having to live with someone who kept you prisoner and doubting that they’ve changed? Yeah, doubt I have to explain that one. I don’t agree with her breaking the tape recorder, but the other actions mentioned are pretty fucking reasonable, if I say so myself.

TL;DR if your “progressive” characters flaws all stem from what makes them so great, it’s not progressive. It’s regressive and awful.

Bad Ideas | Yuta

Genre: bartender!au | comedy

Main star: Yuta / Reader

Word count: 2 760

Warnings: Language

Originally posted by softseo

“Bad ideas make the best memories.” The bartender in front of you shrugged while he filled your glass with another shot of saqué.  You were drinking that specific type of alcohol because he suggested and, well, why not? The week has been bad enough and you just needed to forget it as a whole. Also, the guy serving you was pretty much handsome and his face made you ignore the fact that you ex-boyfriend was in the same club as you.

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celitalaloca  asked:

Hi!, nice to meet you!. My name is Celia and I'm from Canary Islands (Spain). I'm studding Russian because I'm a huge fan of Rhythmic gymnastics. I was told that Putin's approval ratings were very high, like 80%. Are those official manipulated polls or something? I hope things get better, specially for the lgtb community. I saw a documentary about their situation at Russia and it was so unfair.

Hi Celia!
I can tell you one thing: our society is frightened. It’s in a constant state of stress thanks to the government. And whether some people are afraid of Putin himself, they hate him and want him to leave, others afraid of what will happen if he leaves, while both groups agree that the country is controlled by disgusting corrupted mafia. 

I suppose everything is clear with the first group, so let’s talk about the second one, who can be considered in manipulations as those who ‘approve’ his politics.

If you ask a regular Russian person, ‘are you satisfied with the government?’, the answer will be ‘no’ in the majority of cases. If you ask ‘are you satisfied with how the government treats its people?’ it will be ‘no’, 99%. But when you ask ‘do you want to see putin as the next president?’ the answer will be ‘are there any other candidates?’ = ‘do we have a choice?’
This is what mostly counted as ‘Putin’s approval thing’ in the polls. 

The reasons of that answer:

1. For 17 years of his practical ruling, he didn’t give a chance to any real opponents to exist. The whole ‘democratic’ government are his puppets, everyone knows it.

2. People firmly believe their opinion is meaningless. We had protests in 2011-2013 when russians were against Putin as a president while the elections were rigged. But it resulted only in numerous arests and more strict censorship.

3. Some adults are afraid that things will get only worse when he leaves: this is because they experienced criminal chaos and hardships of 1990 years, when USSR became ruins in one shot. A walker could be killed in the nearest courtyard, the salaries were not given in money but in absolutely random equivalent. People had nothing to live on. Like, literally. My friend’s mother month after month was getting a salary as boxes of the same socks and tights, emm. My father was given dozens of same ceramic chicken statues (we still have boxes with them in the basement). This absurd may seem funny, but imagine it when you need to eat something, to raise your children and so on. While ordinary russians were put into poverty, others  through bloody underground wars and privatization of gas, oil and mineral manufactures suddenly became millionaires - those who are sitting in the government right now. (btw, the film Dead Man’s Bluff, or Zhmurki depicts the social situation of 90s perfectly). And in the end of this horrible decade Putin comes to rule. You know, he didn’t do any fantastic things. He returned ordinary life conditions plus there was no gay censorship in the beginning and he was tending to make Russia a democratic European country people could be proud of… So for some adults he is associated with a life far from ideal, but at least the one where you get the salary and you won’t be killed in front of your house. (Yeah, in the regions people are happy to survive with 100$ in a month). All of them, even if they see the truth now, are still afraid that dismissal of Putin means the change of the system, which will result ‘in the next 90s’. And of course the controlled media put all efforts to sustain this point of view, they make enemy of anyone who stand out in the obedient crowd (lgbt, for example). (p.s. As many many others, I don’t excuse this point of view, I’m only trying to explain it)
 
However, as you can see from the last events, Russia is rid of the current situation. People are hoping to overcome it someday… But right now, many of russians are in despair, as we don’t see any improvements, things are only getting worse.    

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Parks and Recreation: First Lines vs Last Lines

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blake-broacher  asked:

I'm an author that enjoys using multiple view points, from the most recent post, do you think there are rules to switching the view points, if so what are they?

Yes! 

Writing in Multiple Points of View

I also use multi-POV narration in one of my projects, but it is important to do it well so that you aren’t confusing your reader or overwhelming your narrative with too many voices.

When a reader who is unfamiliar with your story first sets onto the page, they pick up clues very quickly as to how the story is going to be told. It’s instantly clear whether the narrator is using past or present tense, first or third (or, heaven forbid, second) person. Hopefully, the voice of the narrator is immediately apparent. These all work to give the reader a sense of tone and perspective. I kind of see myself in the narrator’s shoes, or her head, looking at the world through her filter, even in limited third person.

So when I’m lifted out of her head and very suddenly stuck into someone else’s, it’s disorienting and confusing. Especially when you’re only thrown over to someone else’s head for only a few sentences for a single thought. Then you’re not given time to adjust, say, “Okay…this guy is telling the story now,” before you’re back in another head. 

Originally posted by allreactions

The worst part for learning writers is that multi-POV is a form of storytelling that works fine in other mediums. It doesn’t really throw you off in a sitcom if you get multiple character’s thoughts. It doesn’t bother you in a movie or a comic book, mostly. It’s something pretty unique to the written word since the reader’s mind is having to do so much more of the visual and perspective work. You can take a lot of storytelling elements from other mediums and stick them into writing, but POV isn’t really one of them. 

Imagine that you’re playing a third-person video game. You’re controlling one specific character, even though you’re not physically them, they are the ones leading you around and showing you their story, Then suddenly you hear the thoughts of another character…unprompted and unexplained. Now…unless that character is a telepath, that comes across as weird and, honestly, bad writing. 

So…as for how to do multi-POV correctly. Make sure that your change in perspective is solid. Don’t jump around. Let each narrating character have their moment before moving on. It’s up to you how exactly you divide this up, but if you deem a specific character important enough to handle a chunk of narration, then it should be no problem to give them the time they deserve. You can signal a change in character with a new chapter, a new scene, or even a new paragraph as long as it’s made clear. Here are a few examples I pulled from my novel, first lines of scenes when a POV has just shifted: 

Kaeli climbed through her bedroom window after returning from visiting Master Faliith, muttering to herself reasons why, yes, this was the most sensible way to enter the building.

At first, all Baeou could process was the jumble of sounds in the room around him.

Eliot hated few things as much as he hated waking up in the middle of the night. But the shadows, which had been infiltrating the Lights of the world, had disturbed his dreams.

The Kindler Acaethian Combat Academy was on its own island off the inner coast of Anaeopar and several hundred miles raeneth of Cytee. It was nice and secluded, which Kaeli assumed was the idea behind its location.

Each POV change is opened with some statement or thought that gives a clue about who the scene’s narrator is (I signal the change with scenes and/or chapter breaks). I personally do not label the chapter, though lots of writers do that as well: 

Chapter 3
Della

Using different points of view not only gives you a wider scope for your story, but it gives you the opportunity to show of the depth of your characters by having each of their scenes/chapters in their own voice. My educated characters narrate differently than me less-educated characters. My female characters differently from my male, my older different from my younger. 

There is very few things as disappointing to me as a reader when I pick up a multi-POV book only to find that all the narrating characters sound exactly the same. Like….you missed a huge opportunity, dude.

Robert Jordan did this as well as any writer ever, in my opinion. I really used Wheel of Time’s narration styles (though not voices) as an inspiration for how to write solid multi POV. 

What I always end up telling writers I’m reading or editing for is this: Really consider why you’re writing multi-POV. It’s not easy to do well. It is very easy to sound like an inexperienced writer when you’re trying to pull it off. (I’ve been told by other editors that it’s as big of a new-author red flag as first-person-present-tense writing.) 

As was recently quoted on here, Hawthorne once said, “Easy reading is hard writing,” and that is absolutely true, especially when talked about perspective. You have to craft it so flawlessly that the change in POV flows naturally. You also have to be absolutely certain that it has a purpose. You cannot arbitrarily decide to use it because you will very likely have to defend that choice to your dying day. If you chose with purpose and thought, then you’re fine. But, like all controversial stylistic choices, be sure that you know what you’re getting into. 

It is ultimately your book and no one can tell you boo. But your reasons should always be more solidly founded than, “I just wanted to!” About everything. Not just POV. 

HERE is a great little article on writing multi-POV. 

Happy writing!

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: People who continue to quote Rustin Cohle to sound deep or who point at the things he says and exclaim 'that's exactly how I feel!' are completely missing the nuance of his entire character arc which takes him- the man with severe PTSD, the man who desperately wants to be a nihilist but can't quite kill the part of himself that cares so damn much- and transforms him into an angry shell of his nonbelief, before finally giving him one small speck of hope for this world, because the whole point throughout the series is that he's wrong, his views are skewed by his own tragedy and the fact that he never let himself come to terms with his daughter's death and empathizing with that and/or quoting his nihilistic views for edgy points only goes to prove that you didn't really pay attention to his character arc or the deeper facets of his character at all and furthermore-

Jungkook is so polite and kind.like i noticed it a long time ago.He behaves so well,whether it is towards his elders or a little kid.He always bows (usually a full nintety degree bow) to whoever he sees,whether it is another artist or a staff member,thanking them for their hard work,brings food for the people he is going to film with,starting from their first ever radio show to his most recent activities,like celebrity bromance with Minwoo.

And of course he is such a sweetheart to his fans.The fans he always tries to pose for,smile and wave so they can take a decent picture of him,no matter how in rush Bangtan is.And of course the little details,like in the airport when a girl that was following him with her camera fell,he wanted to help her but couldn’t because of the securiry stopping him,or at a concert when he gave his water bottle to a fan or when he politely advices girls to stop smoking when he was in Hongdae.

I am very happy,he is growing up so well,because unlike the other members who joined bighit,who,le’ts say, had already kinda formed their personalities due to their age,he was just a shy,fifteen year old boy who had to pretty much face every problem he had alone,due to his introversion and yet,he grew with such a soft,delicate heart.I am so proud of him.

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Ok, this is the best Bendy and the Ink Machine Song i have heard so far! I love how it is also from Henry’s view point for once! The only other song i’ve seen do that is Fandroid’s! That sick back beat really fits the intensiveness this game brings.

Tim and Damian Dating Twins Headcanons

A/N: The boys are older in this, probably young adults. I’m assuming they’re identical twins so here goes.
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Tim and Damian dating twins would include:

> They tried double dating this one time, both couples vowed never again. It was the twins idea and the batboys had reluctantly agreed to it. The twins ended up dragging their respective partner off in opposite directions with low-key insults being thrown whenever the boys were left unattended.
Never again.

> Damian knows the difference, Damian just knows. Even from a mile away he can tell which one is his s/o, it baffles everyone in the family. It’s been this way from the very beginning.

> Tim also knows to the extent of Damian now. It took him a while to figure it out and still when he’s sleep deprived he gets confused.

> At 3am, Tim lazily makes his way into the room, takes the first twin he sees into a hug leaving them confused but they comply anyway.
“Leave my beloved alone Drake.” Damian is clearly unimpressed whilst Tims s/o walks in quite bemused with the situation. Tim then realised his mistake and sheepishly lets go of the other twin to complain into his s/o’s shoulder.

> Dick try’s to tell the difference between them but still mixes up the names occasionally, Jason on the other hand has completely given up.

> Jason resorted to post it notes on each of them labelled ‘Twin 1’ and 'Twin 2’. Stephanie is silently thanking him in the background whilst Damian was less than pleased and almost killed his brother for it. Tim on the other hand grabbed the pen and wrote “the best twin” on his s/o.
Again, Damian = unimpressed and muttered a string of curse words under his breath.

> At the start of the blossoming friendship, the twins indirectly terrorised Batman. The first time they both came to the Manor, Bruce walked past the study where Damian and his s/o were only to bump into Damian’s s/o down the hallway??? He went back to the study, Damian’s s/o is still in there but also walking up the stairs. Alfred took note of Bruce’s confused expression.
“Clearly your nightly activities are interfering with your senses Master Bruce.”
“No, thats not it - you can see it right? Two of them…”
“Sir… I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“What? But Alfred -”
“Ahem. They’re twins sir, it seems Masters Tim and Damian have taken a liking to them.”
“Right. That’s wonderful news.” Sarcasm.

> The twins probably attempted to switch places at least once and it had predictable outcomes.
“What are you doing here (twin 2 name)”
“Aw, Damian you’re no fun! You could’ve at least pretended for a bit.”
“What’d be the fun in that?”
Meanwhile with Tim, he’s going on about this random complicated theory and stops to hear his s/o’s point of view only to be met with severe confusion and no snarky remark.
“You’re not my twin are you?”
“I can happily say that I’m not.”
“This is why I like your twin better!”
“Pffft.”

> If either of the boys need to get something for their respective s/o then they ask their twin for advice since they know them best.

> The twins having secret competitions concerning their batboys, like who gets home from patrol first for example.
Text: Hah! I win, Damian just slipped through the window. ;)
Text: Yeah well… idek where Tim is tbh.
Text: Tim probably got more work done anyway.
“Beloved!”

> The boys get on with each twin but are liable to favouritism when it comes to their partner. As a result they take their side on most things which gets them all into trouble.

> Tim and Damian may not be so fond of each other on the outside, but they’d do anything to save their brother’s s/o because they know how much they mean to them.

School shooter Thomas ‘TJ’ Lane committed the Chardon High School shooting where he shot and killed 3 students, injuring a further three, one of whom became permanently paralysed as a result of his injuries.

When police asked Lane why he had committed the shooting he reportedly replied with a simple ‘I don’t know.’

Lane’s sister, Sadie, was just as shocked at the mass shooting as everyone else, after he was sentenced to life imprisonment she stated:

'It may be hard for some to understand, but I love my brother, and hope that wherever the sentence and life takes him in the future that he can touch others’ lives in a positive way from a point of view that only he can give. The brother in the courtroom and the one that did this is not the brother I knew.’

Why We Love the Signs

Sun, Moon

Aries: Rather than a flame, there’s a wildfire residing inside you. Your enthusiasm and energy spreads out so quickly like so. Contagious you are, your attitude is awed by others. You glow with a passion for anything and everything you adore. However, people adore you beyond your own comprehension. Your radiance surpasses anyone else’s.

Taurus: Down to earth you are, your presence is deep and sound. Your feelings form an earthquake for others, making them alert. You are of importance and you put others feel significant as well. A risk-taker you are, you bring out the wild side of others just by the persuasion of your words. It’s unbelievable how you manage. You bury others in yourself, keeping them in a safe place inside you.

Gemini: You are not two faced; You have two minds. Your brilliance is so great, one mind cannot contain it. The conversationalist you are, you never run out of steam and you get people going. There are sides of you so many want to see, but really, you are not a backstabber. You’re careful in your decisions and you take care in others. Your wit, your intelligence, and your energy is unfathomable.

Cancer: Your emotions bring out the emotions of others. The detached attach to you. You carry a trust that others can’t hold. You bear other’s feelings as you bear the waterfall of your own. The way you care and the way you touch is recognized. Soon, you will be given the satisfaction that you’ve given us. To have a heart– you’re the example.

Leo: You teach us to love ourselves despite the imperfections. You teach us that imperfections are what make us perfect. To love our flaws, to love other’s flaws, are all actions from you. You inspire others to radiate in their own energy just as you do yours. We know how to smile in spite of the hardships all because of you. Your selflessness and generosity overwhelms us with love and compassion. The way you care for us and put us first makes us feel loved and love ourselves. We learn to love from you; we are inspired by you.

Virgo: Just a hello is all they (others) need to know that they have a long way ahead of their relationship with you (the virgo). A healer you are, you’re more than just assistance in one’s journey; you’re necessary. You’re needed, if more so wanted. The lengths you go to reach out is beyond understanding. You’re always on the lookout, watching other’s backs. However, you are not a follower; a leader resides in you, a leader amongst our peers. Knees fall before you.

Libra: You give us an understanding in different points of view. If only you knew how thankful people are to have you and how much the rest anticipate to eventually get you. Like a calm breeze during a hot day, you bring a great dust during the perfect moment. You’re always there, but you’re for sure always there during our most crucial times. Your presence is recognized more than you think.

Scorpio: A mystery you are. To swim deeper and deeper inside you is so vast, others lose themselves in you. Rather than a maze, you’re a completely dark room, containing so much that one will need to make an effort to find. To be a sculpture in a museum or a vase in an antique store, your purpose and very being is a whole new story. You’re more than the embodiment of a mystery novel.

Sagittarius: Because of you, this treacherous journey called life is made fun. We can anticipate just about anything because of you; you could make anything and everything exciting. You radiate an attractive aura that people just can’t get enough of. It’s an automatic trust that you’ve built up ever since the first glance. Your radiance is unfathomable with the relationships you have built, have yet to build, and will potentially build. You bring excitement and longing to our placid lives.

Capricorn: The determination and ambition you have in relationships is too much. You give us so much but we just can’t give back enough. You get out of your way to please us but then we just can’t satisfy you the way you’ve satisfied us because you’re just that unbelievable. The worker you are, you go long ways to fill our needs, wants, and beyond. To love is to be like you.

Aquarius: You fit in every creek and cranny there is. You’re like the river in our sky. You don’t let your emotions befall you and you teach us to stay strong throughout our dark periods. Always there to help, you’re willing to share your wisdom with us. You heal our wounds with honesty yet so much comfort. You’re the cool breeze on a hot day.

Pisces: Your playful nature makes things so lively with you. To be lightweight is to be with you. Residing in you, however, is an ocean of secrets. In spite of those secrets, you’re still willing to prove wrong “the sky is the limit,”–you go way past that. You take us away from our harsh realities and teach us how to dream; in fact, you’re the artist behind our dreams. How much we crave your presence and the adventure you offer is actually in your endless, eternal field of abilities. Ethereal you are, it’s a blessing to have you in our reality.