#1,000: That's a Big Number for a Creature Living in a ToiletJul 14, 2010 Write an essay on this topic.
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In many ways, life is a lot like a toilet. Sometimes I'm convinced that Earth is purgatory. Everything you plan can just get flushed away, and its hard to fight the current. Yet at the very least you can tread water, even with all of the challenges life throws our way. All people, and ocean creatures for that matter, are capable of that. Today I was out biking, and laughed when I thought, "How on Earth did what starting out to become writing maybe fifty or one hundred reviews become a thousand?" Then I realized there are advantages to having tentacles full of ink.
Its taken almost six years to reach this number. When I started out here, my goal was to use this as a launching pad to becoming published. I so badly wanted to see listed in the annals of literature: Dickens, Melville, Shakespeare, and Toiletoctopus. That's not going to happen, but I do hope that my reviews and online writings won't get that "it was a dark and stormy night" award. It would be a traumatizing event, that could only be relieved by large amounts of tequila, and perhaps weeks marooned on a Caribbean island.
Epinions has meant a lot. We really are a community here, but I love to use the term dysfunctional family. There's love, but due to our differences of opinions, and approaches, its one crazy place. That's okay though, as its much more fascinating than if we were all a Borg like collective. That would really suck. I've learned so much from a lot of people, many whom have inspired me with their tales of courage, and absolute resilience. The past year has been especially difficult, yet Epinions stepped up to spread awareness about Angelman Syndrome, and be there for our family when our son passed away from a seizure related to it. May there one day be a cure, or at least better medicines to prevent these types of events. Tommy's younger brother has no choice, because while he's only ten months old now, he's going to continue his legacy.
So what does the future hold? Who knows, as we are all thrown around in the toilet, flung in directions unknown. I hope to continue to be active on Epinions, and other freelance types of sites. Epinions has been a great hobby, that has allowed me to pay for gas, utilities, and groceries during tough times. It is now helping us to afford a vacation to Puerto Rico. Is it perfect? Nope, but what is in life? There are site issues, and areas of concern most recently, but I'm hoping that Epinions and the rest of the economy will make a recovery.
Finally, I want to address an area of concern. I am not perfect, but rather a flawed human being.(With eight tentacles) What I've learned from Epinions, is #1 I need to appreciate life more, and #2 I need to reduce my short fused temper. To anyone I've offended, please accept my apologies if I've come off a bit harsh. While I wish I could blame it on my genetic Scottish blood, really what it comes down to is that sometimes I've blown up at the drop of a hat. Its not healthy to anyone, and with exercise and a focus on prayer and meditations, I'm trying to become better at this. There are a few here that didn't deserve my wrath, although there are a few that have earned it :).
Thank you to those, especially in the beginning, who mentored me. I don't care if I'll ever be published now, and just hope to become a better writer, and to learn more from other people. There are a lot of amazing folks here. In fact, I think if you look at the compassion and camaraderie here, its more proof of a loving and caring God. I do think God challenges us, but at the same time, the great spirit in the sky does have a sense of humor. The best part about humor is it is free. In closing, I'd like to pass on my son's view of the world. That is smile and laugh more, while providing hugs to everyone. That's what life is all about.
God bless you all,
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