"no bad days" is my new impression...the beautiful leeward south shore on the hawaiian island of oahu has wonderfully secluded beaches with lazy palm trees reaching out carefree over the water...you can enjoy relaxing moments here in a peaceful solitude, soothing your soul and feeding your spirit as a tropical sunrise lets you let everything go, let everything be, while at the same time letting you know exactly the meaning of "no bad days"...
"i do not wish to wait until i die to experience no more bad days, i want to live my life now, be alive and make each day count...just as if i'm laying on the beach under a palm tree nestled in a tropical island paradise" ― bodhi, no bad days
bad days, if
only you can change
your mentality, and
see, touch, absorb simply
this blessed beauty of
being, feeling alive
each day, for then
only degrees of
good days in
"i could be sad, but you rather me not be. don't dwell on the negative, just the positivity...when our eyes are open, we'll see things differently...no one can take that away, it's just a beautiful day. i know it's a beautiful day" ― ziggy marley, it's a beautiful day.
"well, fuck 'em, fuck 'em, fuck 'em, fuck 'em all. 'cause there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days" ― bastille, no bad days.
"this is an important lesson to remember when you're having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. things will change: you won't feel this way forever. and anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. i believe you can't feel real joy unless you've felt heartache. you can't have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. you can't know what it's like to feel holy until you know what it's like to feel really fucking evil. and you can't be reborn again until you've died" ― kelly cutrone, if you have to cry
here's some deeply beautiful music you can listen to as you read on with my blog. this is another favourite song of mine, from my favourite reggae artist ziggy marley, and a reggae tune that most people might have never heard before, "it's a beautiful day" by ziggy marley. ...this song is very poignant with it's choice of lyrics and deeper meaning that "every day is a beautiful day of you don't dwell on negativity and instead focus on positivity"...and musically it's just a very soothing melody that at the same time is easy on the ears and lightens your heart and spirit... (just click on any of the words in the blue links to listen to the musical selection)...
"i take a look into the sky, because the world is not so pretty. free myself from worries so i can see: it's just a beautiful day, it's just a beautiful day! you could be sad, but i rather you not be. don't dwell on the negative, just the positivity. and it's a beautiful day, it's just a beautiful day...we're always trying to satisfy these wants and needs. take you some time for that inner peace. when your eyes are open, you'll see things differently. there is so much gloom hiding the reality: it's just a beautiful day, yeah, it's just a beautiful day!! take a look into the sky, wake up, take a look into the sky, keep your head up high, take a look into the sky. i take a look into the sky, because the world is not so pretty, free myself from worries so i can see: it's just a beautiful day!! i could be sad, but you rather me not be. don't dwell on the negative, just the positivity. and it's a beautiful day, and it's a beautiful day!!! we're always trying to satisfy these wants and needs. take you some time for that inner peace. when our eyes are open, we'll see things differently. there's so much gloom hiding the reality: it's just a beautiful day, a beautiful day!!! take a look into the sky. wake up. take a look into the sky. look in the sky, keep your head up high. it's just a beautiful day, i know it's a beautiful day. it's just a beautiful day, i know it's a beautiful day...no one can take that away, it's just a beautiful day. i know it's a beautiful day. don't you feel no way, it's just a beautiful day!" ― ziggy marley, it's a beautiful day.
"when you are down, stay positive, and hopeful. focus on the good in your life. keep a positive mentality. you'll start feeling better, start feeling good. and there'll be no more bad days, just degrees of good days for you" ― bodhi, no bad days
"some days (like the one in my photo) are better than other days, but as long as you're alive and living, there are no bad days" ― bodhi, no bad days
as i've mentioned many times before, i'm certain that i'm lucky to be me...but sometimes i get lost in useless noise and overwhelmed by the things missing in my life. in those needless times i forget about all the really wonderful things i have: my profession as both a photographer and a high school teacher, my great memories of all my experiences in my life, my home here in socal, my doggie besos, my father, my mother, my auntie, my cousins, and my really close friends who know me as well as, if not better than myself...
"no matter how bad a day might be, it's always better than the alternative of not having another day at all...another day is always a good day" ― bodhi, no bad days
i don't wish to wait until i die to experience "no more bad days", i want to live my life now, be alive and make each day count...just as if i'm laying on the beach under a palm tree nestled in a tropical island paradise, even if it's raining, or i'm lonely, or my life has taken an unwelcome turn...sometimes those less than happy days manage to help me keep all those really good days in the right perspective...and no matter how bad a day might be, it's always better than the alternative: not having another day at all...getting another day is always a good day!
so, with each new sunrise and the hope of enjoying a new day, remember it's gonna be a good day no matter what, no days are ever truly bad so long as you are living...when you are down, stay positive, and hopeful. focus on the good in your life. keep a positive mentality. you will start feeling better, start feeling good. and there'll be no more bad days, just degrees of good days for you, trust me...
"fuck the bad days, fuck them, fuck them all. don't even accept them. because there'll be no bad days when you're grateful to be alive. they can't exist if each day is a blessing to be lived, and every new day you get is reason to celebrate" ― bodhi, no bad days.
for this next song i've selected...once you've read the background (see next paragraph below) of this deeply emotional and personal song released in 2022, "no bad days" by bastille. you'll clearly understand without a doubt how it goes along perfectly with the deeper meaning of my impression and blog today--plus, it also has the same exact title as my photo too...(just click on any of the words in the blue links to listen to the musical selection)....
bastille frontman dan smith's auntie passed away in 2019 after battling cancer for two decades. he wrote this song after visiting her in an australian hospital bed near the end of her life. it finds smith taking solace that when his aunt dies, she'll have "no more bad days." he told apple music, "i sat at a keyboard singing through a vocoder and the melodies just fell out." session musician jack duxbury joins bastille on the track. "i wanted to surprise people with the bruce hornsby-inspired piano solo that jack duxbury played," smith said. "i feel like it says more emotionally than any words could..."
bastille recorded the song for their science fiction concept album "give me the future. dan smith continued in his interview with apple music by saying, "the record is about our relationship with each other and with technology and different versions of the future and the past...and no bad days is the emotional core of it..." smith's auntie lived in an australian state that had just legalized assisted dying and she was one of the first people to go down that path. "to me, she's amazing for having taken that decision," he told the guardian, "and was so amazingly generous at helping guide all the people around her that she loved through this incredibly difficult situation..."...wow, and a big reason this song was one of my favourite tunes in all of 2022
"when you got the call that no one wants to have, sick of hospitals, to paper over cracks. you weren't scared at all but never turned away. well, fuck 'em, fuck 'em, fuck 'em, fuck 'em all. stop...stop signs, run 'em. bills, don't pay 'em. who would care at all? burn your money, ain't worth nothing on your curtain call. there'll be no bad days. there'll be no bad days. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days. when you're gone, gone. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days...so your future's lost, but they can't take your past. and you said no tears 'round here anymore, but i ain't crying. that's you crying. well, fuck 'em, fuck 'em, fuck 'em, fuck 'em all. 'cause there'll be no bad days. there'll be no bad days. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days. when you're gone, gone. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days. stop. there'll be no bad days. there'll be no bad days. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days. when you're gone, gone. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days. no, no bad days. no bad days. bad days gone, gone. there'll be no bad days, you'll have no more bad days" ― bastille, no bad days.
"having a bad day is really just being lost in a negative state of mind, so just use positive thoughts to transform the bad into good and there'll be no more bad days" ― bodhi, no bad days
MORE QUOTES FOR EXTRA MEANING
nina simone is "feeling good"...nina sings about how good it feels if you start something new and fresh. the song talks about the entities of nature and how they can be related to the seasons. it’s about change and how good it can feel once you finally let go of the past...this song is perfect for anyone struggling to move on from a bad relationship or experience. it’s about accepting change and learning to embrace the newness of life. if you’re feeling down, this song is definitely for you...
this song, a classic from the mid 1960s is so boldly optimistic, with a fresh message about feeling good about starting something new, a new beginning. it’s about change and how good it can feel once you finally let go of the past...this song is perfect for anyone struggling to move on from a bad relationship or experience. it’s about accepting change and learning to embrace the newness of life.and the lyrics are sung in such a way, like she's talking to the many entities of nature, telling them that they know how she is feeling. nina also talks of having a new world with all the parts of nature to always enjoy even if she is all alone. nature and her can feel good about their connection. feeling good may not exactly mean happiness in this song, as it simply means being one with nature at peace. this jazzy song is very slow, but there is a buildup as nina sings about her new beginning, and the instrumental buildup gets any music lover excited, and feeling unstoppable about having a new chapter in their life ...this song is so powerful, reflecting a new day, a new beginning, and a new hope in this new year of 2023....and with its lyrics, it is the perfect accompaniment to connect music with the deeper meaning of my impression and blog today: "feeling good" by nina simone....(just click on any of the words in the blue links to listen to the musical selection)....
"birds flying high, you know how i feel. sun in the sky, you know how i feel. breeze driftin' on by, you know how i feel. it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, yeah...it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, ooh, and i'm feeling good...fish in the sea, you know how i feel. river running free, you know how i feel. blossom on the tree, you know how i feel. it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and i'm feeling good...dragonfly out in the sun you know what i mean, don't you know? butterflies all having fun, you know what i mean. sleep in peace when day is done, that's what i mean. and this old world, is a new world. and a bold world for me, yeah-yeah. stars when you shine, you know how i feel. scent of the pine, you know how i feel. oh, freedom is mine and i know how i feel. it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me. i'm feeling good" ― nina simone, feeling good.
"every day, think as you wake up, today i am fortunate to be alive, i have a precious human life, i am not going to waste it. i am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. i am going to have kind thoughts towards others, i am not going to get angry or think badly about others. i am going to benefit others as much as i can" ― dalai lama xiv, the art of happiness
"one day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"mend my life!"
each voice cried.
but you didn't stop.
you knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
it was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
but little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save"
"on the darkest days you have to search for a spot of brightness, on the coldest days you have to seek out a spot of warmth; on the bleakest days you have to keep your eyes onward and upward. and on the saddest days, you have to leave your eyes open to let them cry. to then let them dry. to give them a chance to wash out the pain in order to see the blessing of life clearly once again" ― tahereh mafi, unravel me
"today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration, why not you? today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them, why not you? today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today, why not you? today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present, why not you? today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment, why not you? today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits, why not you? today, many will find abundance in simplicity, why not you? today is a new day! many will seize this day. many will live it to the fullest, why not you?" ― steve maraboli, today
"don't take life too seriously. punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. laugh at it--and laugh a lot. never go a day without laughing at least once" ― colleen hoover, slammed
"for the first time in longer than i can remember, i feel peaceful. not happy. not sad. not anxious. not hungry. not horny. just all the higher parts of my brain closing up shop. the cerebral cortex. the cerebellum. that's where my problem is. i'm now simplifying myself. somewhere balanced in the perfect middle between happiness and sadness. because sponges never have a bad day" ― chuck palahniuk, choke
"far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. orbiting this, at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet, whose ape descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. this planet has, or had, a problem, which was this. most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small, green pieces of paper, which is odd, because on the whole, it wasn't the small, green pieces of paper which were unhappy. and so the problem remained, and lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake coming down from the trees in the first place, and some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no-one should ever have left the oceans. and then one day, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl, sitting on her own in a small cafe in rickmansworth suddenly realised what it was that had been going wrong all this time and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. this time it was right, it would work, and no-one would have to get nailed to anything. sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone, the planet was unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and so the idea was lost forever" ― douglas adams, the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
"as you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. it's absolutely true that: wherever you go, there you are." ― richard carlson, don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff
"a lonely day is god's way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you" ― criss jami, killosophy
"this is about all the bad days in the world. i used to have some little bad days, and i kept them in a little box. and one day, i threw them out into the yard. "oh, it's just a couple little innocent bad days" well, we had a big rain. so don't plant your bad days. they grow into weeks. the weeks grow into months. before you know it you got yourself a bad year. take it from me. choke those little bad days. choke 'em down to nothin'. they're your days. choke 'em!" ― tom waits
"it is like a man standing for decades on the seashore, embracing certain ‘good’ waves and trying to prevent them from disintegrating, while simultaneously pushing back ‘bad’ waves to prevent them from getting near him. day in, day out, the man stands on the beach, driving himself crazy with this fruitless exercise. eventually, he sits down on the sand and just allows the waves to come and go as they please. how peaceful!" ― yuval noah harari, sapiens
"little darling, i feel that ice is slowly melting. little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear. here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and i say it's all right, it's all right" ― the beatles, here comes the sun.
"i can see clearly now the rain is gone. i can see all obstacles in my way. gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. it's gonna be a bright bright sunshiny day" ― jimmy cliff, i can see clearly now.
"sorrow prepares you for joy. it violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can have a new beginning and find space to enter. it shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that new green leaves can grow in their place. it pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far newer things will take their place" ― jalaluddin rumi, words of paradise
and here is another lovely tune...because everyday i get to awaken and take my next breath is the best day of my life, some days (like the one in my photo) are better than other days, but there are no bad days..."best day of my life" by the american authors....this song from nine years ago in 2014 is upbeat and positive, talking about starting a new day, having a great day, one that's going to be the best ever...(just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
"i had a dream so big and loud. i jumped so high i touched the clouds. wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh. i stretched my hands out to the sky, we danced with monsters through the night. wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh...i'm never gonna look back, whoa. i'm never gonna give it up, no. please don't wake me now (two, three, four)...this is gonna be the best day of my life, my li-i-i-i-i-ife. this is gonna be the best day of my life. my li-i-i-i-i-ife...i howled at the moon with friends. and then the sun came crashing in. wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh. but all the possibilities, no limits, just epiphanies. wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh. i'm never gonna look back, whoa. i'm never gonna give it up, no. just don't wake me now. this is gonna be the best day of my life. my li-i-i-i-i-ife. this is gonna be the best day of my life, my li-i-i-i-i-ife...i hear it calling outside my window. i feel it in my soul (soul). the stars were burning so bright, the sun was out 'til midnight. i say we lose control (control). this is gonna be the best day of my life, my li-i-i-i-i-ife. this is gonna be the best day of my life, my li-i-i-i-i-ife. this is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gonna be the best day of my life. everything is looking up, everybody up now! this is gonna be the best day of my life, my li-i-i-i-i-ife" ― american authors, best day of my life.
ABOUT THIS IMPRESSION
"with each new sunrise and hope of enjoying a new day, remember it's gonna be a good day no matter what, no days are truly ever bad so long as you are living" ― bodhi, no bad days
this impression was captured on kahala beach near honolulu on the hawaiian island of oahu on a windless morning about ten minutes before sunrise at 6:59am hst on january 17th, 2023...this composition is comprised of a single long exposure (f/11@44mm for 1 second, iso-64)...
in my photography, i always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
first, a 1.8 nd progrey aurora filter. to bring the light in the image down 6 stops and permit for the 1 second exposure which allows for my style of photography in creating the dreamy blur in the clouds and the softness in the gentle waves coming ashore onto the beach, plus naturally saturate all the yellow, pink, green, and blue colors in the image (i would not have been able to use this long exposure and filters if the wind was blowing, because the palm fronds in the image would be blurred severely)...
combined with the second filter, a 0.9 gnd progrey aurora filter. to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it...in this case, to stop down the exposure an extra three stops to better balance the much brighter light in the left hand side of the sky (the light from the approaching sunrise directly behind me) with the darker shadows in the palm trees, this helps to permit details to expose better in the palm trees, and the golden sands of the beach in the foreground, and thus come out better in the exposure...
"you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?" ― bodhi, blessed
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhi, if
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhi, into my photo
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhi, my world
leave you today wishing that bright joy
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count,
no matter what, always and forever,
for that is the only thing that truly matters...
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
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