Mad World

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere

Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very, very
Mad world, mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me, what’s my lesson?
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very, very
Mad world, mad world, mad world
Mad world mad world

Original Lyrics by Gary Jules (Tears For Fears)

Mad World, Alex Parks 

So, this series was exactly 56 shots, which had a total of 35 shots I connected with and wanted to process, but for the sake of not wanting to fill up my profile with a million narcissistic pictures of me (and this series) all at the same time, this is the last one I am sharing at this point.

When I saw this particular image in my LR import, I immediately thought of the song Mad World, but not the Tears For Fears version, the version by Alex Parks that originally made its way to one of my indie Pandora stations a few years ago.

It even mildly resembled the pose (accidentally) from her Introduction album.

Out of the few images I have processed so far, this one is the least post composited and it was because I thought the pose and expression said more about the story than added colors or shapes could.  I left it pretty normal other than the typical beauty processing that I have become kind of known for with my selfys – artistic, if you will.

Now, why this one became the last image I am sharing from the series and why it is accompanied with the song that it reminded me of?  That is pretty simple:

This time of year, beyond my own stories of sadness, I hear so many people talk about how they are in stores and people rudely shove past them, or are on the roadways and people nearly cause accidents because they believe they have a right to cut someone off, and even more tales about how people are forgetting that kindness is the reason for the season.  No one person on this planet is more deserving of respect than the person next to him and I find it sad that at this time of year so many people lose sight of that.

It is not a season of selfishness, privilege, treating others as invisible or making anyone feel anything less than appreciated.  Some of us put up lights in and on our homes and they spread light and cheer; why on Earth would anyone want to try to dim that with darkness and cruelty?

It is a mad world at times…

I think people get stuck in ruts, I truly do.  We forget that life it a gift and that we share our gifts with each other daily – we do not need one day during the year to share love, camaraderie, and blessed feelings, and I wanted to post this as a reminder that we can all make positive changes to the world one person at a time; whether it is with a smile, an “excuse me” in a crowded store, giving to those less fortunate, or being grateful to the family and friends who love us dearly.

We can be the change we want to see and I challenge you all to break the “mad world” cycle this year and make joyousness and awesomesauce reign supreme this holiday season!

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#lyricallyinspired  with +Jason Jakober +Amanda Recker and +Tara Romasanta 

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+Women of a Certain Age  #womenofacertainage  with+Janice Hackney and +Elizabeth Lund 

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