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Last one standing

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To be the last one standing can be a lonely and ultimately unsatisfactory place to be. You may have put an immense amount of effort to be the last one standing, but once you are there, there is no one else to whole-heartedly celebrate a victory or triumph. There will always be at least a touch of envy and frequently some resentment of your success. True, you may be admired, but there will a distance between you and others that you have bested; one always stands a bit separated from everyone when victorious. Or one may have endured immense trials and tribulations, have attempted to rescue others in danger, and have failed to save them from physical or mental disaster. When you are the only one left standing you are also left lonely and alone and without recourse to support systems you’ve depended upon in the past. In both cases you do have choices: you can choose to re-engage with people or groups you have ‘defeated,’ recognizing that you have ‘won’ in only one contest and making sure you feel a connection and realize you are only human and will inevitably ‘fail’ at some time. In the other case you can choose to make the best of the situation and devise ways to reconstruct a different world for yourself. Isn’t it best to think of reconnecting with others when making your choice?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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