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Dwayne Parton

Dwayne PartonI don’t know what I’m doing. I’m from North Carolina, but it seems like every time I go home I just want to leave. I get stuck in a routine and I’m just not satisfied. I’d rather suffer a little, not know where I’m going to sleep, or what’s going to happen rather than sit at home and watch Netflix every evening. Not that there’s something wrong with that, it’s just not what I want.

It’s easy to get caught up with, I don’t know what you call it, chasing money, entertainment, or satisfaction? But it never seems to be fulfilling. I’m not rich by any means but I’m pretty satisfied with where I am financially. I don’t need any more, and well I guess at some point I had this idea that life was about always working towards something. Sometimes it feels like it’s Game Over. I can do what ever I want within reason at home. But I don’t want to sit here and embrace the media goddesses. I want to experience. Isn’t that what life is?

I’m too serious most of the time. I don’t know why, I just get caught up in it. I care way too much about what people think. Today I’m sitting in a coffee shop trying to write something of significance. You know like, something epic, some grand adventure that will leave you inspired. See I’m overthinking it. It’s far more simple than that. Good stories take you on a journey. It’s got ups and it’s got downs. I want to embrace both. Not run from the downs, and enjoy the ups. I want a good story, not a predictable one. For me, when life is too predictable it gets boring.

I remember turning 25 and thinking, “What am I doing…I’m already 25, I’m going to miss the life I want if I don’t start it now”. That was when I first felt that unrest. There’s definitely a time to come home but when I can’t handle it anymore…I leave to embrace the unexpected! How you say? Well, now I’ve got a van:

I try to take photos when I’m out. Partly, because I like sharing them with everyone. They seem to love them and that feels good. Really I’m not a photographer though. I spend a lot of time “Going Meta.” Trying to work out what this life is all about. Wrestling with the internal conflicts of how I was raised. Because of this people often think I’m sad, but it just goes back to what I said early. I care to much, and I’m working on that.

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