For Ever

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Nostalgia is a wonderful emotion that I sink into gratefully whenever it strikes me, because it’s a kinder state of grace than memory, which can sometimes settle on the unpleasant things that have happened in life. Even its definition is perfect: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past”, although sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that “the past” truly is as far off in the distance as time would tell us. I thought about this when I found myself listening to The Smashing Pumpkins music this week, marveling at the idea that I bought the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness over twenty years ago. I can still remember listening to it softly on late autumn nights, its wildly diverse musicality underscoring everything from my first real kiss to my … well, sadder moments where my thoughts don’t wish to dwell. And it’s one of those rare albums that has songs on it that make you want to drive fast and live hard, as well as swoon underneath starlight in a lover’s embrace.

The song that has stuck with me most over the years and become a true favorite is “Thirty-Three”. I had always associated its title with the age, thinking back in my tender teenage years about how far away in time my 30s seemed to be, and wondering how they would find me when I arrived. Happy and hopeful, I aspired. Having a beautiful life with wonderful things in store. And while real life sometimes has its challenges, certainly my Second Life has met those hopes and beyond, and in its way, often feels like it exists with fewer limits, greater possibilities, and always more amazing people, places, and experiences to discover. I know I often wax poetic and romantic about SL, but I love that; I wouldn’t be so charmed and compelled to spend time within its virtual embrace if it wasn’t filling me with anticipation and contentment in equal measure. And you know me, dear ones: I love positive energy and try to radiate it fully. In the words of one of my favorite philosophers, “all is well and getting weller”. And in the lyrics of the Smashing Pumpkins, “tomorrow’s just an excuse, and you can make it last forever”.

So I’m dedicating the 33rd* self-portrait I’ve taken in Second Life this year to this wonderful idea of being content where I am, and eager for what’s coming. I went back to the always-inspiring Baja Bay, the place I took my first picture after returning to SL, and used the same hairstyle too, which is also a sentimental nod to my belief that Elikatira created the first hairstyle I ever purchased in Second Life. A lustrous pair of eyes from Avi-Glam, my very favorite eye designer, and the charmingly-named Ever Anchor necklace by YS&YS were further meaningful touches. I think I shall make this my profile picture for a while too; its lovely sunrise reminds me of how much I adore the beaches of SL, and how vivid colors and beautiful vistas always uplift my spirit. You’ll always know me as a sentimentalist, gracious readers, and hopefully with many more delighted moments in the virtual world to share. Here’s to the next 33 pictures, the next 33 places visited and people met, and to the next 33 years that life has to offer. ♡

For Ever
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“And for a moment I lose myself
Wrapped up in the pleasures of the world
I’ve journeyed here and there and back again
But in the same old haunts I still find my friends …
I’ll make the effort, love can last forever
Graceful swans of never topple to the earth
Tomorrow’s just an excuse
And you can make it last, forever you …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Izzie’s Freckles – Body Freckles II (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Appliers & System Layers)
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Avi-Glam Eyes – Ardent Eyes (Aqua v2)
Elikatira Hair – Karee (Essentials HUD)

Style & Pose

Yummy Piercing – Gold Teardrop Septum (Aqua)
YS&YS Jewelry – Ever Anchor Necklace (Gold)

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Baja Bay
🎧 Sounds: The Smashing Pumpkins – Thirty-Three

* I realized after writing this post that I had miscounted, and this is actually my 32nd picture of the year. Grrrr! I could switch the ordering and wait till I get another one done, but being able to laugh at my mistake and be gentle about it makes me feel charmed and happy, so I’m putting this up as is. If you can’t be kind with yourself about your mis-steps, you’ll never be able to move forward. Here’s to making the effort; may it last forever. ♥

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18 thoughts on “For Ever

    Astrid de Manyet said:
    June 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful post. *cheers* and to another 33. :)

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      Ever Amaranthine responded:
      June 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so very much, Astrid! You are a truly kind soul, I appreciate you tremendously! ♥

      Liked by 1 person

    the dune mouse said:
    June 24, 2016 at 8:43 am

    you have a lovely, ingenuous way of expressing yourself. I wish you many adventures.

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      Ever Amaranthine responded:
      June 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Awwww, that is such an incredible compliment, thank you so much, Cybele! I wish you many wonderful adventures too, dear lady! ♥

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    Gia Swizzle said:
    June 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

    That number, 33……
    That is how old I will be soon and I still can’t believe it!
    I will definitely listen to that Smashing Pumpkins song today! My goodness, I can’t believe it’s been that long since its release!
    Heres to 33 more!!
    ❤️❤️

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      Ever Amaranthine responded:
      June 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Dearest Gia, how in the world did our 30s sneak up on us? I demand a recount! I swear, it was the 1990s only a second ago. ;)

      Happy early birthday wishes to you, lovely lady, and thank you always for your amazing kindness! ♥

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        Gia Swizzle said:
        June 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

        You know what??!
        I just had to get a calculator out and do the math……girrrrrrrl! Do you know I am already 33!! I totally forgot -.-
        I don’t think I have ever done that before. So! That means I will be 34 >,<

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    colleen Criss said:
    June 24, 2016 at 11:03 am

    :) I love to read your thought even IF they got out of order! LOL The post and photo are perfect ! You always make me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

      Ever Amaranthine responded:
      June 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Awww, thank you so much Colleen, you are such a treasured lady! Thank you for the big smile too! ♥

      Liked by 1 person

    Nessa June said:
    June 25, 2016 at 11:52 am

    You have such a wonderful way with words! Beautiful post. :)

    Liked by 1 person

      Ever Amaranthine responded:
      June 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Your kindness means so much to me, thank you truly for your amazing compliment, Nessa! ♥

      Like

    mrxclusiive said:
    June 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    beautiful touching words as well as the amazing shot ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    Alex Danick said:
    June 26, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Pretty!!!!….

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    love77777 said:
    June 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This was beautifully written and such a lovely post. It does feel good to be a bit nostalgic. Also, it’s good that you’re not too hard on yourself. Everyone makes little mistakes. Keep being kind to yourself :-P

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      Ever Amaranthine responded:
      June 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Awww, thank you so much, Violet! You’re so right, mistakes are nothing to be hard on ourselves about, they just make us more interesting. :) I hope you’re having a wonderful week, dear lady! ♥

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