Disclaimer: I do not promote trespassing on grounds that is off limits to the public. If you wish to visit an abandoned place, for your safety, please reach out to the property owners to gain access. If you don’t, I am not held accountable for the fines that may occur.
I’ve been thinking a lot. This usually happens when I get closer to finishing a class for my MBA. My mind and body is just drained, but knows I will be able to have some freedom soon and all I can think about is possibilities. In all honesty, it is hard to focus because my mind is all over the place. This hasn’t happened before until I really started getting into self-actualization. My creative side has been pushing through very hard recently also. Keeps wanting me to go here, do this, drive here, but I have my job. I am not complaining, by no means, but when Friday hits. The gates are open and I am doing as much as I can to get that taste. The taste of inspiration, the taste of creation, the taste of life.
At work I have been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Most from musicians I enjoy. They are quite interesting. Not only do I hear the behind the scenes stories of the industry, but I also hear about their adventures in touring and personal life. It is crazy how we are a lot of like. How traveling and driving is in our blood. My one friend, who comes along with me on almost all my adventures, have joked about starting a podcast. It would only be during the car ride to the location. We would start the engine and hit record. Then we think who would even want to hear our rambles?
It is funny though, long car rides, to me, are where you really get to know someone. They are also a test. A test to see if you can really deal with someone. For those of you that are dating, test it out and see. Disclaimer: I have no part in your break up though. The talks my friend and I have are different. People that know me wouldn’t think that what we talk about, we would talk about. We do joke, which is our dumb humor, talk about music, girls, life, but we have common themes. Mostly about the government, the current state of GMO’s, animal rights, human rights, and conspiracies, but then we talk about self fulfillment and actualization. Something we don’t think people know about.
We feel a lot people are born, go to school, get a job, get a family, settle, and die. Now, I don’t have a problem with this, if that is life, then so be it. I too want a family and love just as much as anyone. Heck, sometimes I think I want love more than I want gold, but I don’t push it. My friend and I feel that you need to know who you are before you take someone else down the path with you. My path is travelling. I am learning more about myself through travelling to all these places and searching for that inspiration. Also times have changed, not many people are getting married young, then again divorce rate is high. It is a scary thing.
Point is, I’ve known a few people that didn’t know who they were and they hurt a lot people around them. I am not saying isolate yourself, because sometimes you need to meet new people to know who are, but try and be considerate. What I am trying to say is do what you love and go out there and see what you can do. Maybe your path was to meet someone in high school and then settle down at 23, but don’t lose sight of what is in your heart. I think a lot of people out there are capable of a lot more than what they think, but they lose it somewhere. Do you want your last breathe to be of glory or regret?
The reason I bring this up is because at the place I was going to, I brought my one friend and four other friends. Now it was an interesting car ride and some of the people are married or just want to settle down now even though they don’t know what they want in life. However, they feel now is the time to. Trying to bring up serious topics didn’t really work out. I kept thinking let’s expand our minds with different things, but it didn’t work. Then again, to some I shouldn’t talk, because I never done drugs or drank to know how to experience things. Yet I am living proof that you don’t need that stuff to understand life and experience life.
The drive was leading us to South Junior High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey. I’ve been here once, but didn’t cover much. This time, with a new camera, I covered everywhere. The reason the school is abandoned is still unclear. Oddly enough right next door is a fully functional school. It is quite a weird set up. Places like these get me excited. This is what I live for. There is something beautiful about abandon places like these. As they say, if only these walls could talk. I won’t say much about this adventure, because I think the pictures speak for themselves. Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? You will see us being goofy and exercising.
I don’t know what the future of the school is, but my first entrance was cemented off. It is only a matter of time till this is no more and just a memory. Something that is hard to comprehend in life, but we must move forward from our past. Sometimes though, our past may have been our better half.
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These pictures are incredible. I was there in the 70s, and I remember the glory of this beautiful building very well. Leon Uris’s wife, Jill Uris, took photographs of Ireland around that time (the “Troubles”) and titled her book “Ireland: a Terrible Beauty.” When I see these photos, that’s what I think. It is terrible what happened to the building where so many memories were made, but the photos are so terribly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.