Suddenly. Unexpectedly. All at once. In the heat of the moment. I couldn’t help it. I just had to have you. We don’t plan, we don’t choose; things change, things happen. One minute, you’re innocently staring at your best friend, and then the next you’re wanting them, in every sense of the word. Maybe there were already feelings there, maybe something has just shifted, maybe you’ve always wanted to. Or maybe you’re just pleasantly surprised. There’s a chemical reaction when you kiss, smoke alarms going off and shivers running up and down your spine, and you’re surprised. It’s a good thing, maybe a very good thing. Maybe even a great thing. I couldn’t help it. I had to have you. Maybe it’s in their eyes lusting your own, or in the way they bite and lick their bottom lip in anticipation and want, need. Maybe it’s in the quick shake of the head; this is wrong, we shouldn’t do this. Maybe it’s the overwhelming feeling of wanting to discover a new layer to someone you never would have expected. Maybe it’s in the air, in the tension that’s grown over the years. Maybe it truly is in the heat of the moment and it’s out of your control. Maybe it happens suddenly, and the desperation to touch, to feel, to learn, is so great that there is nothing you can do about it. It can’t be bad, can’t be terrible, can’t ruin a friendship. Or maybe your friendship needs to be destroyed to make way for something new, something unexpected, something close to love and similar to fate. And maybe everything happens all at once.
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Since the release of Blackfish, a documentary which chronicled the troubled life of the orca Tilikum (above), in 2013, the percentage of Americans opposed to cetacean captivity has risen to 50% (up 11% from a 2012 poll). SeaWorld’s attendance has dropped 13% in the first quarter of 2014, with earnings down 11%. The Blackstone Group, which purchased SeaWorld in 2009, reduced their holdings of SeaWorld’s stock to 25%. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is now considering ending their practice of displaying dolphins and retiring their animals to a sea pen. The ‘Blackfish effect’ has changed so many lives, but what about its star, Tilikum?
After a year of costly PR campaigns, YouTube videos and commercials touting their exceptional animal care, Tilikum and the other orcas at SeaWorld’s parks haven’t seen any real improvement in their lives. Their tanks haven’t been expanded, broken family bonds have not been repaired and Tilikum the deadly 12,000 pound bull orca is still floating like a cork in the dank pool that made him famous. After a year of protests, reduced turnstile clicks and constant attacks on their social media platforms, SeaWorld still hasn’t gotten the message and Tilikum, the one being whose existence should have felt the biggest impact from the Blackfish effect, remains untouched by its message.
SeaWorld is never going to volunteer to do the right thing by Tilikum or any of their 28 other whales, it’s up to us to #emptythetanks.
Kawhi Leonard NBA Finals MVP 2014!! Your dad would be proud 🙌✨
Finals MVP. Future of the game. Kawhi.
You are special. No words…