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“Been hunting?” “Get anything?” Those were always the first questions my father in law would ask when I saw him.  Even if it wasn’t hunting season, we would talk hunting and I would show him pictures from hunting trips or trail camera photos or photos from friends and family’s hunts.  His smile lit up the room. The way his eyes would light up every time I told him a story brings tears to my eyes now.
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After he lost the ability to speak he would draw me pictures of the times he killed a bear or wolf.
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About 6 weeks before he passed, he gave all of his hunting rifles to his grandchildren and his hunting buddies.
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Except this one.
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He wanted me to have this one.
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This pump action .30-06 was his “big game” gun used in those bear and wolf hunts.  I’d never seen it before the day he insisted I take it. 
Now it’s my rifle.  To say it is special is an understatement.  Sighting in this rifle and harvesting game with it are incredibly sentimental moments as I get to continue family traditions and honor his memory.
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It’s more than a gun.  It’s memory and spirit of @dkterdonna father.  For centuries men have passed knowledge and tools from one generation to the next in order to provide for their families. Chief among them were the weapons used to acquire food &/or protect the homestead.
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Some things have power and significance beyond the surface level. This is one of those moments.
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Special thank you to @sd.evolution for braving the 33 degree rain to help make it happen. ❄️🎯 #bebetter #dobetter #family #guns #hunting #tradition #connection #camo #outdoors #nature #biggame #fuckcancer
“Been hunting?” “Get anything?” Those were always the first questions my father in law would ask when I saw him. Even if it wasn’t hunting season, we would talk hunting and I would show him pictures from hunting trips or trail camera photos or photos from friends and family’s hunts. His smile lit up the room. The way his eyes would light up every time I told him a story brings tears to my eyes now. . After he lost the ability to speak he would draw me pictures of the times he killed a bear or wolf. . About 6 weeks before he passed, he gave all of his hunting rifles to his grandchildren and his hunting buddies. . Except this one. . He wanted me to have this one. . This pump action .30-06 was his “big game” gun used in those bear and wolf hunts. I’d never seen it before the day he insisted I take it. Now it’s my rifle. To say it is special is an understatement. Sighting in this rifle and harvesting game with it are incredibly sentimental moments as I get to continue family traditions and honor his memory. . It’s more than a gun. It’s memory and spirit of @dkterdonna father. For centuries men have passed knowledge and tools from one generation to the next in order to provide for their families. Chief among them were the weapons used to acquire food &/or protect the homestead. . Some things have power and significance beyond the surface level. This is one of those moments. . Special thank you to @sd.evolution for braving the 33 degree rain to help make it happen. ❄️🎯 #bebetter #dobetter #family #guns #hunting #tradition #connection #camo #outdoors #nature #biggame #fuckcancer
There is something that burns inside me every single day.
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Some days I’m able to articulate and express it and I feel invincible.
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Other days it feels more like a burden than a blessing.
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Those are the most frustrating days to be inside my own head.
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Those days I have always found refuge in nature and art - especially music. More and more I’m finding it in other forms, written word, movies, and paintings.
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Nature doesn’t have to do anything. It simply exists.
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Art, on the other hand, must be created. I draw strength, energy and inspiration from both.
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With art, I’m ceaselessly amazed by how others have been able to successfully communicate their musings in a way that satisfies their soul but also entertains and helps others. (Looking at you @springsteen & @tommorello ).
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“I've done my best to live the right way
I get up every morning and go to work each day
But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
Explode and tear this whole town apart
Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
Find somebody itching for something to start
The dogs on Main Street howl
'Cause they understand
If I could wrench one moment into my hands
Mister I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man
And I believe in a promised land”  I’ve also realized I’m far from alone in this “struggle”. Talking with others who understand this mental battle helps tremendously. Not to get answers, but to reinforce that I’m not alone and the struggle break through is a worthwhile pursuit.
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Shout out to @dkterdonna @caroburckle @1scottmcgee @ihviiimattvincent @mrjoebuckner and Dad for helping more than you know with your words today.
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To everyone out there seeking and creating, stay the course. The juice is worth the squeeze. (The squeeze is life.)
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And never underestimate the power of checking in with people. Send the note. You know the one I’m talking about.
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Embody the light. Practice eternity.
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As a I write this I realize I haven’t been writing enough lately. Channeling this into words is cathartic. More coming...
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📷 by @ryhormel 
#fuckyourfeelings #nature #art #creative #expression #light #tao #sisu #unconquerable #writing #music #outdoors
There is something that burns inside me every single day. . Some days I’m able to articulate and express it and I feel invincible. . Other days it feels more like a burden than a blessing. . Those are the most frustrating days to be inside my own head. . Those days I have always found refuge in nature and art - especially music. More and more I’m finding it in other forms, written word, movies, and paintings. . Nature doesn’t have to do anything. It simply exists. . Art, on the other hand, must be created. I draw strength, energy and inspiration from both. . With art, I’m ceaselessly amazed by how others have been able to successfully communicate their musings in a way that satisfies their soul but also entertains and helps others. (Looking at you @springsteen & @tommorello ). . “I've done my best to live the right way I get up every morning and go to work each day But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode Explode and tear this whole town apart Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart Find somebody itching for something to start The dogs on Main Street howl 'Cause they understand If I could wrench one moment into my hands Mister I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man And I believe in a promised land” I’ve also realized I’m far from alone in this “struggle”. Talking with others who understand this mental battle helps tremendously. Not to get answers, but to reinforce that I’m not alone and the struggle break through is a worthwhile pursuit. . Shout out to @dkterdonna @caroburckle @1scottmcgee @ihviiimattvincent @mrjoebuckner and Dad for helping more than you know with your words today. . To everyone out there seeking and creating, stay the course. The juice is worth the squeeze. (The squeeze is life.) . And never underestimate the power of checking in with people. Send the note. You know the one I’m talking about. . Embody the light. Practice eternity. . As a I write this I realize I haven’t been writing enough lately. Channeling this into words is cathartic. More coming... . 📷 by @ryhormel #fuckyourfeelings #nature #art #creative #expression #light #tao #sisu #unconquerable #writing #music #outdoors