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I am reposting this in hopes all of my friends will read this in its entirety, for its beauty , and to show my excitement to see this amazing man this weekend. It’s gonna be EPIC. Thanks for the beautiful words @williampcorgan @repostapp #smashingpumpkins #loveyourself ・・・ Stole this image from my friend @laneyjones1967. In case you haven't noticed(?) , I love sharing the artwork of others, especially that which celebrates my work or the imagery associated with it. And though this may sound like a misplaced thought, it has taken me decades to embrace how I 'look' physically; for though I was in awe of my Mother's beauty -and my Father has always been considered quite handsome (and trust me, everyone always went out of their way to tell me)- my own family treated me like an ugly ducking. And told me so! (My brother being the 'beautiful one': their words not mine). So entering the public sphere as a young man of 18 or 19 my experiences were pretty much the same, with many an article written about my appearance (bad posture, crooked teeth, and of course, the unmissable 'chrome dome'; again, their words, not mine), and many a photo shoot where the photographers asked me to stand in the back not because I was tall but because they did not like my vampyrish countenance spoiling their shot. Now, let me be clear, I share these things not for sympathy but to hopefully inspire and encourage others to more so embrace, and gently so, their own beauty without the same kind of harsh, negative judgement that I bestowed on my own self year after year after year. To all this, there is no cute end: each of us is as God made us, or if you're more comfortable with the language: as Nature made us. And with kind eyes I say that everyone I encounter along the way is beautiful to me, and is loved deeply by someone out there for a very good reason. Because there's only one of you, just like there is -thank God!- only one of me. For if there was two it would certainly signal the end of the world. So that's a gentle joke for the fetching trolls lurking under my rainbow bridge. Be you, love you, and surrender to the power of Love.