The Volcano, Dylan Mulvaney, and Deal or No Deal

I recently watched the documentary about the New Zealand volcano eruption, “The Volcano: Rescue From Whakaari,” which was a few years ago now. It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad they wrap it up on a positive note but talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t know if anyone specifically is at fault for the injuries (and death) suffered from the visitors of the crater but goodness gracious, it’s amazing how just two minutes can change a lifetime.


Then there’s Dylan Mulvaney. He recently had facial surgery to look more like a woman and, to be honest, his post surgery pic looks like he was on that volcano island after it erupted. His face is all bandaged up and he’s just a bloody mess. Not that I have it all together because I certainly don’t, but I feel sad for him. Plus many, many cringey moments in the clips I’ve seen of his on TikTok and elsewhere.


But I’ll wrap up with such an inspiring story that started with an episode of “Deal or No Deal.” There was this day where I was in my robe all day because, well, it’s the holidays and DON’T JUDGE ME! But anyway, a cheery tennis player was the contestant and she was so vibrant and happy. This was an episode from 2007 so I looked her up in “where are they now?” style and I could hardly believe what I was reading. Still as vibrant, happy, and cheery but she’s had quite the journey since her appearance on the game show. Her name is Hayley Tucker (married, Hayley Farris) and you can read her story here. Part of me wonders why such an amazing person was dealt the hand she was dealt after the show, why God would take her on that particular journey. It doesn’t seem fair. But on the other hand, anyone less amazing wouldn’t be able to handle it as well as she has. She’s beyond remarkable.


In a world where volcanoes erupt without notice, men have surgery to make their face into a woman’s, let’s all strive to be like Hayley. Rolling with the changes with a heart grateful to God for each day. I can’t think of a better way to end 2022 and start 2023. Also, I can’t believe this needs to be said… don’t change your face to be a different gender. Just my two cents.

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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