So you got where you were going. Now what? It’s about the journey not the destination. If you only worry about where you will end, you will lose out on all the journey has to offer. And, then, when you reach that destination that you fought so hard to get to, you will feel regret overall all you missed. The destination isn’t what brings joy and fulfillment, it is the journey that does.
No Fear, No Boundaries seeks to explore the joy, fearlessness, and bravado of believing any dream can be achieved. Yet, as we watch our children head daringly towards their future, we, as parents, want to protect them from the realities they will inevitably encounter.
See No Evil is my, albeit limited, attempt to explore and capture the emotions and the turmoil I have experienced since Charlottesville. My hope is that this image will stand as a reminder to my children that evil only wins when we choose to turn away.
With each image in this series, I attempt to put into words a bit about my views on what I hope my children will take with them from each image. Below are my thoughts on See No Evil.
Through the recent events in our country, I have been moved to consider what happens when good people choose to close their eyes to hatred, bigotry, and racism. To think about how ignoring evil can lead us to repeat the sins of our past. There is an inherent danger in choosing only to see beauty…to choose to overlook the darkness. We cannot…we must not allow ourselves to cover our eyes. We must look at evil. Inspect it. Study it. Recognize it. Name it. And, then ultimately take its power away.
This image,See No Evil, is my personal totem in this fight. My reminder that for good and beauty to triumph we must open our eyes, let our past serve as enduring lessons and move bravely forward with acceptance, respect, and celebration of both our similarities and our differences.
Powerful winds will move through your life, often at unexpected times. How you choose to respond becomes a testament to your character. In those moments, allow yourself the flexibility to bend with the wind. You never know what you might see from that perspective. But, once you have looked around, harness your roots, your core, and your center and stand tall again because the wind, no matter how strong, should never be allowed to break you.
When Fear Wins tackles the idea of allowing comfort to become a prison. When fear wins, you become a prisoner of not only your surroundings but also of yourself. You lock away your ability to explore the world and allow those experiences to build who you will become. True freedom comes from journeying down new paths and bravely exploring the unknown. While it may appear easier to climb back into the safety of what is familiar, in the end, that safety will entrap you.
There comes a point when it is time for the next generation to assume the responsibilities of this world. A point where leadership, innovation, and decision-making falls to this new generation now set to shape our collective future. In Her Hands questions what will our children do when it is their time.
The ability to think for one’s self, to sort through an onslaught of opinions and formulate your own ideas, is often a hard fought battle. A battle waged against both internal and external forces. Knowing and owning your own mind isn’t always easy but is always worth the fight. Mind Fight attempts to offer a visual representation of that struggle.
The image, The Inevitability of Change, is about accepting that change is an inevitable part of life. Becoming too comfortable within any place can be a perilous place to live. Learning to embrace, and accept, the rolling winds of change can open whole new doors and provide otherwise unimagined journeys.