Thinking about it, with all the protests in south of the border and some of the protesters being paid, it makes me wonder what’s really going on. All I’m seeing, as an outsider, is that this can easily become a distraction from what else is going on. How are we using these times to really do something of value to those around us (not that certain protests don’t have a valuable point) and why are we only focusing on the immediate future? How we really care for those around us is what really matters and, often, just spending time with them speaks more than words ever could.
What’s really going on with us in that we focus more on the bad news, fueling the large mainstream news media that loves to make us complain about things just for the sake of decent ratings. We let this soak in to how we work (moaning & groaning), what we listen to (stuff that either has no meaning or focuses on the depressing), and how we live (more things serving as a distraction); I’m just as guilty of this as the next person. The thing is, and I’ve probably said this many times before, we should be striving for something better, but not just for ourselves, but others as well. In photography that would mean striving for meaning & impact in what we capture in our shots and in life that would basically be striving for the same things in different ways…They have the same goals but in different ends & results.
Coming from a city whose mayor doesn’t give two cents about clearing sidewalks during a snowstorm, only the bike lanes, I’ve begun to think that something’s going on that shouldn’t…We groan & complain about the way things are and then go about not thinking why we’re doing them. Being as guilty of this as the next person, I’m realizing I’ve got to do things with a little more meaning & effort behind them. It’s as simple as spending time with a friend you haven’t seen in a while and taking time out to see how they’re doing, trying to give at least a bit of authentic support…Tell them that you’re thinking of them & want to at least be there, giving a shoulder to cry on or an open ear to let them sound off their fears & problems.