One thing that had really begun to bug me as of late is the price of real estate on the West Coast where I live, the ignorance of the mayor & council in taking care of issues, and a resident saying through a published news article that living in this city isn’t a right. When I first read that article, I have to admit I was mad as could be, knowing that the author and/or the people that agree with him/her most likely aren’t born in this city, made their money through lots of investing, donated a bit to a corrupt city hall, and don’t really care. I hate to say this, but I was born here, went to school here, work here, drive here, go to church here, worship in my home church here, and put up with the crap from politicians here, so go fish! But yet, I’d count it all as loss because it’s not a right to live anywhere, only a privilege that we’ve been afforded; it’s not a right to live here, nor is it a right to put up with the crap from city hall.
The same goes for being able to get a shot like the one above because it’s not a right, only a privilege that I happened to listen to the still small voice & capture the shot while out on a hike through the canyon with a family member. If family hadn’t suggested the hike to me, I’d never have been able to get it when I did, or even the way I was able to get it. I listened to the still small voice & my gut when it told me to take another shot at it the day after I first went through it & refined it in Lightroom; otherwise, it wouldn’t have ended up like it did. That still small voice isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. Will it inspire others? Maybe…I just hope it convinces at least some to get out & explore their surroundings, whether it be in the urban forests, natural parks, or botanical gardens.
Thinking back on the idea of rights & privileges, both issues should take a backseat to how we go about our lives. Why? Because it’s not about us and if we go about it like it is about us, we lose sight of one of the key things that we’re supposed to be doing: inspiring others, trying to lift them up, and not putting ourselves front & center.