This post, which I’m really hoping will be as exciting and interesting as I initially imagined, was inspired by my mother, Veronica. She’s had the idea running for a while now and has said on and off for a few years how she’d like to write a book/blog based on the weird and wonderful people wandering through life on their own wavelength. I think it’d be an amazing idea, where she could take a snapshot of someone who looks particularly interesting, be it a grown man in a pink and yellow tutu in the middle of a casino, or a woman on a stroll pushing a pram full of cats, and ask them “What’s your story?” and have their image featured in the blog/book with the caption being, quite obviously, their short story.
I love this idea because I find observing people and my surroundings fascinating. I mean, I’d prefer sitting in a coffee shop and watching all the intriguing specimens of human life walk by to going out to a club or a movie. Seems normal, right? (sarcasm intended)
But it’s not all about going out with the intention to find a quirky individual purely for the sake of snapping a picture and writing a blog, it’s about taking an interest in something other than yourself and your schedule, busy as it may be. It’s about looking past superficial surroundings and having an intention to neglect and forget negative judgement. It’s realising that other people exist in this world besides yourself, and each one of them, like you, has a story.
The concept is also great in working as a distraction, and believe me, I’m all about distractions. It’s safe to assume that everyone hates being caught in traffic, yes? well, a little escape is as simple as lifting your head up and looking around. You’re not the only one stuck in the seemingly never-ending cue of cars and pollution, and yes it is most probably because of that careless individual who sped past you at 170 km/h a few minutes back and has just been caught by the police, but bitching and moaning and cursing the universe won’t make them un-speed. But, looking around at the other drivers on the road might be just what you need to help you get through it. Perhaps that 30-trying-to-look-20 year old woman who is clearly still caught up in the “Brittany Spears phase” will make you chuckle with her senseless and uncoordinated thrashing of her arms and whipping of her head to “Hit Me Baby One More Time”. Or, it could be the father of four doing the afternoon school run with a barbie hair clip feebly dangling on a few strands of hair into his face, which is a regular occurrence for him, whilst the youngest child excitedly smears the ice cream she insisted on getting, all over the window and into her hair. Perhaps you are that noble father of four, and what’s getting you through the tedious drive is the body builder in front of you singing along to Taylor Swift, his guilty pleasure. Even if the situation you witness isn’t entertaining, like someone looking a little run down after a long crappy day, it’s easy to realise that sitting in traffic may not be the worst situation to be in right now.
So every once in a while when things are closing in on you and that damn taxi driver cut you off one too many times today, change your perspective and look at the other living, breathing human beings around you. It’s not all glamorous though, I am not trying to advertise an ideal happy-clappy world of wonder here, but that’s not to say it can’t still be wonderful sometimes. For those of you who don’t do it often, or who couldn’t be bothered, or who haven’t actually read any of this… let’s hope the pending idea of “What’s Your Story?” takes off.
Something which I’ve contemplated over the past few days is whether or not I’m going to be a “daily blogger” or one of the quiet types who appears every couple of days with a few “wise words” or an insightful passage. My conclusion? When I find free time in between juggling my studies (You see, I’m in my final year of high school with only a few weeks left until I taste freedom) and catching up on TV series (I have to admit, I’m in the middle of about 6 different series at the moment and I seem to keep adding to the list) that is when I will cozy up with my bedside lamp on for that “professional writer” feeling and say what I have to say to those of you who are interested. As for now, however, I will use this precious time of mine doing what I do best. Procrastinating. But let’s not call it that, how about we say that I’m using this time to post something daily in order to get a momentum going and find an audience for my freshly hatched little blog. Sound good perhaps?
I like to think that I have a good eye when it comes to photography, so I will share a few of my pictures with you and feel free to let me know what you think. (Don’t be shy, and go ahead and tell me if I’m pathetic – I promise I won’t be offended)
Recently I went on a school trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands… let me just say that I have honestly never experienced anything like that before and I probably never will for as long as I live! The scenery was just amazing and the diverse cultures are something to behold. I even considered eating a giant meal worm. (NOTE: I said Considered, there’s no way I was going to put a live, squirming creepy-crawly into my mouth) We also ventured down the Amazon river and stayed in the most beautiful hotel that looked onto the river and we traveled in a motorized canoe along the river each day, dodging the various insects carrying somewhat deadly diseases *cough cough (malaria) cough cough*
Alright I may have exaggerated the extent of the disease carrying population of insects. To be honest? we barely even noticed them. Sand fleas however… now that is a different story. Not a day went by where I didn’t get covered in unattractive red spots all down my legs.Despite that, it was a fascinating place and I enjoyed being there far more than I was expecting to.
The Galapagos Islands… I actually don’t have one word to describe it. It’s not really a place that can be described using words (although they are exceptionally powerful) nor can any photograph do it’s vibrant scenery and exotic wildlife any justice. As much as one may try and explain it, I feel that it’s something that has to be experienced and interpreted personally in order to be understood. (I am in no way saying that the pictures aren’t breathtaking to look at, because they are)
Enjoy the pictures! And yes, they were all taken by me.
Our Hotel in the Amazon
A view of our boat on the Galapagos Island
Up close and personal with a sleepy sea lion
Skeptical looking giant tortoise
Simple, but this is a shot of some dew drops on a spider web
The Madonna Statue in Quito
The view of the sunset from our hotel room in the Amazon
Just another simple shot with dew drops
Lichen catching the sunlight at the right angle – seen on a tree in the Mindo cloud forest in Quito