If, years ago, you told young me, fresh me, that in the future that was coming, I would wander the world, I would meet thousands of beautiful people scattered all around the globe, I would sit on stages in bookstores and theaters, I would photograph true love in dozens of forms, I would have called you a liar. I never predicted a wild life for myself, never saw myself living a peripatetic existence. I saw a life of stillness, in and around the town I grew up in, after a childhood of this wandering. I saw a life not boring, but routine, and I saw myself settling into a groove. This did not occur, this did not come to be. Quite the opposite in fact, as all of the above things did happen, that life did materialize, and I sit here now, already, and marvel. Perhaps it’s this strange period of forced stillness, the cessation of that wild life I was so used to living over the last 10 years, but I am positively melancholy for it. I miss it in ways I cannot describe, but have been attempting anyway.
I thought about this recently, and realized that I owe this wild life to one thing, one phrase that echoed through my brain anytime an opportunity or a risk presented itself: Why Not? Why not me? Why not this? Why not take a lying leap at a wild life? Why should I not see, feel, hear, smell, taste this planet and what it offers? Why not work my ass off not for money, but for experience? Why not?
We often find excuses for not trying, rather than defiant reasons why we should, and for me, asking Why not me, has been the key to the lock I probably put on the door myself. Why not? A wild life awaits.
At photos one day
we'll look back at this wild life,
marvel at it all.
Haiku on Life by Tyler Knott Gregson
Song of the Day
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