Giving Back

Although I don’t find a shortage of things to complain about, I must admit I live a very privileged life. I’m blessed with good health and the ability to basically do anything I want. I live in America where I can say anything without the fear of punishment. On a smaller scale, I have degrees and skills that help me earn money which in turn allows me even more freedoms. I aspire to much more than what I am, but as I sit and describe how well I have it I’m forced to peer over the fence.

There is a dichotomy of forces that tear upon the fiber of my morals. On one hand I am already successful in such a magnitude of ways that I should be ultimately happy. On the other hand, I’m surrounded by examples of those who have not had the same opportunity as me which brings me strife. If I am going to spout off about equality and kindness, how can I act like there’s nothing bitter about my success? I feel as though my status in this world has in one way or another been built upon the broken backs of others. My work ethic is unquestionable, but it’d be pure ignorance to say that my work ethic alone has given me the achievements that I now enjoy.

I’m not trying to wax poetic about the intricacies that define the haves and have nots. What this post is meant to do is clarify my idea of myself and what I can do to better the world around me. Along with such fantastic opportunities comes extraordinary social responsibility. There is a large portion of our world that needs the same helping hand that was offered to me with such regularity. It is my duty to extend my hand in hopes of allowing another without an innately successful predisposition to rise above what they had previously thought possible.

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.
Sai Baba

With that said, I’m beginning a new photography project and I need your help. My purpose is to entice a shared perspective that brings about a positive change in the world. I intend to do that one photoshoot at a time. I’m looking for people who have been disadvantaged in their life, and anyone who is seeing hardship in an all too familiar way. I’m offering my photography as a gift to those of us who are unable to afford it, because everyone has something dear to them that deserves to be appreciated and preserved. If this resonates with you, fill out the form below and tell me about yourself. If this makes you think of someone or something in particular, please reach out to me and let me know what I can do to make a difference.