In The Moment

I’m taking a hiatus from my RAOKing all over Seattle (read about my personal project in my PERSONAL page) but when I do have moments of random inspiration like a few weeks ago I seek to act on them. One night I had the hardest time falling asleep and after a few short hours of broken sleep, at 4AM I got up, put on clothes, and went for a walk. Taking my chalk along with me, I remembered how much I liked being awake walking around Queen Anne at this hour. Peaceful yet a bit melancholy, the darkness and stillness of our neighborhood quiets my mind and gives me solace.

I felt very appreciative in this moment in the darkness. For being not able to sleep that night,  for being content in my life at this point, for being able to see myself as just a part of the intricate machine that is our world.

Hopefully some of the words I wrote on the sidewalks helped another to keep their thoughts and heart in the moment and not carry the baggage of the past or future with them for that day.

And of course (after no rain for a month) the clouds moved in around the afternoon and rain drops washed these words away as if they never were there. As it should be.

I love you – keep focused on the now – keep humble and appreciative of your days.

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Street Signs

Hoping to get a few double takes with these signs as people pass them by during their morning commute. Nothing like a little surprise positivity in a space usually reserved for signs listing regulations and rules.

Hung up all around my favorite neighborhood – Queen Anne in Seattle!

Have a great day! Remember to keep smiling and be nice to strangers 🙂 and know that I love you so much!

 

Point of View

Most of us are guilty of being on our phone too much (me included). But when do moments cease to be moments remembered when we don’t snap a photo of it for Instagram or Facebook? Are our special memories starting to only be validated by the photos and selfies we share on social media? Are we starting to only take part in activities, go on vacations, or venture on outings to get a popular picture?

These are questions that crop up in my mind every time I post a photo to Instagram.  Is a beautiful view less meaningful when we don’t share it on social media?

I posted this sign at one the the most photographed places in Seattle: Gasworks Park. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to a Gasworks Park Instagram pic – it is a place where we share great views, great friends, and great memories. But when we cease to gather here to enjoy the view and instead come to get a photo with at least 11+ likes, should we start reevaluating our purpose for social media in our lives?

Social media is an amazing tool when used positively. It can help a business grow, reconnect with old friends, and share memories with faraway relatives. But when I need to start validating my existence as a fun/attractive/artistic/successful/filtered/edited person, I cease to be a true version of myself. Instead, I start creating a hyperreal version of my life that blurs the lines between truth and deception.

When we put down our phones and take in the scenery like “the olden days” (5 years ago), the moment is fleeting and temporary. But that is what makes it so special – we are in that moment with our thoughts and hopefully in good company to share something brief and beautiful. We’re engaged and conscious in the present to realize that these times are short but can feel infinite. We’re here to live in the moment, take it in, and then pass along to the next moment. Not through the lens of a camera. Not filtering, editing, posting a better quality scene of the one we’re supposed to be viewing right in front of us.

If I didn't take a picture, would anyone care? No.

If I didn’t take a picture, would anyone care? No.

Let’s make an effort to realize that reality is outside of our phones and just because we do not “Instagram” them,  that doesn’t mean amazing moments didn’t happen –  they just might be too special to share with the rest of the social media world.

Related Reading:
How Social Media are Ruining Your Love Life 
10 Ways The Social Media has Killed the Modern Relationship 
Does Social Media Really Bring Us Closer to the Reality of Conflict? 

 

 

Everyone Is a Genius

The early morning before Seattle wakes up is my favorite time of  the day. This morning I left my house at 4:00 AM and drew this chalk mural under the aurora bridge a couple hundred paces away from the Fremont Troll.

The quote reads, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (it is an anonymous quote, however many people believe Albert Einstein coined it – he didn’t).

I hope we can stop judging people by our social norms and start appreciating individual talent and passion. We are constantly comparing one another to traits that can represent only a fraction of our society . Everyone has something to offer; everyone can be a genius in their own right. Let’s start encouraging that type of thinking instead of marking off boundaries on what is “successful” and what is not.

“Comparison is the thief of joy” Theodore Roosevelt

I love you. Go out and follow your passion!