When I attended high school, I wrote for the school paper. One time I wrote an article about the violence that occurred during a Motley Crue concert. After the paper came out, my brother came up to me in a huff and told me I had written a terrible article because I didn’t have a point of view. I just stated the facts in the most neutral way. Honestly, he was probably right.
For quite awhile now, I’ve been drifting along seemingly without any purpose. So many years not having anything I felt passionate enough about to speak up about it because I didn’t want to displease the people around me or even faceless imaginary people I created in my head. Then I realized that that wasn’t exactly true.
For most of my adult life, I created and that was where I channeled my passion and opinions. I just never finished anything I started. So for starters, I decided I needed to write down what my vision and convictions are. And for fun, I’m going to intersperse my dialogue with some Oreo pictures I took this week.
1) I try to take the most beautiful pictures I can because all I see around me is pain and suffering both in real life and in the make believe. I believe one day we can live in a universe without pain and suffering but it starts by seeing the beautiful and good in life.
2) I’m not perfect. I’ve done some terrible things in the past but that’s in the past and I’m trying to be the best person I can be now. I don’t go to church but I’m very religious. I don’t try to force my beliefs on others and I tell people quite rudely that they need to go away when they try to push their beliefs on me. I had my doubts about the existence of God in the past until I realized that God is love. Sometimes that comes out in my creativity but more importantly, love is the most integral part of what and why I create.
3) I believe in magic. I believe in wonder. I believe the world is full of magic and wonder. I create characters and worlds full of magic and wonder and now it’s time to breath life into them. It’s time to take them out of my head and into reality. It will be very difficult and a long process but it wouldn’t be worth doing if it was easy.
4) I believe in sharing. I want to share what I know about Korean food and other food discoveries. I want to share what I know about environmental law from my LLM studies and my work both with nonprofits and industry as it relates to everyday life. Anything I think is of value that could help people, I want to share.
5) I believe in the simple life. For the past five years, I’ve been working hard trying to make my life less complicated and sometimes the simplest thing to do is to take a hammer to it.
Have a great week everyone!