Meditation 3- Spring//Time
Millions of people, each with their own unique life stories, swirling together, intersecting each other, each retreating into their own public privacy. The chances to connect with others are infinite, especially in New York City, but the hardest part is taking the first step, reaching out.
This spring break, my final break before the expansive and constrained freedom of graduation, I decided to push myself to reach out. For me, walking around with my camera is one of the best ways to meet people. In fact, the reason I met Ethan three years ago (next week) is because I asked to take the picture of his best friend from childhood, on a bench in Washington Square Park. That one moment changed my life. This time, I went with a destination in mind, but kept my eyes open, in a constant search for beauty and people willing to engage.
When life can seem stressful, overwhelming, at times devastating and all together too much, I push myself to see. The details. The light. The motion. Emotion. Love. The beauty in every moment, which is present, but which depends on our openness to feeling it.
As I embark on this new and yes, terrifying, adventure of graduating and starting ListenIn Pictures, I am choosing connectivity. To commit myself to never forgetting my innerconnecteness with the humans around me. Of taking a path which is rooted in the belief that if we are able to transcend the barriers of hatred, Otherness, difference, and fear, we can discover our most important similarity— the need to love and be loved.
This video is my love letter to New York City and the other 8 million people who call it home.