“I am not who I think I am. I am not who you think I am. I am who I think you think I am.”
I am a Photographer. An Artist. A Student. A Daughter. A Sister. A Friend. A Female. A Canadian. An Early Riser. A Shower Singer. A Mind Wonderer. A Vegetarian, An aspiring Vegan, inevitably losing to cheese, A South Paw and, I am Nineteen. But these are just some of my many labels, and none of them can really truely define me. I am also now a Blogger, so cheers to the first and many more too come.
I may not be defined by my age, but it is a part of who I am at this moment in time, and it is what has inspired me to create this image.
Photography is my way of connecting with the society that I live in. I envision, I see, and I create based off of my interpretations of the inner realities that exist in all of us. And lately, what I see, are 20 something’s that really don’t have the slightest clue of who they are and who they really want to be. And how can they? How can you know what you want if you’ve never had a taste? Never experienced?
We are part of the society of dreamers and pursuers, where we have the opportunity to be something more than a provider for others, but also ourselves. Which if you ask me, is pretty damn awesome. But instead I find myself surrounded by people that are being manipulated into something they are not because our society, has put us on a pedestal, and the stereotypes surrounding us are in full effect. There is this imaginary timeline set on us that we have to have done a certain amount of things in a certain amount of time, we must be a certain way. This ideology around getting a piece of paper, making a huge salary, owning your own house, car and whatever else comes with adulthood (not looking forward to that part), getting married, being happy, and well on the right track to having a family all before the elderly age of, wait for it, 30.
I’m not saying that those things aren’t important or that those are not things to strive for or have obtained, but its okay not too. Its okay if you’re 22 and you have just come to the realization that what you’re taking in school is not for you and it’s time for a change. It’s okay if you're turning 30 and you’re not down with the whole kids thing still, or ever. It’s okay if life isn’t ‘perfect’ cause really does such a thing exist?
We need to stop letting the stereotypes define us that are causing fear and anxiety around being ourselves, and to stop thinking so much and start doing. Life is passing you by. You may not know where you’re going but its better to be going somewhere than no where at all, and you may as well put that effort into not finding yourself, but creating yourself. You, are whoever you want to be and you have your whole life to explore create and discover your identity. Be Kind, be Bold, and be Awesome, the moment is yours, and the only person that can limit you or define you, is you.