3.27.17 "This is your home"
Another day of photographing friends. Went to Pasadena, photographed at a parking structure/alley & walked near a patio store that had storage in a gated area. I wanted to photograph my friends there so I took the risk of possible rejection but came out receiving something that I never thought would happen. An older woman & an African-American man allowed us to go in the back & shoot. After we finished, we were on our way out saying our "thank you's." The man walked up towards us & said, "You know, I sensed something about you guys. You're kind. Lord knows...we need people like you. There's something you carry & it's pure kindness. This brother here, this sister here, you guys need to continue to represent that. You need each other. When people are running for a higher position like a president, who knows what could happen...but you? You're kind. I can see you taking a position like that. We own this parking lot. You can park here for free anytime you want. You can go to restaurants & park here. You can come into this patio store & shoot whenever you want. This is your home."
Sometimes when you take risks, you just never know what you can experience. All I can say is this was perfect timing for me, & I'd like to extend this word to you. If you're willing to learn something, take risks today. Let it mold you, shape you, & bring you to another level of confidence & creativity. But when you take that risk & run into a situation that hurts, don't let the criticism of others dictate your response to that situation. Don't let people despise who you are or your work. But see it in a different perspective. See it in a different light. How you respond will dictate your outcome emotionally & spiritually. It can either make you stronger or you'll be disappointed again. The first step? Respond in love. If you feel annoyed by that, it's probably a clear sign to train yourself to love well in the most suckiest situation. Love well, know your work, push through, grow.