New Years Resolution No. 2: Cultivate strong relationships with women.
I met Trish by chance during my first week of work at Fresh Cafe. She sat at a picnic table with her dog for hours while I tried to sell a mountain of my boss’s belongings that had sat in storage for ages. In between assisting visitors as they perused through the assortment of items for sale, we engaged in light conversation. Soon, we were discussing more personal matters and discovered that we both share an interest in photography and in “living purposefully.” Before we parted ways, we exchanged contact information and agreed to embark on a photo excursion through town sometime in the near future.
I live for encounters like the one with Trish because they just make me feel less alone in the world. Anaïs Nin once said:” Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” My initial reaction is to sardonically dismiss this as the sort of cheese fit for “Thinking of You” cards in the greeting card aisle at the drugstore. But then it sinks in. I just can’t be nonchalant about how magnificently alive I feel when I am cultivating a friendship. And yet, as much as I enjoying sharing my life + witnessing other people’s experiences I still catch myself walling off and withdrawing when the going gets rough.
These photographs sat on my computer for weeks without being looked at. This day was so full of joy and adventure, and God was SO present. I am publishing them now because I want to believe that having an open heart, being vulnerable, and letting other people love me is scary as shit but absolutely worth it.