Is Like No Other.
Out of all the projects and developments we've got happening over in Indo at 4th World Love, one that shakes my soul all the time is the gift of teaching. Learning a new trade, skill, habit, idea - all these things are so often discarded in my own life - it's like - who has time to learn?! I'm trying to keep up with the dang day to day...but that is something that I have to really work on or things just get super stale.
My good friend over in Lombok, Hasan, is the mega learner. He sent me these pictures recently because he wanted to see if his composition was any good (we play with photos a lot). I have given him and the CDC several cameras and any time I'm there, he is my go to guy for hauling all my gear, taking camera notes, helping with shot lists, making sure all the batteries are charged and taking point on all off site photo shoots. Over time, he has become a super duper photographer and peeps now ask him to shoot their weddings, to document their lives. What a wonderful treasure to have done (teach him some photography skills) and to continue to see flourish. He is so very proud of having taken a passion and really trying to work on it every day. I'm so proud of him, too.
I did the same thing with my super good pal, Lalo, down at Casa de Mita. He is already a wonderful photographer, but every time I go, I spend a little time with him - just sippin' a marg and discussing all things photography - taking pix, assessing them, exhanging lenses. I don't know that much about picture taking besides what I taught myself, but what I do know is that whipping out the camera and documenting the tiny things that I come across makes me happy - and clearly it does other folks too.
That very thing is one of the reasons we started 4WL. To be a conduit to hope and inspiration for those less fortunate. We try to accomplish that every day - even in the TV shows we make; and on this wanderlust blog,as well. Will this TV show or toothie post entertain, make a difference, change someones life/day, be remembered, make someone wanna have a good meal or some fine drink? If not, man...why bother?
That is the thing I wanna keep striving for every day, every photo, every moment, hell - every decision in the day. Because if I don't do it for me, who will? Ain't nobody snappin' my pic - I gotta get out there and document it for me. And, if I stick to what the me in this wacky ass world loves, well - I will always be proud and happy to share a tidbit of goodness. Picture that:)