I think life itself guides us along a certain road. You see, my major in college was Microbiology and I had always had a keen interest in India and Africa. My junior year I took a few classes, Virology and Emerging Infectious Disease, that inspired me so much I decided to put my knowledge to the test. I was so inspired that I decided to the summer before my senior year to travel to India and Africa via Tanzania doing volunteer work using my degree to see if this is what I want to do. I used everything I had to make it happen because I felt so inspired to do it. Well the story would of ended here but it didn’t! It was my first time out of the country and everyone tried to tell me not to go, but I was adamant about at least once in my life experiencing other cultures first hand.
My first day in both places were challenging and overwhelming, but eventually I found my place. Seeing how different the places were was a shock. I was fortunate enough to spend a month in Delhi, India and Arusha, Tanzania with great programs trying to educate adults about HIV / AIDS spread and children on ways to prevent disease through sanitation. After a week, I realized these people are just like us that there is a yearning for knowledge they just never had the opportunity like myself. I took it upon myself to teach them things they could use in their everyday lives to improve their surroundings and health, while they spread the knowledge to their friends and neighbors. Organic growth started to happen and soon I have communities wanting to share with me improvements. This made me even more hopeful that what I was doing with my life was the right path for me. In Arusha, I visited villages, schools, and rural areas spreading what I knew about HIV and AIDS to the people. I still remember the thrill I felt when those children and adults came to me for advice and direction on this topic and wanted the help that I was providing. Even though we live in very different circumstance, as a people we are all the same and want the same thing. We want to be happy, live healthy, and experience what other people experience at least once in our lives. I believe I learned more about myself in those two months than ever before. Without knowing it, the people and places I went still inspire me to live everyday with a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and challenges me to be a better person.
After I came back, I was ready to go to school and finish my degree so I could continue my work. I soon fell off cloud nine and fell back to earth. I went back to school with a renewed sense of self and would over the year be crushed by some of my professor. I realized in this world we do not value passion we value logic and reasoning. Without passion though nothing is possible but tell that to my professor and unfortunately, corporate America. There is an innate difference between passion and greed. Too many corporation do not value this they use logic more than gut or whatever their definition of logic is. It is my belief that the only way anyone can truly learn about their world is to be humbled. I think we learn the most when circumstances don’t go in our favor so for that I am truly grateful for the people and places I have been and worked. I realized over the years that I am not meant to be a part of the traditional work place. I don’t like the politics and BS for the lack of a better word. Don’t get me wrong there are always exceptions to the rule. I myself have never worked at one of those. Let’s face the facts these days corporations are more worried about their bottom line than their employees, but feel free if you work at a place where this is not happening to comment on this article.
Now for you negative nellies, who would accuse me of whining I have one thing to say “, you’re right.” Shocked, I know right? This is the way I use to be before I understood the world. I do not accept the way the world operates these days but I do not let it dictate the way my world operates. You cannot change the way the world works, but by changing the attitudes of the people that live in that world you can truly cause a movement. I have no altered perception of the world. I know the world can be a cruel and nasty place…I know because I have seen it in my past and am trying to limit it in my future. We are only human and to those negative nellies out their this is what I say. In order to find what needs to be changed we have to be passionate about what we talk about. I am passionate about my world and the issues we face as a race ( I refer to humankind) especially the possibility of our own extinction because we do not whine enough. Our voices are louder than any politician or corporation, but one voice cannot do the same as millions if not billions. Leaving you with a great quote from Rocky Balboa:
” Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! ”
We are All Artists: Operation Sculpt My World
I am inspired everyday by pretty much everything I see and don’t let other people effect me in my attitudes or practices. I believe everyone deserves the chance without judgement just like you deserve the same. There is a beauty in the world that will never be transcended or surpassed that reminds me everyday to be a better human, be kinder, be happy and most of all be grateful no matter the circumstance. Whether good or bad, my life has been blessed by a great family, great experiences, and moments of laughter and love. I continue to let life shower me with great moments of clarity and listen for when life reminds me to be humble and reflect. You just have to be open to the possibilities. I encourage everyone to try to find these moments because they are abundant, you just have to be willing to listen.
This leads me to my final thoughts. We are all artists of the world. We all contribute even if minute to the over all climate of the world. By climate, I mean the attitudes and policies that govern our daily lives. I encourage you to change a few minds even your own about at least one thing. It is in these small changes we all will find peace and happiness. Let’s do this before the human race becomes endangered by its own mistakes because there is a time when we can no longer take it back.
My mission is clear. I have decided to turn these moments of clarity into everyday permanent reminders to remind me to stay humble and reflect on life’s little moments. Please visit Operation Sculpt My World to see what’s new with my 3D postcard paintings and where you can find them.