“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
~ Hans Christian Andersen
While on my walk today, I came upon a dandelion and considered the resilience of such a misunderstood flower. How it stretches toward the sun despite the concrete jungle that surrounds it, or the futile attempts of mankind to render it lifeless. A perfect yard in todays society often does not allow for such a transformative flower. Its brilliant yellow bloom and deep abiding roots is not welcome in a sea of perfectly coifed green grass. No difference is allowed, so much like society at large. Often we try to snuff out what is not familiar, or similar, before we even consider the beauty of individuality. Such strength of individuality does not easily succumb, much like the dandelion it transforms and and continues to flourish despite the threats to conform or perish.
We need to be more accepting, and we need to lift each other up to become more resilient. Let us spread empathy like the dandelion seeds that scatter in the breeze.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a domestic violence survivor, I dedicate my life towards empowering women and resisting an apathetic society that condones violence in any form.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.