What you do now and what you decide at this age may well determine which way your life shall go. And the question is, whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
Some of the things it should be on your life’s blueprint:
- A deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody, always feel that you count, always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
- You must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence, in your various field of endeavour. You going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your life’s work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it and to do it well. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree, if you can’t be a highway just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star, for it isn’t by size that you win or fail, but be the best of whatever you are.
- A commitment to the eternal principals of beauty, love, and justice. Well life for none of us has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. Keep moving.
“Be like water making its ways through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around it or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”
“Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water by friend.”
“Here is that natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. If you have one to the extreme you will be very unscientific, if you have another to the extreme you become all of a sudden a mechanical man.”
“I do not believe in style anymore. I do not believe in such thing as like Chinese way of fighting or Japanese way of fighting or whatever. If you do not have style, you just say here I am, as a human being, how can I express myself, totally and completely.”
“As a human being, all these I have learned from martial art to me, ultimately martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. It is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, but to express oneself honestly not lying to oneself, that my friend is very hard to do.”
“Perhaps the first step to finding people like yourself is to show up as yourself.”
“Only as we are in communion within ourselves can we be in community with others.”
“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow and act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
“To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.”
“To get closer is not just about being physically near, it is also about mental and emotional proximity. It is to feel profoundly what you are seeing, what your heart feels together with others, fully absorbed in that which you have decided to live and transmit, recounting the truth without fears.” – Cristina Garcia Rodero
“I am just trying to be myself and to be honest. What is important to me is that I feel the communication is going both ways. I don’t enjoy being a voyeur, but I also know that I can not completely avoid this as a photographer. I don’t enjoy photographing people from the other side of the street, I try to walk there beside them. For me this is the interesting thing – that I am visible and take part in the scene, but it doesn’t mean that I have to put on an act, I just have to be myself. This is a relief, and also the reason why I feel so strongly connected with my work. The pictures are me. They show how I felt that day.
It doesn’t mean that my images are not about the people I photograph. I believe that the more you give of yourself, the more you show your presence and the more you share – the more these images will show the subjects personality as well.
Instead of pointing at what is different from me, what is distant and foreign, I try to focus on the things we have in common, and try to strip everything else away. The anxiety, the hope, the trust. I always look for that connection.”