I very much used to do this, on a regular basis. It's easy to hide behind the lens and capture the world around you, rather than the world that sees you.
This has all changed, for me at least.
Through years of following the "man", I thought to myself "enough is enough".
I need to be proud of what I am capable of.
I need to be proud of what I have done with my life.
I need to be proud of the mark in which I will ultimately leave in the world.
For years I have hidden behind the label of "mental disorder". I figured, if no one knows of my weakness, everyone will love me.
What I got instead was confusion from both them, and from myself. I was leaving out a huge part of who I am, where I have come from and what I have gone through. Regardless of all of this, I still worked for the "man". It wasn't until I left "the establishment" and received a compliment, from a dear friend of mine, that I realised "I CAN DO MORE WITH MY LIFE!"
I CAN DO WHAT I WANT TO DO!
Who says you have to conform to society and work Monday to Friday, in a 9-5 job? Who says you need to pay into a pension scheme in order to plan for your retirement? Who says you have to work to pay the bills and do nothing else? Or rather, Who says you can't enjoy your life and do what you want to do?
I realised, if you set your mind to something, you can achieve anything! Quite literally! If you point your focus on something, it will happen!
In the last year, I have been on many interviews. There seems to be a continuous theme.
If I submit my résumé / CV, attend an interview and tell them about my previous work and jobs... I am unsuccessful in the interview. EVERY TIME. Why?
Because they haven't invited you to the interview to hear about your previous achievements and accolades, necessarily. They would already know that from reading your application and checking out your references. They invited you to an interview to meet the REAL YOU! That includes your successes, as well as your failures. Your achievements and your mistakes. Your ups and your downs. They want to know what you are all about and, ultimately, whether or not they can trust you and your word.
Doesn't this translate into everyday life?
Doesn't this translate into our society, as a whole?
Doesn't this translate into your relationships?
I've learnt, over time, that it's far more rewarding to put yourself out there and show off who you really are. Show yourself, your ideas and your heart.
How about we come out, from behind our cameras, or any other walls we put up in life, and show off who we really are.
Lets say hello to the world, from our own point of view.