“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Life, in all its frills and follies, never ceases to amaze me with its rampant twists and turns. It’s like an ongoing voyage in the deep seas, eagerly set sail on reverberating waves through the highest peaks and the lowest throughs. Come to think about it, the rite of passage for me in the last two years seemed like a journey on a raft boat, kept afloat by buoyant materials rather light and flimsy, and propelled not by a riveting engine but the likes of the capricious wind. From an eager grad student maneuvering out of the scholastic playground to the corporate jungle, there’s been ever-changing moments where sitting became crawling, studying became learning, thinking became accomplishing, and defeating became endeavoring.
Like all fluid movements in this urban jungle we live in, nothing is set still; we are constantly morphing into something bigger and better. Whether it’d be climbing the corporate ladder to more elevated roles, or discovering your inner talents and venturing towards making your vivid dreams a reality, life is about dreaming…exploring…and achieving. It’s never too late to bask in your skills. Whether it’d be learning eye-catching lights and angles as a shutterbug, or developing a business plan into a palpable course of action, success is like a little mustard seed that requires teeming steps in cultivating its growth and proliferation. Yet while traveling on that unraveling journey, oftentimes we may get caught up in a beleaguered whirlwind that make our pace rigorous and vain. That’s when we need to hold our horses and take a step back to re-examine our actions. Are we on the same path as we started? Or are we treading through a labyrinth going nowhere? When those moments arise when we feel pressured to go forward yet our steps trample the ground in circles, we need to reflect on why we set sail on this journey the first place.
In my photo shoot today, I wanted to relay the idea of slowing down our rite of passage in the corporate world and reflect on our thoughts and well-being. Like taking a stroll in the lily pond and reflecting on ourselves in the waters, we may take refuge in the calmness and serenity of Mother Nature to rest, to recuperate, to think, to plan, and to ponder. With the right set of wood, sealed barrels, and pontoons, this raft would regain strength and inflation as it takes on fresh air to build up its bulk and density. Ultimately having taken a moment to stop and recuperate in this momentary hiatus, the boat will make headway into more clear and fluid waters, and the journey would ultimately travel on to new grounds. Bon voyage my sailor friends 🙂
Top: Ann Taylor// Pants: J Crew// Shoes: Cole Haan// Jacket: H&M// Bag: Louis Vuitton// Sunglasses: Prada
Credits: Jason J Photography http://jasonjphotography.zenfolio.com