Photo of the Week: Greener on the other side
This week, the weather in Austin seems to be cooling off slightly. It is still over 90 degrees but at least the 100 degrees days are gone. That means I can go out and shoot more photos without being scorched by the blazing hot sun!
When I was exploring with Javi in East Austin last week, I captured an image of an orchid plant by the window. The room was dark inside, I could only see the sunbathing house plant. This image reminded me the saying, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." We often have limited view of people's life, the nice part we see may not be the whole picture.
Awhile back I read a story about how a couple quit their day job to travel around the world. Many people including myself were admiring their courage in chasing their dreams. It just sounded like they were living a life that many of us dream of. Then lately I saw the follow up story about what they had to do keep things going, and to continue their journey. You can find out the details on Buzzfeed or their website, How Far From Home. They pretty much had to do a lot of physical work, and some nasty jobs to fund their trip. It was never just relaxing and having fun.
I have made quite a few trips myself in last few years. Sometimes people wondered and asked how I did all that. I admit I am lucky to have the financial ability to make all those trips, but it doesn't mean I live a problem free life. There were moments I fee isolated and helpless in life. When I struggled, I felt weak, and sometimes I felt hopeless. There are many painful personal stories that I can only keep it to myself. The reason why I am still here to share my pictures and to tell my stories is because I never gave up. When I was stuck in darkness, the imagery of warm sunlight helped me gain my strength.
Therefore, whenever you hear someone's glorious success, don't just envy the joy and greatness. I assure you that those successful people have definitely shed tons of tears and sweat to make it there! If they happened to be just lucky, I am glad to know there are possibility in life to be lucky in finding success and happiness. Maybe the grass is really greener on the other side of the fence, and why not?