1 month ago
For the youth that reach out to me. This was me in high school (freshman-senior year photos). I didn’t travel back then, just dreamt of it. Looking around my classrooms, I felt like I didn’t fit in. Maybe born in the wrong decade, or place, or something.
So, I spent most of my time alone, decorating my room (2nd photo), and making/riding skateboards (photos 3 & 4). Now in my 30s, I look back on this awkward time of my life with so much pride. The time I spent as a teenager lost in creative outlets has now paid off 10 fold. It gave me my eye for photography.
The most annoying phrase I hear (especially from teenagers) is “I’m bored”. When I got bored as a 13 year old I found a big stack of my mom’s “Better Home and Gardens” magazines and started stapling them to my walls. Didn’t really like the magazine, it was all about color. I kept going till the walls, ceiling, doors, windows were all covered. Whenever I felt bored, I’d go into that room, and find something else to staple up on the wall. I think by the end it was about 5 layers thick.
Around 15y/o I stepped out of my room to the driveway and started making skateboards. There was a house under construction up the street that I’d get scrap wood from. My school notebooks were full of sketched board designs, and I spent all free time cutting, sanding, painting, and ultimately riding my creations.
If at any time, I’d been given the opportunity to travel abroad I would’ve been the most stoked kid... But my travel opps came after high school and college. It was that much sweeter when I finally saved up, and was able to see the world beyond my bubble. A lot of people glorify making goals, and working for the future... I think the earlier you realize that happiness is only found in the present moment, the more successful you’ll be in life.