Having recently returned to the frigid NYC temps, looking at these photos makes me slightly nostalgic for the California sunshine. Actually, it is more the fact that just a couple weeks back I was comfortable wearing such minimal clothing in the height of winter. The very evident downside is the awful drought this part of the country has been suffering from…
I shot these photos right down the street from the home I grew up in, where some beautiful houses used to stand. I left Orange County over ten years ago…and oddly enough at the time it wasn’t a lack of rain but the destructive landslides, that caused many people to lose their homes. Homes they literally watched collapse beneath them due to mud, misplacement, poor construction, and unpredictable weather.
If you are a regular (or even occasional) reader of my blog, you know I am much more predictable than the weather I speak of in that I will inevitably turn this odd metamorphosis into an analogy relating to “real life” and the way that we deal with fluctuations and fucked up shit.
Sometimes I find myself falling down slippery slopes, and crumbling internally as a result of the many unexpected and challenging scenarios I’m thrown into. Other times I find myself completely drained dry…so exhausted, both physically and emotionally, that I’m actually incapable of shedding a tear (and crying is something I happen to be damn good at).
But, in the same way that the community is rebuilding what was broken down here a few years ago, we have to remind ourselves that we, too, can always bounce back. In life, it may take a great deal of reflection, deep conversations with true friends, self-realization, and acknowledging that you are strong enough to see that a positive outcome is possible if you are willing to do what it takes to get there.
So here is to being blindsided, “broken”, embracing the hurt, but ultimately learning that you can work hard and stand back up again with pride…stronger than ever. Just keep on moving on, and don’t forget the powerful resilience that exists within us all.