December 2011

Getting Ready for 2012

2012 is already here for most of the world, and in a few hours it will be here for my family and me as well. Are you ready for the big year that many claim will be our last on the planet?

While I am not drinking the Apocalyptic kool-aid just yet, I will acknowledge that any day could be our last on the planet—as an individual or as an entire species. So it’s always important to live this day as if it were your last, to the best of your ability. What will that mean for you in 2012? For me, it means living a more meaningful life, trying to worry less and play more, and generally stay on top of things so I can maximize the use of my time. Yes, we’ll see how that works!

Public Art Project in New York

Imagine you’re strolling through Central Park.

You look up to see a cloudless sky. The sun is shining. It’s a beautiful day in New York.

Yet you feel lonely. The city has a sort of intimidating presence. There are all of these nameless, faceless people milling about everywhere. They all lead busy lives. They all have a story to tell.

As you continue down the path you manage to almost trip over something. You bend down to find yourself reaching for a disposable camera lying in the middle of ground, dangling from a bench by a string.

You snap a picture of your face in the bright sun. You shield your eyes with your hand on your forehead and give the camera a big grin. This is exactly what you’re supposed to do. Cameras were invented, if only to capture a brief moment of the story behind those (no longer) faceless, nameless people.