Puttin' on the Ritz.
Christmas at the Ritz Carlton on the beach. Who knew?
There was a cold front... And a storm that took the power out... So we had to drink extra whiskey to stay warm... #flchristmastree#tropicalchristmas#lovefl
When I shared my first photos on social media, about five people followed me and I’d get one or two likes. Things are a bit different now. I always pray that many people will follow me. I think that what I photograph is way more important than who I am. I would rather have people remember that the world is beautiful and that they’re beautiful. I am like this distant star who twinkles but never is bright enough to blind you. I don’t even know why I ever took a photo and shared it or why I ever wrote a novel. I know that while in church, I was writing a note in my Bible and I saw this image in my mind of me and I was either a Cardinal or a Pope. I have no idea if it was supposed to be some message or direction but I know that deep inside, I’ve been so different since then. Everything seems so relative and I see things and people like they’re carrying a purpose through life. There’s an omnipotent manner to the way the universe works and even the tide pools along a dark, stormy beach come ashore with a message. In the end, what I do isn’t about me at all. I’m more of a painting that’s been carried through a museum to its final resting place. That is my life and I can see where it’s headed. The experience of what we call life with its fleeting moments is more revealing than what we think about life itself.
“Going nowhere, as Leonard Cohen would later emphasize for me, isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.” Pico Iyer
This morning in Marineland 🌅 it was freezing and I doubled up on jackets but somehow thought flip flops were a good decision 🤔 this cold weather will never defeat my love of them, or making questionable choices #standforwhatyoubelievein 😂 #neverbackdown