A great deal of beauty exists on our planet, often it can be found within communities and within the individuals that they’re made up of. Amongst all the talk surrounding a series of recent tragedies and the media spectacle that ensued, one wonderful quote regularly reappeared, “I am always comforted by realising that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” We too often forget that the majority of people we share this planet with are good willed and want many of the same simple things from this journey of being and becoming that we call life as we do. I’m reminded of this when I look back at all of the incredible people I came across in Myanmar, while in some aspects our lives are very different, we undeniably shared simple values and passions. Their positivity and joy was inspiring, and hopefully I can pass that light on to you with this post.
I want this feature to be a photo journal, I want the images to tell their own stories, however big or small. While I don’t want to use these images to write about my own journey in Myanmar, I’m not in the mood for self indulgence, I also don’t feel I can do justice to the stories of each and every individual that I photographed. Some I got the chance to talk to, with others I exchanged just a friendly smile, but with none did I get the chance to discuss the intricacies of their lives.
If sharing these images could have any effect I would hope for it to inspire you to explore the world for yourself, hear peoples stories first hand and live out your own. Travelling has a profound effect on us, every new place we visit leaves an impression and it doesn’t necessarily matter where we go, “the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”
It’s grounding to see people so happy living lives without many of the things we think we so desperately need to maintain our happiness. Don’t assume that Myanmar doesn’t have internet connections or smartphones, however it certainly appears that they don’t have the often debilitating reliance on them that we have in Western culture. People are far more present from moment to moment and don’t constantly rely on distraction for contentedness.
It’s through this exploration process that we can learn to understand the world in new ways, new experiences lead to new ideas, expanding your vision opens your mind to new solutions. While technology presents us with an unimaginable amount of information, screens should not be our primary lens through which we view the world. There’s an undeniable disconnect between that which we see on television, for example, and us in the comfort of our own home, a disaster somewhere on the other side of the world can appear movie-like and unreal.
As the adage goes, in order to discover new oceans one must first lose sight of the shore.
So battle high seas, discover new waters, drown in the depths of adventure but never float in the mere ocean of existence.