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Everything You Need Is Within You by Nicole a Alley

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Everything You Need Is Within You by 

Chosen as a featured image on the RedBubble homepage on 21 March 2011

I spotted this graffiti scrawled on the wall of the No.22 bus in Vancouver, Canada in 2007 and was struck by its profound wisdom.

Everything you need is within you.

Six simple words that suggest a radically different way to live.

Imagine going within to find answers/happiness/self-worth instead of constantly looking for it outside of ourselves.

Imagine an existence where we live connected to our truth, to our sense of self and to our beauty and gifts.

Imagine being in the world knowing that we are more than enough, that we don’t need to keep searching for ways to be better.

Imagine who we’d be if we followed the truth of those six simple words. Imagine the kind of world we would create.

Everything you need is within you. You just have to be still and listen.

I am a photographer, a writer, a seeker of whimsy, wisdom and beauty in the everyday. I aim to live from my heart, not my head, and look beyond the surface of life.

From the otherworldly landscape of a flower seen through my macro lens, to the beauty of a tree stump, to a surprisingly profound piece of graffiti scrawled on the wall of a bus, I point my lens at whatever captures my heart.

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  • Steve Leadbeater
    Steve Leadbeaterover 5 years ago

    Great image and story (so true)

  • Nicole a Alley
    Nicole a Alleyover 5 years ago

    Thanks Steve. This is one of my favourite images and I’m so glad I was carrying my camera that day.

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKyliealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your home page feature.
    March 21st 2011.

  • Thanks so much – it’s very exciting!

    – Nicole a Alley

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffalmost 4 years ago

    Great image and words, big congrats on the RedBubble Home Page feature!! ;o)))

  • Thanks Tatum! It was such a thrill to see it featured.

    – Nicole a Alley

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago

    cool congrats on hp!

  • Thanks for the congrats vampvamp!

    – Nicole a Alley

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks eoconnor for your comment. I of course have a print at home and read these words every day. Great truth indeed!

    – Nicole a Alley

  • Nicole a Alley
    Nicole a Alleyalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment, everyone. I’m happy and humbled by the homepage feature. Such an incredible community of people and talent on this site.

  • Fledermaus
    Fledermausalmost 4 years ago

    thank you very much for finding this and reminding us !

  • Thanks for your comment. It is good to be reminded of this, isn’t it?

    – Nicole a Alley

  • Jen Waltmon
    Jen Waltmonalmost 4 years ago

    Well captured, and great accompanying text :)

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