Remind me what is real!

Remind me what is real!

Sometimes we forget the things that brings a smile to our faces, other times we could,t be bothered to stop, look or help. Sad. Sometimes days of hope, smiles and peace of mind find us and are soon forgotten. Except the day I had a very real and true day, could smell the clear air, feel the sun on my body and tast how good life is at the moment. 3 things inspired this.

I saw a newspaper on an underground platform paging through itself as the train pulled in to collect it’s commuting cargo. I could hear all the good news as the wind kept on paging, word for word and images of happy families and smiling friends holding hands to share the moment.

This made me realise how fragile and brave we can be. A Man was aproaching me fast head down. Purposefully walking at a rapid pase, his strides slightly od and unbalanced like that 3rd drink to many. In the passing I saw his deformed, red and in pain face, not just the pain of the obvious but the kind that hurts inside when you feel like everyone finds it hard not to stair, feel pity or in disgust.
His hat covering the top half of his face and the hanging head disguised the rest. A Face most would look away from and frown upon. Bravery comes in small steps, my face of hope.

As I walk through a train station where people are coming and going, greeting and saying there goodbuys. An opportunity to meet new and interesting minds filled with ideas, thoughts and outlooks, the idealist, the realist and the pessimist. Some filled with hate others with regret and some of them with love and compassion. But the best thing about this is the difference. We are all so different but we are more the same.

Then I took my new camera in my hands and as I felt the weight of it I felt the need, the need to feed my soul, heart, mind and eyes. To follow my instink. To have passion and show compassion.

Remind me what is real • you, me • real • very..

Remind me what is real!

Willem Dickson de Villiers

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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