Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. In fact, most often things happen that are beyond our control. We can control so little really, except for our reactions and attitudes towards all those uncontrollable things.
In late adolescence, I went through a lot of crap. Didn’t we all? I found myself in some rough situations and let them weigh heavy on me. I let things beyond my control control the way I felt and acted. I became a product of the situation and acted in ways that didn’t sit right with me. It wasn’t me. But I realized it finally and began to work on change. This is how we learn.
Since, I’ve always tried to focus on not letting my ill emotions or foul feelings affect the solid human I want to be. Act how you want, and so you will become. So I try and stand strong. I try and laugh and love. I try to treat every situation with humility and respect and grow from it no matter how rough it may have become.
It’s okay to cry and get angry or sad or mad. It’s okay to get upset. But the point is to rise above it just as soon as you possibly can. Stand strong in who you are, and let that Who be positive and happy and full of Love. Don’t let anyone or anything fence you into negativity. You control your limits and boundaries. You control who or what affects you and how. And really if that’s all we can control, we might as well take some control.
Open your own gates. Lock your own fences. Take control of your own.
image shot in Venice, Italy, October 2011, on 35mm Kodak 200 Color Print film
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Abigail - Jacqueline… I have known you since we were 15, I have watched you blossom and grow into the most amazing woman. Your photography is out of this world, your writing has become so poetic and real, your connection to yourself and others is so raw and beautiful. I consider you family, my sister, and I could not be more proud of you. You are a blessing that I’m not sure I deserve, but I accept it with the most humble gratitude. You are such an inspiration to me, and to everyone you touch. I love you Jackie Lovato.
Jackie - wow, Abigail. Thank you. THANK YOU. from the bottom of my heart thank you. :*)