Say Something, Stand By It
Our culture has been overrun with an ironic hipster sensibility. Grown men wear fuzzy, colorful kitten T-shirts, grow funny moustaches and argue that Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is a work of cultural art. These same grown men believe none of it. They don’t really like fuzzy, colorful kittens, funny moustaches or Carly Rae but they embrace the ridiculous precisely because it is ridiculous. It is ironic. And because it is ironic they don’t have to take a real stand and they will never be wrong.
Well, shit. It is time for this whole mess to forever go away. Enough. It is time for us to believe again. To say what we mean. To stand by what we say. To have resolve. To make ourselves better. To be wrong. For it is only in being wrong that we risk actually being right. Yes, it is time to believe again, even if only for the sake of belief itself.
We are inundated with work, social and familial demands, but a life well lived necessitates moments of quiet contemplation. It necessitates being able to look within ourselves and discover truth. Yadin Nicol takes advantage of some precious “me time” in Indonesia. Photo: Tom Carey
We often think that holding on makes us strong, but sometimes true strength is found in letting go. Letting go of what we think we want, all of our assumptions and preconceptions, allows us to accept an infinitely wider view of life. Letting go is a great and wild adventure. Creed McTaggart goes one better by never grabbing hold in the first place. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
It is not what is happening to us now, or what has happened to us in the past, that makes us what we become. Rather, it is our decisions about what to focus on that determine our ultimate destiny. Jordy Smith fixes his eye on perfection and power in Reunion Island. Photo: Ryan Miller
Voyage, travel and a change of place impart vigor. Getting on a plane, jumping in a car, just going. It matters not where we go. We should travel for travel’s sake alone, for the greatest affair is to move. Travis Potter, world renowned explorer, lives the affair in the Indian Ocean. Photo: Nathan Lawrence