I thought I'd start this post with some midweek motivation and fun music. I wanted to put the mood for the pictures...
We visited my elementary school for this shoot. The same fence was still there - the fence our grade so proudly had painted yellow with stars after our idea had been voted as the best one by the other grades. It was weird. Like nothing had change for the last decade or more. Yet, I felt like I had lived at least three lives since my first day at school dressed in a denim overall.
I had gone out to see the world, tried different jobs, moved several times with the last stop being Los Angeles. And that brought me to thinking that the world and the playground, where I now was standing in front of a camera dressed like a girl scout with a touch of Parisian, weren't that different. In fact, it was pretty much the same:
Just like the swings, -I had been swinging through some rough times in life.
Just like the fence we used to kick ball against, - I had been kicking my own butt to make sure I kept on pursuing my dreams when it would've been so much easier to just quit.
And just like the sandbox where we've built sandcastles and tunnels, - I've built relationships that will last forever and a solid foundation for what's yet to come. The only difference is, I didn't stay in the sandbox. I continued playing outside the box.
As much as I dislike revisiting the past (I live in the present), our location brought a certain energy to the shoot. A mixture of irony and revenge, -like the Universe was laughing at me for worrying all these years, when in fact everything turned out pretty great. And me jumping on a swing trying to laugh back just to prove I'm unbothered.
I'm not a sentimental person, I don't like to feel as if I'm traveling in the past, I don't like to explore or do things twice (even if it might have been fun the first time). I always want to move forward and move fast. But this one time, the past opened my eyes for the future.
I'm not sure where I'll be or what I'll be doing next year. All I know is I'm traveling next month and I'm excited to go out and play again.