Patrick picked the movie, Garden State. He admitted that we hadn’t watched it in a while and it would be a good choice. We sat down to begin it and I told him that my friends in high school used to say that Sam (Natalie Portman’s character) reminded them of me.
Not even 30 seconds into the scene where Sam first opens her mouth, Patrick laughingly stated that I am very much like Sam. As we watched, the more convinced he became that Sam and I had been separated at birth. At first I was pouting a bit. You should see the pout…it’s quite an incredible pout that I have honed carefully over the years. I was pouting because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be seen that way anymore. You see, Sam pretty much says everything that comes to her mind even if it makes people uncomfortable, talks way too much and most importantly, has the want to be incredibly unique.
Now as many of you know, changing fundamental personality traits is not an easy thing to do. But over the years, I thought that I had reeled in my saying inappropriate things and tried to control my talking too much. But as you can attest to the length of this post, I have not succeeded as greatly as I would have liked.
The one comparison I was excited about was the drive to be unique. I may not sing or say some weird phrase out of nowhere (just watch the movie – you won’t be disappointed) but I have that drive still. I sing way too loud and dance around my living room. I like to think that elves, magic, and other mystical elements may exist in this world and am super jealous that I don’t have the power to make more gluten free pizza appear right in front of me. Since magic powers seem not to have been bestowed on me, I think my photos are one of my most unique expressions.
I believe that the photos I take, no one could duplicate. It’s not that I’m the most incredible photographer who ever existed. Quite the contrary. It is because no one will see the world the way I do. No one will see the same things I see in people or things when I photograph them. And that makes every single photo I take unique. So here is a bit of uniqueness for you today. And if keeping the uniqueness means I have to keep the others, I think I’ll manage