Thursday, February 17, 2011

The ME That Might BE

CHALLENGE #3: If I could have any job in the world, what would it be?

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When I was little I always told people that I wanted to be a lawyer or a journalist. That's much too practical for the "me" that I am today. So I'm dedicating this post to dreaming up the "me" that might "be" in another lifetime.... or maybe THE HERE AND NOW.

I want to be a farmer!
My family is full of "green thumbs". My father is quite knowledgeable about commercial farming while my mother is steeped in family farming. Either way, they both have a deep connection to the soil that I hope to have also.

I want to be an oceanographer!
Skip the fancy title, this is the dream job for me only because of my love for the ocean. Marine life, marine plants, everything "under the sea" is so very exciting to me. Perhaps it's because my father and my uncles were avid fishermen that maybe, genetically, they passed that love of the ocean to me.

I can remember a time when I went out with my father and my uncle and some cousins. Our family style is skin-diving. That means... snorkel, face mask, fins, spear, and a t-bar or mesh bag for the catch. We left the Ka'a'awa shore at about 830 in the morning and did not return 'til late in the afternoon when the sun had already passed over the Ko'olau mountain range. We were hungry! As we sat on the shore, my uncle was the first to pick the limu (sea weed) off the rocks in the ocean and pop it in his mouth. We all followed suit. The ocean just like the land offers so much to humanity in terms of food and the environment.

I want to be a WITCH DOCTOR!
The idea of a witch doctor, for some, seems scary. I don't like the term but I think it creates an air of mystery because of the general population's association to witches. Think Salem Witch Hunts or the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz. I happen to think that 'witch doctor' is a fancy name for an herbalist-holistic-spiritual HEALER.

My grandmother on my Samoan side would have been considered by most people to be a witch doctor. She was, by far, the most gifted woman I have ever known. I wish I could have absorbed some of her great-ness. She is the reason why I want to be a HEALER.

I want to be a photographer!
Ever since I can remember I have always been fascinated by pictures. Still photos capture single moments in time. Moments that have never been and will never be again. I carry my camera with me everywhere I go. These are some of my favorite shots that I have taken in the last month or so.
My niece, Juliette. I was babysitting and let her play in the rain. Her mama was not happy when she came to pick them up. LOL... that's what Aunties are for! I love the contrasting colors in this photo.

Mena in this photo. I love the splash and the movement that I captured in this shot.

This is a picture I took at Alcatraz. Gorgeous! It was a beautiful day in the Bay.

This is one of my favorite photos from my visit to Japan.

This is another favorite photo from Japan.

This was MLK Day 2011. Gorgeous day!

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