For as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated in understanding what makes people "tick". Or in other words, why do people do what they do? It truly hit me even more so after I moved to beautiful Southwest Florida. I would fly back home during holidays to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and instantly my mood would be changed. First, I’d be happy and excited to see my family and friends, but soon, I became discouraged, tired, and even partially depressed. During the drive home from the airport I’d most always see graffiti written bridges and buildings, vacant homes and old businesses, homeless men and women, police with sirens in an active pursuit, and ultimately run down and depressed cities that appeared hopeless. Then, I would turn on the news and hear of the shootings in my hometown, McKeesport, just one night prior. Or the robbery just blocks away from my parents home. Seeing and hearing such tragic and depressing news always left me desiring an answer. An answer as to how, in just three hours prior I was driving around in a safe gated community surrounded by palm trees and the Gulf of Mexico. As I dissected this thought more intently, I came to the realization that people live based off the sights and sounds surrounding them daily. If you’re accustomed to, adapted to, and comfortable living in an area that is run-down and depressed, soon you begin to embody that feeling. You begin to, indirectly, become a part of that lifestyle. Although you may not even see yourself in that light, your vocabulary reflects similarly to things of which others around you see. Along with your vocabulary change, your mood changes, your expectations change, and your comfort zone becomes an enclosed 2X2 square. You are unable to see beyond what’s outside of your specific area.
Considering how powerfully we are moved by our daily sights and sounds, I believe it’s best apporpriate to react to, reflect upon, and discuss some of things you and I may be accustomed to daily. So, within this tab, I will share different images and sounds each week. The picture, video, or even small sound will be viewable for the entirety of the week. During that week I encourage you all to interact with one another in discussing how that particular image or sound makes you feel, and before long, I hope you all are able to develop a few places of tranquility or peace that will allow you live peacefully, happily, and fearlessly!!
On this first post, I ask that you please respond to my comments above, and add any sights or sounds that currently put you in that place of tranquility or peace, a place where you do your best thinking and develop your best self!