Photo Showcase: Women Share The Secrets To Success
Just about every month, Pictory Magazine, an online photo publication, does a call-out for photographs based on a theme: "Summer Jobless," "Are You There, Dad?," "The One Who Got Away," etc.
The best of those photo and story submissions are then curated and presented as showcases -- the most recent being "Secrets Of Inspiring Women." Some of the stories are sad; others are humorous; others exalt the ordinary. All of them celebrate the photograph.
In fact, this marks the magazine's one-year anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with wisdom worth sharing? See the entire showcase on Pictory's website.
This is a photo of a beautiful, amazing woman named Cynthia. My grandmother was a self-taught seamstress, ran a soup kitchen, and took more than 30 foster kids into her home. If there was anyone who needed help, young or old, she was there. I’m glad my mom has her spirit, and I hope it surfaces in me.
At age 33, I am just now feeling like myself. It’s as if it took the entirety of my teens and twenties to fumble around and figure out who I am. But now that I’m here, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oddly enough, it took being diagnosed with a chronic illness to really get my head in the game. I think I can sum up my revelation in short with this quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
My best friend Lili held this sign for me when I ran the NYC Marathon, my first. I’d had a tough year, but Lili had lived through a nearly impossible one. She gave birth to premature twins after a month of bed rest and other complications. While the babies were in intensive care and she was recovering, she learned her husband had been unfaithful throughout her pregnancy, the birth, and recovery period. The marriage imploded, but the babies grew strong, Lili adjusted, and found a way forward. “You’re going to be an astronaut” is a quote from Brendan (our other best friend) who first said this to me the day after a highly unlikely success with a documentary film shoot: “Well, kid. I think you did it! I think you’re going to be an astronaut!” Really, it’s about surviving in the face of adversity, and arriving at an exceptional success because you refused to give up. And while maybe that applies to a first time marathon runner or a film shoot, it’s more applicable when I think of what Lili did that year and continues to do today.