Nick David Wright

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Helping people

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I recently watched the movie “Unbreakable” again and a certain bit caught my attention.

Bruce Willis is explaining to Samuel Jackson that everyday he feels depressed. Jackson responds that he believes Willis feels this way because he is not fulfilling his destiny by helping people.

This little exchange in the movie struck a chord with me, because I often battle with depression about the direction my life is heading. I often feel as though I am wasting my life. And I’ve recently been wondering if I didn’t feel this way for exactly the same reason as in the movie.

Not that I’m a superhero or anything, but I love helping people.

It can be as simple as helping a customer find the product they were looking for, but the excitement of it can — I kid you not — give me goosebumps. I look for ways to help people everyday. But I want it to be more of my life than it is. I want to be the kind of person that when calamity strikes, I can hop a plane and be there helping people. The recent situation in Haiti comes to mind.

I also think this is why I have such a love/hate relationship with photojournalism. That profession has such a powerful potential to help, but it also has a great potential for harm as well. I wanted to use my photography to help, even if it was just giving someone a pretty picture to look at on the front page.

But that’s not really what sells newspapers. So more often than not I found myself shoving my lens into folks’ disasters, into the face of their grief. And yes I understand that in some macabre way that can actually help by raising other people’s awareness of a crisis, but it’s not something I feel good about.

So I thought, well if I went to Haiti to photograph the disaster I would focus on the recovery efforts instead of people’s loss. But what I realized was that I’d much rather be the person hauling cases of bottled water to people in need instead of the person photographing the person hauling cases of bottled water to people in need.

The problem is that I don’t know how to do this. The kind of life I’ve chosen to live doesn’t earn much money, and I prefer it that way. But that means that I can’t just hop on a flight to haul cases of water. So how can I make my dream of helping a reality?

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January 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

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The Fisherman

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Here’s a story I’ve always liked, I have no idea who wrote it:

One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.

About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. “You aren’t going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman to the fisherman. “You should be working rather than lying on the beach!”

The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, “And what will my reward be?” “Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!” was the businessman’s answer. “And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman, still smiling. The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!” “And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman again. The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman’s questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said.

“And then what will my reward be?” repeated the fisherman. The businessman was getting angry. “Don’t you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!” Once again the fisherman asked, “And then what will my reward be?” The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don’t you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won’t have a care in the world!”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”

Gotta love it.

Written by Nick David Wright

January 2, 2010 at 5:00 am

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What do I want out of life?

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This is a question that has hounded me for some time now.

And I finally realized that I actually know exactly what I want out of life, I just have no idea how to go about getting it.

And what I want out of life turns out to be really simple:

  • I want to spend my time engaged in pursuits meaningful to me, not always chasing after money. In other words, I want to life a life and not spend all of my time earning a living.

At least, it sounds simple. Turns out, not really simple at all; unless of course you happen to win the lottery or get left millions by forgotten Great Aunt Millie. Neither of which conditions apply to me … yet … hopefully.

So how does one escape the seemingly-inescapable trap of working your life away? I have managed to discover a few tips and tricks and I’ll be happy to share them after I get my thoughts a little more in order.

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December 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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