After months of masquerading as my father, my mother finally created her own Facebook page. We knew she would be a terror as soon as she learned about a “like” button, but we couldn’t keep her from it. She loves pictures way too much.
Recently she has combined her love of photos with her love of sunsets. It started out simple enough; she would demand photos from my sisters and I… however now that she has her own Facebook account it has turned into full-fledged online project. She shoots off Facebook messages, wall posts and status updates to her rapidly growing Facebook network requesting photos of that sinking sun from all over the world.
At first it was just my daughterly duty to send her beautiful pictures from Miami and New York; but now it’s actually gotten very interesting. She is reaching out to every single branch of our family – and beyond – in an attempt to collect pictures from around the world. And no one can say no. Either they just can’t imagine letting my mother down because she is the most social and wonderful woman on earth or they are just too interested in seeing where her sunset project goes. So far she’s also received sun rises, moon rises, sunsets over oceans, over mountains, over lakes, behind trees…
While she is eliciting some concern from my father who thinks she’s “gotten a little weird about it” (which I don’t doubt as she is always a character), I can’t help but to be proud of her. She’s found a project that makes her happy and is pursuing it quite persistently. She wants to see sunsets from around the world and she will, damn it!
So – here’s what my mother taught me this time: Be passionate about something. Whether it’s collecting sunsets through social media or writing the next best seller (stay tuned!) just get passionate and stop at nothing. Life is too short to spend it bitching about your life’s woes to your entire newsfeed… make your life worth something by finding a passion and chasing it fearlessly.
While my mother’s sunset collection is hardly her life’s legacy, it makes her truly happy. And if that’s not completely enough it’s also making me (her real life’s legacy, duh) pretty proud of her. She’s a one of a kind lady!
And I hope you’ll contribute to my her sunset collection! Just email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it over to her. After all… how can you not participate after hearing she is, quite literally, the most wonderful woman in the world?!
Looking forward to your photos (hint, hint)!