#findyoursummer (August) For the youth…

#findyoursummer (August) For the youth…

Summer Finale!

I love this piece.  Black and brown youth are often forced to grow up fast due to many circumstances but this summer in particular, I felt there were a lot of children forced to witness a ton of injustice, bigotry and hate.  I also saw a lot of children being children.  Actually playing…OUTSIDE!  They were being kids.  Carefree, joyful and full of life.  What a beautiful sight!  I love that this piece came to me while I was at the beach.  I also love that the children filmed are silhouetted by the sun so that you can’t see their faces.  I’m always cautious about photographing or videotaping kids so the sun worked in my favor on that hot August day.  I wrote this piece with the youth of today in mind but also for the young at heart.  As we wrap up another summer season, I hope you were able to at least for a moment capture the essence of the season, be youthful in spirit and #findyoursunmer.  Here’s to a great end of the summer and a prosperous Fall season!

August (For the youth…)

I hope the sun’s rays were good to you and allowed you to be a kid again.

Free.

Abundant in play and without worry.

I hope the ocean’s waves crashed at your feet and washed away any doubt that you could be anything.

And everything.

And nothing,

if you so choose.

I hope the August heat melted uncertainty and birthed promise.

Find joy in the light.

Let the sweat trickle down your brow and illuminate your aura.

Taste the sweet bitterness of the ocean and become drunk off of its life.

I hope you found freedom in the ocean’s waves and will never let it go.

Posted on: August 1, 2016Shavon

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