Hello lovely reader,
You know something? Every morning, I wake up with nothing but the purest of intentions but then, the day happens. Things go wrong, people piss you off and suddenly those intentions evaporate. Actually they are probably still buried deep within you at this point, but you are too wound up to allow them to arise to the surface and show themselves.
This for me, is one of life’s biggest frustrations because I always want to do good, in fact I want to die doing good. I want to make a difference in the world. Sure there is charity and volunteering, but I have always wanted something more. I often (not often enough come to think of it) ask God to bless me with an idea through which I can contribute something to the world and maybe influence one or two people.
So far nothing, but I am still hopeful you know because what is the alternative? I have come across some wonderful projects in the last couple of years that started off as nothing but ideas. This is what I mean when I say the power of ideas is immense guys. Because these projects that started off as nothing but ideas have now escalated into world wide causes and MY GOD am I jealous of the people behind them, like why couldn’t I think of this? But also; wow I really admire what you have going here.
First person / project I love is Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton; a guy who lost his job and went to New York with a camera and started taking photos of strangers and uploading them on social media with a quote acquired from said strangers themselves, instantly creating lovely little story that travels around the world in seconds. The idea is so simple yet so powerful and it grabbed me due to the growth of my own interest in photography. But Brandon branched out after HONY got big and started travelling the world- he is currently covering the stories of refugees in Greece.
So if you initially thought, ok some guy taking photos of pretty girl on a New York street with her Starbucks cup- boy do you need to think again. This guy is keeping it real, keeping it relevant and providing us with true accounts of tragedies straight from the horse’s mouth. Rather than the selectively filtered and discoloured crap we are constantly being fed through the media. If you have never heard of him before, he’s all over social media, I follow him on Instagram personally.
Person and idea number two that have blown my mind recently is a little project called More Love Letters founded by Hannah Brencher; a girl who moved to New York and found herself lonely and depressed. Being a lover of words (hello! #CanTotallyRelate) she started writing letters and leaving them around for people to find all over the place. Does it get more simple? She didn’t think; dude this is weird what if people think I am a freak? She just did it! Then she blogged about it (hello!) and the idea blew up!
Today, she has a book and her team runs a website where people can nominate loved ones to receive love letters from all around the world. Who doesn’t love receiving something, other the bills, in the mail? I actually took part and nominated someone and was completely overwhelmed by the response that they received. Twice a month, the MLL website gets updated with new letter requests so check out their site and if someone’s story moves you-write to them. Only 97p for a stamp to the USA from UK, did you know that? Small price to pay to make someone smile. Also check out #moreloveletters on Instagram.
Idea number three is actually something that everyone is doing these days man. The YouTube industry is taking everyone by storm. People are being paid to make videos about themselves and post them on the internet. Let that sink in for a minute. I have a couple of faves; a hijabi called Amenah who has the most soothing presence mashallah.
Her video content used to be much more interesting to me in the past than it is now as she made videos about life, travel, religion. Now, due to some hate comments she recieved (don’t you just love it when some folk ruin it for the whole team?) she sticks to beauty videos. To me they are blah, because I have no interest in make up, but I know a lot of ya’ll do so check her out.
Second YouTuber whose videos I really enjoy is this guy called Louis. He makes travel videos. I love travel and will probably never get to indulge in it as much as I would like, due to a wallet that doesn’t love me! So, I get to do it through this guy in a way. He does go to places and do things that I wouldn’t imagine me being a part of coz they’re too out there! But for the most part, his content is pretty decent.
I hope this post introduced you to some cool new people and projects to follow. Needless to say, no one is paying me to say this stuff. I am deeply influenced by these people who contribute some good and joy to the world and can only pray I get an idea in this hollow-building brain of mine that will help me do the same one day Inshallah, something meaningful to me…