When people think they know you who you are from a distance?

I am who I am and can be nothing more. What I can be, is a healthier version of me or a run down sickly version of me, but to be anything else is impossible.

Its most naive to profile someone based on our observation and hearsay, believing we have great insight into the human psyche.

I believe most people have no idea who they are let alone have the confidence to judge another person. We are all a masterpiece unfolding and there’s something beautiful about accepting such a mystery.

I received a private message on a social media platform from someone who believes they know me. They’ve seen me perform, they’ve read my thoughts and seemed curious that I’m starting a new project called Smart City Perth.

His message ended with the following “Will be interested to see how far you get with your latest reincarnation. What I have seen so far is recycled material, but let’s see how you go”

My response to anyone that thinks they know you would be simple.

Of course I am who I am, who else would I be, as for recycled material, implying I am the same person as I was ten, twenty, thirty years ago, is absurd.

Let me explain

I have a beautiful fig tree in my back yard, it is what it is, a fig tree, it can be nothing else but a fig tree. Is it the same as it was when it was first planted, no. Is it a recycled fig tree, no. Is it a reincarnated fig tree, no. It’s a fig tree that produces nothing but figs. If the tree is nurtured well and the conditions are right, it will produce beautiful figs. If it is neglected, it will start to fade and the figs will disappear. This fig tree will never transform into another type of tree, it’s destiny is set, it can only produce figs.

As for my new venture, Smart City Perth and where it’s going isn’t completely determined by me. If I do my part and the conditions are right, it will produce what I’ve always produced in the right conditions, healthy fruit. People’s lives will look better, taste better, be better. That’s all I’m called to do, nothing more, nothing less.

To any aspiring person looking to take risks, be prepared to be scrutinised, ridiculed and maligned. Like insects looking for the nectar in my backyard figs, you’ll always have parasites that will take value out of the bigger picture and destroy potential fruit by their ignorance.

I am who I am and can be nothing more. What I can be, is a healthier version of me or a run down sickly version of me, but to be anything else is impossible.

Since my late teens, I’ve had a camera by my side and a story to tell, decades later, I’m still the same, hopefully healthier.

2 thoughts on “When people think they know you who you are from a distance?”

  1. I love when you said this – I believe most people have no idea who they are let alone have the confidence to judge another person. – oddly, many people are too quick to judge others without having a good look at themselves…

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