Why a Wise Warrior

 Model: Alexis Brown    Photo: Tim Scott

Model: Alexis Brown    Photo: Tim Scott

Now more then ever, we need wise warriors. But what does that really mean? For some the name implies a fighter. Someone who is skilled enough to defend themselves against most of what the world has to offer them physically and emotionally. For others, the wise warrior is embodied more in ones mental cunning and dexterity then physical abilities. Most would likely say it is a unique blend of the two working towards the greater good that creates a wise warrior. But ultimately, can the definition really be determined by one perspective? The many characteristics of what could be considered a wise warrior are represented all around us in multitudes of ways. When you find it in your mind, the image of a wise warrior, what does it look like? 

Is it someone you look up to? A famous TV star with influence and style using it for the greater good. The Dali Llama perhaps, constantly spreading the message of love and peace. A boss who treats you well and inspires greatness out of her employees. or a volunteer who donates hours of their time for the benefit of others. Is it someone you love? The parent who lovingly raised you to the best of their ability. The lover who supports you and reminds you daily that you deserve to be loved. The friend who is there for you with a kind word and a smiling face in all your highs and lows.

Ultimately, is it you? Remember that you have the skills of a warrior and the knowledge to be wise, but you know this. The proof is in the moments you face daily, maintaining your patience in an unjust world, pushing through when your tired, and laughing when you need to. When in doubt, remember, you followed your own intuition to arrive at where you are today, so own that. Most importantly, we are all warriors in our own distinct way. Honestly, I feel we need to hear this message more often. You are a warrior, strong, skilled, and prepared for the battle ahead. Leave no room for the distraction of self doubt and you will have all the time and tools you need! 

What stands out in these instances in my personal reflections is the fact that almost all the people I thought of came to mind for beautiful and distinct reasons. Generally, the selfless acts that they have done for me or others, but also the fearless way in which they are so freely individual. I truly feel that it is confidence in the uniqueness of everyone and everything that leads to the ability to chase your dreams while creating a better world for everyone. Leave no room for the distraction of self doubt and you may find quite a bit more time for creative thinking. 

These warriors that we look up to and the ones that live within us are the inspiration for this project. I feel that it is time to shamelessly express ourselves in a way that can inspire others, but also supports the symbiotic relationships we share with our planet. It's time to open up shamelessly about who we are and who we want to be while insuring others can do the same for generations. The time is now to unleash your inner warrior. Fight for love, stand for peace, protect this earth, and fearlessly express yourself. 

 Model: Travis Bond     All Non-credited Photos: Lumis Memorie Photography

Model: Travis Bond     All Non-credited Photos: Lumis Memorie Photography