Acknowledge your Debt
I bought my Olympus OM-2n camera almost forty years ago. It’s been a while and through the years I have spoken of how my father bought this camera for me. If not for him, I could not have embarked on this journey into the world of photography. It’s good form to acknowledge your debt, especially to your parents.
Over the years, I have seen many people who grow up cursing their parents and being critical of them. Yes, some parents deserve all criticism, and we cannot doubt this. Consider this: murderers, thieves, rapists, politicians, and priests–to name a few categories of criminals–spawn children. But mostly, our parents struggle to raise us, make sacrifices we take for granted, and hope we will be normal human beings.
Often, we never stop to think about their struggles, listen to their stories, or even have a conversation with them. If you don’t care to do this, then there is no way you will acknowledge your debt to them.
It is a shame that we don’t listen to them because we miss the chance to learn the history of their lives and their times. In fact, we often dismiss them as dinosaurs and ask them not to be boring. After this, we bury our heads in our mobile phones to catch up on the latest hip-swiveling ‘influencer’. This is the way of the modern world.
Conversations & Amends
When I was a teenager, pursuing an engineering degree, we’d often sit around an aluminium kettle, drink tea out of chipped cups, and talk for hours. Our conversations often went off at weird tangents, but we spoke to each other.
Yet, when I think back on my own life, I realize I began having proper conversations with my father only in the fourth decade of my life. This is a shame, because I cannot bring him back, or travel back in time to my teenage years (for instance) and hold a genuine conversation with him.
Maybe I am trying to make amends by giving as much time as possible to my mother. When you reflect, you may realize your parents will almost never ask you to acknowledge your debt to them, but they will be grateful if you give them time, companionship, and attention.
Therefore, when I look at my Olympus OM-2n, I always reflect on how the camera changed my life’s direction. I am always reminded of my father’s gift to me and it was more than just a camera.
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