One thing that links us all together is that each and everyone of us at some point in our lives have had a dream. As children we all dreamed of what we would become as adults. Maybe it was idealistic, that we would make the world better. Maybe it was materialistic, that you would have more and live better than your parents. A dream of college, of marriage or maybe a better life for your children. Unfortunately many times those dreams get deferred as life interrupts.
I have always believed in dreams. It is what has kept me going through the years. My dream was interrupted some 33 years ago. I left college after 2 years mainly because I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up! I tried to go back several times, but was unable to. Life and circumstances kept interrupting. However, this past year life and circumstances interrupted to my advantage when I was laid off and now I am living my dream. I lost my job, but because of that I was able to return to college.
Recently I became aware of two friends who are also pursuing a dream and have a real shot at attaining it as I did. I first read about it in this article: A Radical Notion
Michael Tracy (also known as Mogmismo) is a photographer and he and his wife, Celestina, also have a chance to live their dream, but they need our help. They have entered a competition called "Name Your Dream Assignment" Their project is called "Breach the Wall" Check out the website and read about the project and see Michael's work. The following is a quote from his website:
Humans have a long history of separating ourselves from each other, of identifying with our differences. We build barriers between ourselves to define those differences. Sometimes we even build walls out of fear. But we are not all that different, and a hand reaching across a barrier is sometimes all it takes to bring people together.
Photographing walls, both ancient and modern, such Hadrian's wall in Northern England, the US/Mexico border fence, Palestine/Israel's Security Fence, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall and the Korean DMZ zone may not at first seem like a way to change the world. Sometimes, though, all it takes to bring about change is to put the flaws in past ideology in front of people and have them really see it. Documenting how we have tried to separate ourselves, and how we overcome this separation to become united in our humanity, is one attempt to do just that.
Their long-term goal with this project is to go around the world to photograph these walls, to interview the people around them and to publish a book documenting their efforts. The contest prize money would help to finance it.
It is a worthy goal, but a costly one. But, should they win the contest, the money would help defray those costs. The winner will be chosen from the top twenty voted by the public. They have been in the top 20, but have recently dropped below. And as of today, Wednesday, they are at number 25. They need our help, now!
What can you do? It is very simple, go vote. You can find a link to vote on their website "Breach the Wall" It is a star on the upper left hand side of the page. That link will take you to Michael's project page. When you reach that page look for "Pic it" again on the upper left hand side of the page. Upon clicking that you will be required to register, but not to worry you can opt out of any further contact. It is necessary to register with your email address in order to keep the contest fair and prevent people from spamming it in order to win. They will then send you an email with a link. At that point you can go back, sign in and vote. It took me a little over 5 minutes to complete it. I think Celestina had said 10 minutes in her article. But, I consider it time well spent if it can help someone attain their dream.
The voting ends on April 3rd so there is no time to wait. They need help now to get back into contention. It is only a little time and effort on our part. But wouldn't it be great if the 5 to 10 minutes we each spent voting could help them achieve their dream. It is very close and every vote will be necessary. Please take that time to help them.
* It was suggested that I clarify the fact that you need to come back and vote ( hit Pic it ) again after you register.