Will2Live

A while ago we joined the non-profit organisation Will2Live. Will, who started cooking food in his mothers garage six years ago, was basically fed up with his current situation as a drug dealer and decided to take a massive action. Today he’s got an organisation with returning volunteers, cooking and dealing out food to the homeless people outside Central Station in Sydney. Me and Matias contribute about 1-2 days a week.

I got asked to document the yearly Christmas event through both photography and videography. Heaps of volunteers all ages were gathered to serve and cook food on the spot. Musicians played great tunes that we all could sing along to. Being in this community for about 6 months now, we’re slowly getting to know the community we’re serving. It’s interesting to just ask one question and see what you get in return:

– What’s your story?

Some are more willing to talk than others and some simply won’t stop talking. One bloke just finished off his fourth bottle of wine, and my first thought was “And I have never seen you this sober”. Same one, never wants butter on his sausage bread because that’s unhealthy for him. Yes, we all have our rule books containing the truth as we know it. We’re sticking to it even though we deep inside know it’s not sustainable. Why? Could it be fear?

I was working with cancer patients, hearing about their fears. Beloved relatives that reveal their inner anger at the nurse because they don’t know how to express their fear differently. As a nurse, fear was always around me. Like a friend tapping you on the shoulder once in a while just to check up on you. I learned how to listen to the fear of others very well. Questioning their fear instead of running away from it.

How about my own fears? I’m afraid of change. Change for me means uncertainty, which is a word that doesn’t sound that positive. I have discovered that I have a super power; I can redefine the meaning of everything that comes into my life.

Rewind.

I define change as rebirth. Chance to learn something new. Explore. Throwing myself into something that I have no knowledge about. Embrace the mistakes that come with change and learn from them.

Although I never though I would, I moved abroad not knowing a single soul.

Although I never thought I could, I started a photography business in Australia [now with a proper business card!]

Although I never thought I would, I began living a more healthy lifestyle including physical activity and changing diet. Those of you who have known me for a long time know that I absolutely hated to exercise. I was looking at a salad bowl as it was intoxicated with rat poison.

 

I have come a long way. And I have just started.

 

 

One of my shots featured on Will2live website

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