My lovely roommate, Syd, kindly posing for a 3am photo shoot in the Haight. I often assume I have strokes of Photog genius, which usually means I have been drinking a lot of Stella or Red Stripe.
“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” -Bob Marley
As much as I am oddly against cliche-ly quoting people like Bob Marley, this one couldn’t escape me. It’s a lyric I have heard and read over and over in my life and only in these past couple of days have I given it much thought.
Lately, I have been successfully going to and from work without paying for the MUNI. I am often able to sneak on without paying the cheap $2 fare and not get caught or, at the very least, called out by one of those “upstanding” citizens of the bay area. Why? Because I am extremely selfish when it comes to money. I can admit with all my heart that money means way more to me than it should. I love spending money to make myself happy. I love getting new things I didn’t need. I love going out to eat even when I have a perfectly good meal to whip up at home. I love spending money at bars buying everyone I know (or just met) a drink or two. I’m crazy. But paying for the MUNI? No, thanks.
I don’t know what happened. I would like to think that I am a compassionate and honest person, but for some reason I felt like there wasn’t any need to contribute to the very system that gets me where I need to go everyday.
Oddly enough, at 3am in the morning, a Bob Marley mural in the hippiest area in the United States gave me conviction.
So, there’s that experience.
Have a great Monday, all.