It’s weird to admit, you don’t belong to a place, that you feel connected to all life on earth all the time, that you can be born somewhere and not have it define you in anyway, that you can be raised by the world at large, where every place, person, action and thought has come to undo you from the boxes that society tries to bind you within… but that is my story. My dad used to say, it wasn’t hard to parent me, because all it took to raise me was sunshine, water and dirt, but my mom maintains I was raised by wolves… perhaps that had something to do with my walking on all fours with my first sibling, a fluffy white Spitz by the name of Leander. I ascended the evolutionary tree over the course of my childhood, from T-Rex, to bat, to chimp. My family never told me otherwise, so I had the freedom to be, to breathe, without boundaries. It wasn’t until my Kindergarten teacher told me that I couldn’t bond with my classmates by grooming them, that I first realized I was human. That was incredibly disappointing to learn, but my mom was quick to assure me, that I could be chimp or bat whenever I felt like it, that the wild was where I came from, much like everyone else, but that most others had lost this ability to recall and relive their animal ancestry. I was encouraged to let the wild within extend into the wild beyond. However, for those who care about geographical locations, I was born in India, and I owe who I am, to England, several countries in Europe, to family, friends, to Africa’s unbridled wilderness and an aggressive love affair with the filthy yet fabulous New York City.
Storytelling has been my conduit to communicating, restoring, celebrating and promoting unity. A good story not only evolves an individual's understanding of the world around them but inspires them to continue assimilating and augmenting the world external as an extension of his or her internal landscape. Stories capable of stretching the elastic canvas of reality by taking pause on possibilities are the most powerful of all, because they highlight how individuals can have impact by diffusing hope into happening. The need to push past the known, to gain audience with the unexplored, is the innate curiosity that nurtures growth and change in us all. I nurture this change in others by portraying the shifts I experienced within myself when I grew more aware. In conveying content conceptually through intentionally layering and aligning data in a non-linear sequence, I empower viewers to not only imbibe information but take ownership of it. When a problem is owned it can be solved. Every thing I generate is designed to cultivate empathy for the environment incidentally; it allows people to find their own stance on the topics deliberated, instead of spoon-feeding conclusions at a pace out of sync with their interest or learning curve.
Deep Rooted Truths ©Asher Jay 2015
I appreciate life no matter the form it has found expression in, and I feel tethered to and responsible for all life on earth.