Before you really read this section, open Spotify and bump, “Kung Fu Fighting”.
I work at Arc’teryx and Salomon in Tulalip, It’s the best Job because of the Co-workers. 70% of our clientele is Chinese, which is tight-ish. We can’t really communicate with them super well and our cultures are vastly different but for the most part it’s a good time. The other day a family came through and I welcomed them with a “What’s good, Welcome in” the grandpa stayed back while the family shopped around. He and I talked in broken English/Mandarin for a second. He stopped for second longer and pointed at everyone saying, “consume” with one big happy eye to eye grin.
Then he pointed at me and said, “Change” with an even wider smile. It took me a minute to register what he was conveying and then I threw an upbeat, “Shi” (Yes) back. He just smiled, the family left and I went back to zoning but I still think about it. Consume: to use up. The path we are on. Change: to make or become different. What we need. You.
As an outdoor photographer I struggle with this, we’re playing into the death of our resources with every little move and I’m just another part of that. Everything is wrapped in plastic, you always need pics of new gear, you gotta travel far for it, you need buyers to sponsor riders. And we’ve come far, skis aren’t just 2x4’s and bikes are so nuts with all their little geometry bits. Good stuff is worth it for sure. But how do we take care of this place? By only using it? By donating 10% of our earnings on earth day to some non profit? By flying across it to take photos of some jacket on a glacier that’s melting?
Don’t get too bummed on people who travel, you should go out there, experience this place. I’m not mad if you ride Moto, I used to love that shit. Buy a jacket if you need it. But if you don’t, don’t. Only recently we’ve had access to anything we could ever want within seconds. And we go, “damn I’d look fresh in that” or, “If only I could get that then my bike would ride so smooth just like Justin Barcia”. We will consume until there is nothing left, I only know this because it’s what I do. We just want more and we want it better than the last. It’s part of out need for progress. I look at Delica’s daily at work and dream of the next lens. It’s wild
I’m not inherently solving global issues or convincing you to not buy that thing but man, an old dude learned how to say two unique English words just to change the world. So what are you going to do with this info if you are on board with it? Purchase that next jacket? Plant something? Pretend? It’s easy to freak out or disregard new thoughts. Let go, and you’ll figure it out. You’ll realize what’s really important :) Some guy resembling a wise & ancient Chinese turtle told me.
But it’s rrrrly cute -Big R