PATIENCE & PURPOSE
PHOTOGRAPHY / VISUAL ARTS
This series was inspired by these words “God has perfect timing, never early, never late. It takes patience and a lot of faith but it’s worth the wait”. The ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties is we all need. Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity. I have been through this stage of life, seeds take time to grow and I believe art is one of the powerful languages I could you to preach this message. Imagine, if you knew your future or you knew what you would become 10 years from now,
you would do things to mess your journey up.
Most times, the process determines your fate. Joseph in the Bible went to prison in order to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, Nelson Mandela went to prison to become a president, if all these people knew their future, they would’ve messed their journey up and they would have become something else. Every individual has a role to play on earth. Success is measured in different ways. How do you measure success? One of my favorite books, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway talks about the idea of redefining success and victory.
The story opens with Santiago having gone 84 days without catching a fish, and now being seen as "salao", the worst form of unluckiness. He is so unlucky that his young apprentice, Manolin, has been forbidden by his parents to sail with him and has been told instead to fish with successful fishermen. The boy visits Santiago's shack each night, hauling his fishing gear, preparing food, talking about American baseball and his favorite player, Joe DiMaggio.
On the eighty-fifth day of his unlucky streak, Santiago takes his skiff into the Gulf Stream, sets his lines and by noon, has his bait taken by a big fish that he is sure is a marlin. Unable to haul in the great marlin, Santiago is instead pulled by the marlin, and two days and nights pass with Santiago holding onto the line. Though wounded by the struggle and in pain, Santiago expresses a compassionate appreciation for his adversary, often referring to him as a brother. He also determines that, because of the fish's great dignity, no one shall deserve to eat the marlin.
On the third day, the fish begins to circle the skiff. Santiago, worn out and almost delirious, uses all his remaining strength to pull the fish onto its side and stab the marlin with a harpoon. Santiago straps the marlin to the side of his skiff and heads home, thinking about the high price the fish will bring him at the market and how many people he will feed.
On his way to the shore, sharks are attracted to the marlin's blood. These sharks devoured the marlin's entire carcass, leaving a skeleton consisting mostly of its backbone, its tail, and its head. Santiago knows that he is defeated and tells the sharks of how they have killed his dreams. Upon reaching the shore before dawn on the next day, Santiago struggles to his shack, carrying the heavy mast on his shoulder, leaving the fish head and the bones on the shore.
Once home, he slumps onto his bed and falls into a deep sleep.
A group of fishermen gather the next day around the boat where the fish's skeleton is still attached. One of the fishermen measures it to be 18 feet (5.5 m) from nose to tail. The other fishermen tell Manolin to tell the old man how sorry they are.