I come back to this image from time to time because I like it and I'm frustrated by it. It speaks to me, but I cannot seem to put its meaning into words. Until now. A couple of evenings ago I was sifting through the some 20 comments on the photo and I stumbled across this one: "OMG, someone give her a real seat, okay." And, in that moment, something resonated deeply within me. All kinds of questions came to mind: Why does such an image evoke fear in some people? (Natural human tendency for what is known, what can be controlled?) What is a "real seat" anyway? Who defines the "real seat"? Where might she find said "real seat"? A "real seat" in a classroom? A "real seat" in the workplace? A "real seat" in her family or relationships? A "real seat" in the global Hot, Flat and Crowded global society?
What is real? More importantly, what is "real" for her?
And who is going to step out there with her, putting their own fears aside to support her interest and provide some guidance for her risk-taking so that she can find her "real seat"?