Bow your head


Do you remember the last time you had to bow your head in the face of adversity? I certainly do, I don’t think most people forget those moments.

So… how can you come back from those challenging moments? that desperate feeling when your spirit is flickering as if a weak flame? you simply have to give in – although I don’t mean give in to your anger or negative emotions, nor do I mean give in to the weight that you had let put you in this place originally… you have to give in to life’s greatest lesson, remembering that when you’re down and on the ground – from whatever it may be – that it becomes difficult to get back up (and most people never do) but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand tall again. As world famous motivational speaker Les Brown once said “if you can look up, you can get up” this applies to many things in our lives that we face, including this kind of situation.

You might be in this trailing time because of a family member, your boss, your partner or even just from a financial situation, either way… Les Brown was right. I know you can get back up, but first you have to look up and then get up.

When looking back on the obvious I have just shared, it brings me back to the original point I came here to share with everyone reading. This obvious but you over looked power comes from a Buddhist mindset which is “there is a lesson to be learned, in everything” or in this situation – new growth to be gained.

When you’re down and in a hard place, that’s where the growth really happens. When you feel pushed down and set aside by life’s trials, when you’re overwhelmed and can’t pay your bills, when you’re struggling to find a reason to go on it’s hard, and where there is resistance there is capacity for growth  because anyone can be happy when they’re safe, when their bills are paid, when they have friends and family who support them… but these hard times we go through are when you have “a real” opportunity for growth, this is when the potential for growth is highest, when there is the most resistance. This is one of the simplest but truly ultimate life lessons we all should strive to learn.

Thanks for reading, stay humble, stay focused.

OJW.

Location for photos – Canggu beach, Canggu, Bali

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La Mar

 

pretty poison.

You might think a skate bowl out the back of a bar in the middle of some rice fields sounds like a ridiculous idea… well the owners from pretty poison didn’t.

Pretty Poison is a bar in Canggu, Bali where you can go to have food and drinks while watching people skate, if you feel you’re good enough they may even lend you aboard.

Why am I posting this? because it’s awesome and it is also a good testament to whatever crazy unrealistic dreams you may have. I didn’t get the pleasure to meet the owners but I am sure they got criticism when they first had the idea (and now it is one of the most popular bars in Canggu)

I also wanted to apologize for the lack of posts, my life has become a little wild right now so if you’re still here, still reading… I appreciate the support.

Keep grinding, stay humble.

OJW.

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after dark

DARK LIGHT

DARK LIGHT

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T H R O N E

T H R O N E

Question beauty.

Bali is growing fast, trying to compete with the western world with its booming tourist industry. Hotels and home stays are on the rise, fancy restaurants and bars are being built rapidly but despite the heavy work load, the Indonesian people are extremely resilient, they work in conditions we could not even comprehend, they have very minimal work place regulations in construction, I am not sure if I have witnessed a single engineer inspecting of the giant concrete structures being built by a mass of family members from as old as your grandma to you’re 4 year old nephew.

I woke early, I couldn’t sleep, my heavy eyes focused on my watch face to tell me the time was roughly 6am, the morning light was hitting the dusty glass windows. I got up slowly to not wake her as I moved out onto the balcony, to enjoy the photography game I love so much. I stood and observed as people prayed to the Hindu Gods, lighting incense while laying material offerings on intricate structures they had built atop their small housing and below on their doorsteps, blessing them with holy water. When I first smelt the smoke I thought of the bushfires from the outback, but the mass of smoke was actually from everyone in the village simultaneously lighting incense upon their altars.

I began to watch a man (no younger than 55) climb to the top of a bamboo scaffolding structure, he paced back and forth, checking for water damage and looking at the rope holding it together, he smoked a bent cigarette and took deep breaths while going over his workspace for the day. I love watching people, seeing how they move, tracking them with my lens. I find when taking photos of people in a candid format, you feel them, you become a part of who they are as you track their movements, you can hear them exhale and feel them taking their steps in your minds… It makes you question what beauty is when you watch a different world awaken for the same sunrise, just to pray and work. I find it sad how we come here and barter for 1 Australian dollar on a shitty pair of sunglasses or a cab… these people deserve better and I am just one man, I wish I could’ve done more besides the few 100,000 rupees I gave the street kids and homeless people or more than feeding the stray dogs and giving them water.

thanks for the love, take care and be kind to each other.

regards,
OJW

true grit

true grit

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hardcore

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contemplation

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hope

“Luck” and featured FIVE MILE RADIUS photographs.

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photographs featured were taken for FIVE MILE RADIUS, an architecture firm in Brisbane, AUS.

My best friend and his piers have started their journey on “the path less travelled” to accomplish their dreams of creating a “sustainable and renewable material based” architecture firm and that exclusively designs and builds models/structures/housing with only renewable and sustainable energy and materials.

 

Hey everyone,

first of I just want to say thanks to the handful of new followers VVOLFWOOD has received, I hope my stories, quotes and words have inspired you in some way to make change in you’re life for the greater good.

Right now I am sitting at the airport waiting to get a plane to Indonesion, Bali ( I know how bloody Australian of me… ) but I am not here to brag about my adventures so I hope it is not taken that way, I am here to talk about self discovery and how you can find things about yourself through hard work and dedication to your craft and dreams and also to touch on the concept of “luck” now, I may be going to Bali to explore a new culture, meet a beautiful American girl and paddle board around for a few weeks but I am also going there for an article on lifestyle and travel (my first true journalistic role) when I booked the tickets, I was worried about money/ my upcoming career so I decided to do something about that worry instead of just sitting on my old beaten up mitts. I started emailing every magazine in my area, in australia and outward,  I must’ve sent around 70-75 emails to different places – I had two responses, one was a very polite “no” that ended up with me being kept on file because of taking this blow humbly with a “thank you for taking the time to reply” and the second was from a man called Greg. Now I am not going to give you his full name or the magazines name (yet) until I have completed the article and it is printed (I don’t like to talk about what I am going to do until I have finished usually) but the reason I am telling you, is because I now get to have a holiday AND work on my career AND see a fantastic woman all in one (not to mention the beautiful photos I will take and sell) I just want you to think about that, take inspiration from it and re-channel that energy into your own life. What can you do today to reach those goals?

Now onto “Luck” – Conor McGregor once said “hard work puts you in the places where luck with find you” and I agree, but when the opportunity comes… YOU HAVE TO SEIZE IT! and don’t let go of that slippery fucker until your mission is completed. This opportunity did not just fall in my lap by sitting there, no I stayed up late nights, working on my website, editing and taking photos, reading, learning, growing all for this single moment… and the universe replied with a “that’ll do lad” and gave this dog a bone and this dog is hungry.

Thanks for tuning in VVOLFWOOD pack, I’ll see you on the other side.

love and respect,
OJW.

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create more

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On the right path

Hi,

OJW here – I signed in today to ask you, are you on the right path? are you heading where you want to be in life? is your journey here helping you grow and challenge yourself and experience all you want to experience whilst here on your journey?

most people will say yes, and that’s great! (as long as you are not lying to yourself) but if you’re someone who is thinking “no, I am not” then I’m here to say – what’s stopping you kid?

And please, don’t make excuses while you’re here. Don’t fucking sit there and tell yourself its someone else’s fault or you have no money or you are this and that… look, a tree can’t be anything but a tree and a dog can’t be anything but a dog but as humans with have unlimited potential, so – please do yourself a favour and don’t sell yourself short and don’t make shitty excuses as to why you’re not trying to be a better person each and every day and if not for you, then do it for your family, do it for your kids or your spouse or your friends or you cat I don’t care… at first its going to be really hard, now you might think I am joking haha oh boy you’re in for a surprise. I’m here to tell you, that you can be somebody but it’s going to take hard consistent work to change your life but if anyone can do it, why not you?

now there are going to be people trying to put you down and these people will be some of the people that are closest to you, now these people do this because you remind them of what they could’ve become if they didn’t give up because it’s easy to be average, it is easy to sit on the couch and point the finger and make excuses for the fact that you are not who you want to be in life or what job you want or how you want to look or who you want to be with or what you want to see… so.. I’m here to say, I believe in you because you have something great within you, you just don’t see it yet.
thanks for reading, stay strong, stay humble.

with respect and love,

OJW.

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paths less travelled

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manhood

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trooper

love…

Love what you do,
Love who you are,
Love your partner, your friends.

Stay humble, Stay strong… and never give up.

regards – OJW.

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URBND3CAY

I have a vision

It’s my vision, it’s my way. I want to be focused, I want to be focused on my vision. not on a fucking wish list, I want to have ten pounds more muscle, a nice car, I want to win the show,  I want the money… this is a fucking wish list but I have a vision, a vision has a gravity pull, it makes you wake up every morning and makes you say “I am going to be this” and it pulls me, a wish list is based on will power and will power never lasts without a vision because that vision is going to pull you. It’s my solitude, a lot of people are scared of solitude – they’re scared of being alone because they don’t know what to do with themselves, they don’t know what excites them – so they’re scared – Artemius Dolgin

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humble

Why I take pride in being humble;

I wanted to talk about why I like to finish my posts with “stay humble” or “love and strength” and frustratingly indulgent niceties and the like, it’s because even though I don’t have following (yet) I want to show everyone the importance of positive impact you can have on other people, even for just a moment. A few simple words can put a complicated mind at ease sometimes, for me changing the lives of others is the most important thing for me in life… not money, cars and a nice big house (those are rewards in my opinion although not success) so what is success? what does it ultimately entail for people like myself – and hopefully my viewers too – for me it is the magnitude of positive impact you have on the world, whether its the environment, your cause or just on the people around you in every day life, such as family, friends, co-workers and even people you may dislike or not care for.

so what is success for you? and when was the last time you remember having a positive effect on something or someone? -whether you loved them or not.

Change is not necessary, but evolution cannot be fought. So… why should you want to change and want to help others transition with you? because strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up.

Stay humble, stay strong and be better than you were yesterday… also stay safe, but don’t pussyfoot it either haha.

 

With respect,
OJW.

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