Sunday, June 25, 2006

Because I Can

I don’t know why but there was an interview on a British television station that I can’t get out of my mind. This might not seem like a big deal, but the interview occurred over three years ago. A British anchor person interviewed Monica Lewinsky in regard to the allegations brought against her in American courts and the possibility of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. When asked why President Clinton would jeopardize his career and engage in certain acts, Lewinsky responded, “Because he can.”

After all these years, that statement has yet to leave my mind. Because he can. I supposed I’m dumbfounded by the amount of power one person can wield and the lengths he will go to protect it.

I started thinking about the power I possess. Things I can say “Because I can” about. I became frustrated because I realized there aren’t too many elements in my life that I can make reference to as being ‘can’ properties.

Why are you opening the pickle jar that way?
Because I can.

Why do you leave the faucet running when brushing your teeth?
Because I can.

Why are you setting the alarm clock so early?
Because I can.

I started to realize that I do not possess power in things that matter. If opening jars, running water, and setting clocks are indicative of my potential, I’m in trouble.

So I made a decision. Well, you know, because I can. I decided that in order for me to achieve what I desire in photography—to get to where I want to be—I need to make decisions that matter. In lieu of this, I met with a couple people last week and decided that I’m ready for a website…and a logo…and business cards…and marketing material. It’ll be simple, but it’s a start.

And when asked why I’m doing things this way, I’ll respond by saying: “Because I can.”


Blogger c r y s t a l said...

That is very exciting news, Jasmine! What a smart move - and it's about time, too! haha!

I am so super proud of you, girl!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

Ham, I'm so proud of you! If you're lucky I'll let you shoot my wedding ... because you can : )

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Stephens said...

It's crazy to think about the power we have as individuals. So much more than we imagine. The amazing thing is that most people don't do anything with their potential. They don't go out and get a website for themselves. They don't, in fact, do anything that makes a difference. Best of luck on future steps.

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have similar goals Jasmine. I can too. You are an inspiration.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Ana Telma said...

Hi Jasmine!
I don't know if you even receive and read the comments on your old blog. But i've decided i wanna comment here (just because i can :) )
I watched your course at Creative Live (in fact, i'm still watching) and i thought that it was funny that sometimes you just say "i'm doing this stuff just because i can..." I couldn't understand it exactly but it was ok.
I follow your blog daily and i just love your work and the way you kinda teach us, through the FAQ and other stuff.
Then, at one point i decided i'd like to read your whole history, your entire old blog, to know where did you came from to get to who you are now.
And so i'm here now. And i just realized where did the "because i can" came from. :) That's just so nice. :)
I've been learning so much from you. Thank you so much.

Kisses from Brazil,
Ana Telma

PS: And look at the comment your sister just did right here... Ooowwwnnnn... you just DID shot her wedding!!!! Just because you can!

6:39 PM  

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