“There is something you’ve always wanted to build. There is a person you’ve always wanted to be. No one will give it to you. You will have to fight for it. With both fists at the ready. Life is short, and grows shorter still. Ante Up, my friend.”
“It’s important to dress well when you travel. Don’t wear sweatpants. My parents always told me that when I travel I represent where I’m from so it’s important to represent that place well. That’s why I get dressed up whenever I travel, so maybe you’ll wonder where I’m going and where I’m coming from.”
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Some of us know a hunger that most desks won’t satiate. Some of us have lived up to expectations and found the status quo lacking. The doors will creak open for everyone at some point or the other. Some of us will barrel through with fists clenched, while the others stand idly by. Waiting for something to happen. Opting always to play it safe. Living subtly, but never sleeping soundly. Unremarkable and easily forgotten. There are those of us who strive for better. We are the marvelous in mediocre times.
Photography: Rashid Zakat.