First I want to say thank you to all the hard-working men and women out there that make the day to day possible! It is impossible to list the professions much less all the people to thank so here is a BIG OLE THANK YOU across the board to you all.
Please keep in mind the following is primarily opinion with a little fact sprinkled in for fun!
This day created by the labor movement in the 19th century and made a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day has become just another three day weekend for cookouts and last of the season getaways. Labor Day is meant to pay respect, not to the corner office executives and their underlings or even the middle-level directors and managers. But to the men and women that I would call the ones with boots on the ground, the infantry if you will of the working class.
I came from a solid middle to lower-middle-class family a real working-class family I believe. My education now aside, I learned far more from life experiences that I did in college at least on how to survive. I am proud of where I came from, and I have worked incredibly hard to have the life I have and to be considered " well off" in my community. I do not like this, nor do I feel I fit in where I am, but it is the classification those around me have given me and well society and our current world we live. I was raised not to see class, Skin color, education, and job or job title as anything that defines a person. But I have fallen short in their upbringing like I am sure many have and I try daily to set that compass and be a better person and see people for who they are not what they do or how much a person makes or the house they live in and the car they drive.
Now for the part that has me excited. I have been very blessed in my chosen career and the ability to make a living and a good one as a commercial photographer. This is an all too rare possibility in photography in this day and age. All the hard work aside, I am blessed with work and most important a career I enjoy, learn from and work that keeps me grounded.
The last few years, I have had two clients in particular that have been good to me in every way imaginable. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership VEDP and Cole Publishing, are regular clients that pay well but what they do most is provide me assignments I love to cover. I get to go out and meet and work with the people that have boots on the ground and make the world go around as they say. The real people that are creating, building, fixing, and inventing things, from the super high tech to the tech of the 19th century that still works today. From the computer and board room to the farmer's fields and construction sites. Projects that allow me to meet amazing people and learn what they do maybe learn a little about them and their lives. These assignments ground me and remind me of my humble origins! We live in an amazing country in an amazing time. In 2019 if you are willing and able to overcome the obstacles in front of you, then you truly can do most anything and become anythin