Curiosity Freed with Brooke Shaden
MAY 22 2018 - Meet Brooke! Brooke Shaden is a fine-art photographer, writer and philanthropist. She is wildly passionate about everything she does, and lives her life accordingly. In addition to her thriving photography business, Brooke runs a blog and Youtube channel dedicated to helping other creatives find and live their passion, aptly called Promoting Passion. Brooke also founded The Light Space, a photography school for survivors of human trafficking in India and Thailand.
why do you do what you do?
I grew up with a lot of fear in my life and that never went away, even to this day. The one thing that helps is to take control over my imagination and bend it to my will, to create what I see in my mind and to make up a world that feels more alive. Whether it is photography, writing, or something else entirely, I want to get lost in a rich world of imagination and wonder. My images and writing naturally flow from that place.
what's one thing you hope never changes?
My curiosity. No matter what circumstance I find myself in, no matter what characters inhabit my life or where I find myself, I want to remain curious - about the world, about myself, and about what doesn't yet exist.
when do you feel most alive?
When I am doing something uncomfortable, which is thankfully my forte. I find myself, regularly, jumping in freezing water, getting lost, doing something that scares me, and more. Since I have so many unfounded fears, I feel alive when I face them.
what are you really good at, but kind of embarrassed that you're so good at it?
Eating. I can eat more than just about anyone I know. It always shocks people.
what's the hardest lesson you've had to learn?
That competition is what makes my life miserable. Years ago I decided not to see anyone as competition and as a result, I was able to find a kind of peace I didn't think I would ever have, and a peace of mind that I am acting in the most loving way toward my peers. I'm definitely not perfect at it, but I really do try.
what's the title of the current chapter of your life?
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