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Writing + Photography

Memoirs and musings of Darius Bashar. Toronto portrait photographer and writer, in pursuit of all things real, raw and intimate. 

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Legacy Always Starts with Trauma

We each have a gift to share with the world.

A key take-away. A purpose. Our legacy.

That gift almost always originates as a trauma.

That trauma has brought much insecurity and pain into our lives.

Some of us decided to bury our gift/trauma in a dark corner because it was too messy.

That very trauma has ALSO made us uniquely qualified to share our gift through our story.

We do not have to share our story with the world. That is our choice.

At some point we should do the math and determine if the risk is worth the reward.

Do we share our gift with the world or do we keep it to ourselves?

Bronchitis of The Soul

My heart feels congested. It also feels distant and muted. Maybe it was the flu. Maybe it was the super moon. Maybe it was something else. My morning meditations have not been the same.

My signal is full of static and interference. 

For now, I will rely on my mind and body to support me while I mend my heart antenna. 

I will go back to the basics, until the storm passes. 

  • 4am wake ups
  • Meditation everyday
  • Yoga everyday
  • Writing everyday
  • Poetry everyday
  • Exercise to create energy and sweat blockages out
  • Engage with people often
Photo by  Sam Burriss  on  Unsplash

Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash

Be Your Industry's Gord Downie

After Gord Downie's passing this fall, there was an outpouring of love and recognition for the legendary Canadian rock musician.

I remember hearing dozens of stories on the radio from other musicians who intimately knew Gord.

Gord was that guy who would always be on the side of the stage, at music festivals and concerts, dancing and cheering other bands on. It didn't matter if the band was a major headliner or if this was their first real concert. Gord would always find a way to show genuine love. 

What Can We Learn From This Beautiful Man?

Competition is an illusion that keep us apart. You don't have to believe or participate in it.

You can choose community over competition. 

What would happen to your life (and the world), if today you decided to be your industry's Gord Downie and found a way to forever be a fan. 

That's my goal with photography. I want to be the world's biggest fan. It doesn't matter who shot the photo. If it pulls at my heart, I want to cheer and dance from the sidelines. I want to lose myself in that moment and forget about silly concepts like "me" and "you".

I want to close my eyes and watch as everything collapses into just "us". just "one". just "love". 

Illustration by:  Rebecca Hendin -->

Illustration by:  Rebecca Hendin -->

Monsters, Trauma and Anonymous Voices

Why trauma? Why all this pain and guilt? Why monsters? Why me?! 

Then, without warning, a voice whispered:

Silly boy, don't you see,

I gave you darkness and pain
so you could help and heal from a place of "lived-it"

I gave you integrity 
so you would not swallow your voice, when courage didn't show up

I gave you sons and daughters
so you would always remember your actions echo for eternity

Silly boy, don't you see,

I gave you monsters 
so you could hitch them to your cart and LEAD
Where Ideas Come From

Our most important task as creative beings is to make space, so that God can flow energy through us. 

If you want to create more, you will need to let go of anything that is needlessly filling you up. Otherwise, there will be no room for greatness to flow through you. 

Letting go can feel overwhelming. It requires radical self-awareness and honesty, both of which will leave you stripped naked and exposed. 

Sure, naked can be terrifying, but it can also be one of the most liberating human experiences - if you let it.


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