By Mohan Karulkar:
Stock photos are designed to take up space. They typically convey one idea. Or maybe zero ideas. But they’re definitely not nuanced or multi-faceted. You use them when you need something, but you assume no one is going to look very closely.
Here are a few stock photos, and the ideas they convey. Note how uncomfortable they make you feel.
Ok I lied; these pictures make no sense. But they’re real, and a company is hoping you’ll buy them someday. Maybe use them on a package of frozen corn or something.
But you and I both know that no one is ever going to buy those images. They defy logic (except maybe the intense toothbrush girl), and I can’t think of any context where they belong, except in a post about crazy stock images.
So just remember: no matter how much it seems like life makes no sense, it’ll never be as crazy as those pictures. You were created with a purpose, and your struggle contains lessons for you and those around you. Your second chance is just around the corner, and is waiting for you to grab it.
You are not a stock photo. You are a person, and one day, your story will make perfect sense.