Leibovitz runs in high-society circles, has wealthy friends, and owns multiple properties totaling in the millions. Everyone is clamoring for Leibovitz, for her talents, for the bragging rights of working with her. And yet, in 2009, Annie Leibovitz was struck by something that affects more than 160-million Americans: Debt.
I distinctly remember reading a piece on Leibovitz in 2010 where she was quoted as saying that having debt is one of the most highly-distracting social issues she'd dealt with. I would have to agree.
Annie Leibovitz and I have more in common than our mutual opinion and experience regarding debt. We come from very similar ancestral backgrounds as third-generation Americans with cultural ties to Eastern Europe. We're both fans of Susan Sontag. We both paint, write, have lived in San Francisco and New York. We're both mothers. We're both artists. And we both live our lives fully.
Though my photography of iconic city architecture has never graced the cover a magazine, and I've never met the Obamas, we do run in similar circles. Leibovitz and I even resemble each other to a certain degree. The biggest difference between us is the 21-year head start Leibovitz had here on Earth. Despite the time discrepancy, if Leibovitz and I sat down for coffee, we would have a lot to talk about, to relate to.
In a way, I wish I could sit across from Annie Leibovitz. Not to talk about our mutual life-experiences. But to get her take on #Love. And, #Peace.
What would you say about those two seemingly elusive subjects, Ms. Leibovitz? Because I believe, whatever you have to say, it will be the truth. Like how your portraits convey the truth of their subjects.
Yesterday, I sat down to write about how #Love influences #Peace. But #Love also causes war. We make life-decisions based on #Love, take what we think will be safe-risks. #Love seduces us into thinking there is such a thing as safe-risks. There isn't. True #Love is entirely dangerous. It's rare, but when found, is quite wonderful. But in the 21st century, or any century where humans have been involved, is #Love enough?
#Love does not pay the rent. Chemistry may build bridges, but to where? Without a home, #Love cannot exist. And money is needed for that. It's important to have the "money talk" when it comes to #Love. But be prepared: A person in #Love will likely say anything a la John Cusack to keep the relationship going.
Approaching money emotionally leads to debt. But being too strict with your cash by keeping emotion out can make you a miser the likes of which even Dickens would consider Scrooge-like. Compromised people are vulnerable people. When you are not forthcoming about your finances, no matter how crazy you may be about his eyes, or her ____ (fill in the blank with your favorite attribute), you're putting not just that person at risk--but your very #Love, too.
Think about how #Love evolves...it's not exactly something that cements over bread and water. Usually, there are dinners, movies, weekends away, vacations, flowers, gifts--all the things that help grow #Love. And, ALL things that require money.
Money is not known as a #Peace maker, or, a #Love maker. It's a loaded gun, pointed directly at the heart. Rich or poor is not the issue. Honesty is. The truth. Annie Leibovitz knows about the truth, honesty. She knows about what money can and cannot do. She knows #Love. And I'll bet she's even known #Peace at least once in her lifetime.
It's too bad Annie Leibovitz isn't vying for a Presidential candidacy. Because anyone who knows as much as Annie Leibovitz about life, has my vote. And yours, too, I'd wager.