With more than 7 billion others on Earth, we still have a deep connection with each other in one way or another. Although individuals carry different beliefs, we collectively have a universal idea of the meaning of life. The 7 Billion Others project does an incredible job of giving us a global, profound insight of our unifying similarities and the principle differences that urge us to make a difference.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand partnered with Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire to illustrate the unity on Earth and the actions we need to take to further work towards harmony. The project consists of 6,000 filmed interviews in 84 countries in which people are asked about their views, including hopes, dreams, and fears. In his editorial, Arthus-Bertrand shares his personal mission to give via the purpose of the 7 Billion Others project:
"For in struggles to come, whether it is the struggle against poverty or climate change, we cannot act on our own. The times in which one could think only of oneself or of one’s own small community are over. From now on, we cannot ignore what it is that links us and the responsibilities that this implies.
There are more than seven billion of us on Earth, and there will be no sustainable development if we cannot manage to live together. That is why 7 Billion Others is so important to me. I believe in it because it concerns all of us and because it encourages us to take action. I hope that each one of us will want to reach out and make these encounters, to listen to other people and to contribute to the life of 7 Billion Others by adding our own experiences and expressing our desire to live together."
The philanthropic photographer demonstrates that with enlightenment, drive, and action, we can make a difference. He manifests in SOLO's mantra that one idea, one action, one person can change the world. Among the tender film topics are happiness, differences, making love last, and the meaning of life.
When it comes down to it, we are all in pursuit of happiness - to find a state beyond contentment, a state that's full of love and laughter, a state of bliss. A lady from Romania describes happiness as "to feel good in your own skin" and expresses that she will obtain happiness once she feels self-love. She demonstrates that we all have our insecurities that contributes to feeling unsatisfied with life, but she also shows us that we each have the ability to uplift each other. A man from Cuba expresses how "No one on Earth knows total happiness," and maybe he's right because we all have our triumphs and defeats. However, we can still create a joyful journey. Throughout the interviews of asking the simple question, "What is happiness?" human beings around the world describe happiness as satisfaction in life - whether it's for the moment, for the day, or for eternity.
Many of the 7 billion others on Earth, unfortunately, feel as if they do not know what happiness is due to the fact that it is hard to achieve the fundamentals of life, such as putting food on the table for their family or funding an education for their children. Each film clenches your heart, tugging on its strings to care, to act, and to believe you can make a difference. Yann Arthus-Bertrand does an exceptional job of making you want to flourish the world with positivity and extend a simple helping hand.
SOLO Eyewear encourages you to learn more about the 7 Billion Others project and explore the world through the visions of human souls that are just like you. Most importantly, we encourage you to fulfill your personal Mission to Give.
There are some beautiful things we see in daily life where we simply take a moment to appreciate the significance of it all. What we fail to realize is that there are many people all around the world who unfortunately, cannot clearly view the beauty we see. SOLO Eyewear strives to give people a chance to see the views and beautiful moments that most of us get to see every day.
Here are a few things that we are beyond grateful to see:
1. The Sky
There is something powerful about the sky. How it can so subtly set the tone of each hour of the day.
The way the sun rises to give the day a new light, new beginnings, new opportunities. The way the white clouds appear against the bright blue sky creates such a mystery, and you wonder - what else is out there?
The way the sun sets so peacefully against the horizon with a different background every night - from cotton candy skies consisting of cool, calming colors to whimsical watercolor pastels to the classic, picturesque sunset.
The way the stars glisten in the midnight sky, empowered by the moon, and somehow you get lost in your own galaxy. You reflect on the lessons you've learned and the things you still wish to learn. You simply dream of the person you want to be in the universe and what impact you desire to make.
The sky has the power of setting your mood. It's a power not all of us recognize, but it's a power we must be enlightened by.
2. The Ocean
Living in San Diego, we may be a little biased. However, if you have been able to grace one of the five oceans of the world, I am sure you agree; and if you have not, you must admit you've dreamt of it.
The ocean allows us to feel a sense of tranquility. Serenity comes when the waves kiss the shore, and it's almost as if you can hear the water roaring towards relaxation.
For many of us that live along the coast, the ocean is our getaway. When we want to feel at peace, a visit to the ocean is always the answer. When we feel like the pressure of the world is weighing upon us, the waves are there to lift it right off of us into the depths of the sea. The ocean has a way of making us feel like everything is going to be okay. It's a reminder to trust our journey because a true sailor navigates his way without a fear in the world.
3. Last but not least, LOVE.
Love is a beautiful feeling, and it comes in all forms.
The love for your passion in life - whether it's art, music, fashion, science, culture, athletics, etc. It's beautiful to see people pour their hearts and souls into the things they love. They have something that fuels their ambition, something that fuels a life worth living. And the fuel you witness can fuel something in you.
The love for adventure - a time to reflect. Adventure is a time to reflect on the person you were, the person you are, and the person you want to be. It allows you to be proud of how far you've come and look forward to the rest of your journey.
The love for your loved ones - your family, your friends, your significant other. Being able to see your loved ones' faces is a privilege no one should ever take for granted. The expression on your mother's face in times of endearment. The expression on you father's face when he's proud of you. The expressions your friends make when laughing ridiculously at your jokes. The expression your significant other makes when he or she realizes you're the one. Seeing the ones you love happy sparks a happiness in you.
It's not just about the physical aspect of what's visible to the eyes, but it's rather about feeling the beauty of life that's triggered by seeing the things that inspire us, the things we adore, and most importantly, the people we hold so dear to our hearts.
So take a moment, and show gratitude for the beautiful things you are able to see and thus feel.
Our mantra is one idea, one person, one action can change the world. We believe that we each have a purpose in this world, and through our purposes, we impact the history of humanity. You may think, "History? No no no...I'm not a part of history." Ahhh, but yes you are.
Each small action makes a difference: holding the door open for someone behind you, picking up that piece of trash you didn't carelessly drop on the ground, telling that stranger he looks good today. The positive energy you put into the universe reflects on this earth. With more than 7 billion people on Earth, each human being can make positive choices so we can see the change we wish to see in this world.
We believe in a world where every kind thought, every kind action goes a long way - where people believe that kindness is virtue. Where kindness grows and becomes the central topic of news. Where people believe in helping others, even strangers. We believe in a world of mindfulness. Where people are aware of the good and the bad they do. And we hope that people realize that every choice they make affects this earth. We believe that the foundation of life relies on the conscious effort of making good choices, so that every living species can live in peace and harmony. We believe in the saying that “Happiness never decreases from being shared,” because as Buddha mentioned, “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” At SOLO Eyewear, we aim to make a difference, one smile at a time.
We’re in this world together so we should work together to make it the best it can be. The actions you take show what kind of world you want so say yes to kindness, peace, and love. Your decisions today can create a better tomorrow.
SOLO - one idea. one person. one action can change the world.
Here’s the thing about life: it’s full of wonder…so wander. Curiosity is one of the best qualities in a human being. It’s a quality that allows personal growth, mentally and spiritually.
Last year, I took my wanderlust to a whole new level – exploring ten countries, going on adventure after adventure. My friends and I would spontaneously book trips and seek to discover the world. We witnessed unbelievable architecture in Budapest, hiked along the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and were inspired by the chicest streetwear in Milan.
While living in Milan, I would convince my friends to hop on the metro with me and randomly pick a number between 1 and 10 to determine which stop to get off at. Then, we would simply explore that neighborhood; and each moment of spontaneity felt fulfilling. I often solo-adventured like this while abroad, and I apply the same concept here when driving on the freeway. I’m very fortunate and grateful for the experiences I have had abroad, but adventure is always right outside your door. You just have to go out and find it.
And if I’m speaking with candor, some of the best adventures are the ones enjoyed in solitude. During the end of my experience, I took the train to Cinque Terre, Italy in which beholds five beautiful, intimate towns along the Italian coast. From hiking day and night to sleeping on the beach beneath the stars, I started to reflect how much I learned during the most five incredible months of my life to date.
Within exploring the world and exploring life, I lost and found myself all over again. I met strangers who shared their stories and was enlightened by each and every one’s lust for life. It’s crucial to not live to merely exist, but to live life full of passion and zeal. We cross paths with people for a reason, and these strangers made me love adventure that much more. You’ll discover the most stunning scenic views that will make you radiate the most gigantic smile and meet people who will touch your heart and soul. We live in a beautiful world with beautiful people, and adventures will open your eyes and mind to this idea that some may claim foreign.
Now get lost.
In honor of Mother's Day, SOLO Eyewear team members were asked a few questions about the special ladies in their lives.
Jenny Amaraneni, CEO & Co-Founder
Favorite Memory with my mom: It’s hard to pick one. My mom can make me laugh until I cry. It doesn't matter if we're laying in bed watching a movie or driving to the store. She gets in these funny moods, starts cracking jokes and breaks out into different characters. You have to be there! It's hilarious. I laugh until I cry and I start wheezing.
What I admire about my mom: I've always admired my mom's love for our environment. I grew up on the bayou in Louisiana. We didn't have recycling services yet my mom always encouraged us to recycle. She'd drive to town to bring all of our recyclables to the recycling center. She made compost piles out of leftover food and would use it for gardening. She encouraged us to donate our things to Goodwill every month practically. She's incredibly creative too. I love those things about her and I'm grateful she instilled such great values in me.
Dana Holliday, CCO & Co-Founder
What do you most admire about your mom?
I admire many traits in my mom. She inspired so much of my career and general life direction with her independence, entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, creativity, adventurousness, I could go on forever... But more than anything, I admire her compassion and altruism. My mom has such a kind heart and will to help others and put their needs before her own.
What is your favorite memory with your mom/aunt/grandma/best friend/etc?
She always brings the fun with her wherever she goes. One recent memory that really stands out was last summer. I had foot surgery and was completely incapacitated. Per usual, my mother was the world’s greatest nurse and helped me during my recovery period with amazing “mom food”, good company, and of course, some fun in the sun. As pictured, she dragged me out into the pool against my will on an inflatable pool chair, turned on some music and swam around with me for the afternoon. It was such a refreshing change of pace, exactly what I needed –I guess it’s true, mother always knows best.
Laura Hart, Social Media Intern
My favorite memory(s) with my mom are when my mom used to drive me to school and we would sing together to the radio, she had an amazing voice.
What I admired most about my mom:
Her unwavering strength. She was such an inspiration to anyone who knew her. I hope to be half the mom she was when I get older.
Brian Hagerty, Online Communications Manager
One of my favorite memories is playing golf with my mom and my brother. Spending the time on the golf course always seems to bring us together. We may not be the greatest but we always manage to have an incredible time!
Something I incredibly admire about my mother is her drive to succeed! She has faced a lot of adversity during her life but has always managed to keep pushing forward and doing the right thing.
Emily DeNoble, Marketing Intern
What do you admire most about your mom?
My mom is such a strong person, inside and out. She does not give up when told that she can't do something. I've always tried to replicate this quality. At the same time, she is extremely caring and has always wanted the best for my sisters and me. Her resilience and compassion are traits I have always admired.
What is your favorite memory with your mom?
We recently went on a trip to San Francisco together. After walking around Ghirardelli Square, as pictured below, she insisted on taking a historic cable car back to the BART, rather than walking. Although we had to wait in line for over an hour, I realized she was right- riding the cable car is such an exhilarating experience! I'm glad I was able to share it with my mom.
Jerry Barajas, Marketing Intern
The thing that I admire is the fact that she leads by example. My mom has always inspired me to keep going. No matter what she is faced with she has showed me that everything will work hard as long as you put in the time and dedication.
My favorite memory with my mom is the family vacation we took to Acapulco, Mexico. My mom is the reason that I love to travel. Every since I was little we have always been taking road trips to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Laughlin. To this day I truly believe that traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you a better person.
Today marks World Sight Day which is a global initiative providing an opportunity to raise awareness of the causes of blindness, vision impairment, and the preventative measures.
This internationally recognized day falls on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This day is especially important to SOLO Eyewear because this is what we are working towards every day. Eye care has become a more relevant issue with organizations shedding light on key messages such as 80% of all visual impairment is avoidable and approximately 1 billion people do not have access to eye care. These alarming statistics have motivated people to enact change, which is what we are doing at SOLO Eyewear with our Vision To Give. Each purchase of SOLO sunglasses funds eye care for people in need with prescription eyeglasses or cataract surgeries. Visit http://www.iapb.org/wsd13 for more information on World Sight Day.
What will you do for World Sight Day? Let us know in the comment section below or on Twitter!