Another fun jumping photo adventure with David Gray!
David, Miriam (my volunteer assistant for the day) and I met up at a tourist center. David was dressed impeccably in bright reds and blues and the most incredible hat to top it all off. We all hopped into Davids sparkly red jeep and drove out the massive windmills in the desert. The windmills are a sight to behold! I’m glad to see the power of the wind is helping to power Palm Springs – I love clean energy solutions.
This photo makes me smile and I am so happy that David took time out of his day to dress up, jump up and share his joy.
Read on to get to know David a little more:
Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A: Living at this time in my life which feels like one the best ever. Having been adopted at birth, I loved my adopted family and the life I was able to live; and always felt like the ‘luckiest guy in the world.’ And recently having found my birth family, I feel even luckier. Life has given me much joy.
Q. What was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A: Before showing up, I was a bit apprehensive about being able to jump. I honestly don’t go around jumping very much. However after meeting Eyoälha, she put me completely at ease. After the shoot, I felt like it was so much fun and gave me a feeling of happiness and joy.
Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A: Joy to me is a feeling of happiness and ecstacy. There are so many joyous events in life; finding love, the birth of my son, travel, and the satisfaction of serving and helping others.
Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
A: There have been many things in life to be passionate about. At this time I am passionate about Palm Springs; because there hasn’t been any other place I’ve lived that I love as much as this place.
Q: What does it mean to be part of a Coachella Valley community project that promotes joy?
A: Living in the Palm Springs area, there are so many opportunities available to enjoy life. Volunteering with the many non-profits that do so much for others, the gorgeous desert that we call home, the rich cultural activities here, restaurants and social activities that just keep getting better and better.
Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
A: If I had lots of money, there are lots of wonderful projects here I’d love to contribute to. But since I don’t, it’s been my pleasure to serve as a Trustee of the Palm Springs Public Library (an institution that I believe serves so many of our silent and underserved citizens), and currently as a Commissioner on the Measure J Oversight Commission to help steer our tax dollars toward the betterment of Palm Springs quality of life.
Originally from the Boston, Massachusetts, area, moved here with my husband of 30 years, permanently in 2007. Recently retired, I spent my professional life in public relations & marketing for health care firms, government, and for 10 years my own firm.
Thanks again for your vibrant energy and for sharing your joy David!
And… thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley. A selection of the jumping photos will be included in a paste up mural on the outside wall of the Palm Springs CUltural Center in mid April.
If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org