As we continue on this Water Gallery journey, we are learning so much about different people and perspectives. As Water Gallery founders, we came into launching our business already ocean lovers, art appreciators, and environmental advocates, but we never dreamed we'd learn so much from all of you-- and there's been so much to learn.
Now, almost a year into Water Gallery's "life," we realize more than ever the importance of these differing perspectives when it comes to real progress and change, both for our business plan and for protecting the natural world. We have learned through our communication with our customers and social media followers that we all love the ocean and nature from different perspectives. We all love Mother Earth from our own experiences.
Whether you're pro-Sea World, anti-Sea World; a diver or a surfer; an artist or a fisherman; a whale watcher or someone who wants to simply walk on the sand...we all deeply care about nature and about our world's oceans. It's ok that we're not all coming from exactly the same viewpoint-- it's our differences that truly help open our minds and broaden our outlook. And that has made a huge impact on us as small business owners trying to grow our Water Gallery brand. We welcome and embrace these differing perspectives and we truly wouldn't grow without them.
Through our blog, we attempt to address many different topics that interest us and inspire us.
We've blogged about captivity.
We've blogged about magical births of endangered species in zoos and we've blogged about the tragic loss of some endangered animals.
We've blogged about environmental concerns that sometimes keep us up at night.
We've blogged about fun afternoons at our local aquarium. We've blogged about our travel experiences.
We've blogged about natural phenomena like the "Hawaiian Painted Trees."
We've blogged about our experiences meeting and talking to people at beach festivals.
We've blogged about swing top glass water bottles and "art through water."
We've blogged about artists.
We've even blogged about food we love or other products we think are cool.
Our stance is balance, variety, awareness, responsibility, and embracing life. We want to see it all, learn it all, and gain varying perspectives. We want to hear different voices. We started Water Gallery thinking that there was just one group of people called "Wyland fans." Or one group of people called "ocean lovers." We never realized how varied and nuanced each and every one of you are, with such individual experiences and perspectives. And that has helped us gain such valuable knowledge as we grow our business.
The bottom line is, no matter why you care about the ocean or want to help the planet, this is our shared journey. At Water Gallery, we want to appeal to everyone who cares, in his or her own way-- simple as that. It doesn't matter WHY you love the ocean or art or nature...it's just that you do. We applaud you each one of you and we want to connect with you. We want to shake your hand and say thank you for your support. And tell you to keep doing what you're doing. Whether your appreciation for our world's oceans and Mother Earth is simply because you love to watch a dolphin leap above the sea or whether you feel strongly about environmental issues such as water conservation, we embrace you all. We're all in this together!