Link to National Geographic Article
The original picture of this girl was taken the year I was born. Because of my love of National Geographic and because of the popularity of the picture, I have seen it many many times and have speculated, more than once, on the story behind those magnificent eyes. The true story, however, and the more current photograph shake me. I find myself being haunted by those eyes, especially when I see the pictures side by side. The stunning young girl looking fiercely at life and into the future, and then . . . . the future. I don't even know how to put into words all that I can see in those eyes, all that I feel when I try to imagine the lives that people actually live. What will life make of me and of my eyes and what am I to take and do with stories such as this?