Telling your mother that you plan on selling your stuff to travel the world will make her worry. It might sound normal nowadays for a twenty-something to take such a leap but for our parents’ generation, this is a scary move. They are going to wonder.
More than that, they are going to ask questions. Ones like, how the hell are you going to support yourself? Where are you going to stay? Who will you be with? Ah, mother, we’re in the digital age. We can make money from an Instagram shot. Yep.
Jonathan Kubben Quiñonez is not the first person to sell all of his possessions to travel the world. He is the first person, however, to think of his poor mother who, like all mothers, worries about her son. So what does this man do to reassure her he’s doing good? Well, he could have called her every day but that’s not Instagram-worthy, so he has chosen to feature a sign with the words ‘Mom, I’m Fine’ in almost all of his pictures.
Here he is in the Inle Lake in Myanmar. As you can see, the sign is front and center, casually positioned in a perfect symmetry at the center of the shot. Jonathan is also accompanied by two men who are casually standing on their fishing boats. Very casually, yes.
In Hoi An, Jonathan looks more than fine. His sign even got an upgrade here with 'Mom I'm fine' printed on Chinese lanterns. He even took the time to spread some love in this post with the #MakeLoveNotWalls hashtag.
Jonathan’s shots feature a number of fun animals. Here’s a camel who seems to have a solid sense of confidence with that side smile. This camel looks like he’s saying, ‘Mom I’m fine,’ to his own mother.
If his mother is a Christian then Jonathan is scoring major points for this one. He's turned this famous Brazil landmark into a great Instagram shot. Even Christ is winking to his mother that he’s alright.
There's dedication and then there's acting crazy. Well, at least this is what it looks like for a person who is terrified of heights! I wonder if his mother believed him on this one, I mean, this sign is upside down.
This might be his boldest shot yet but he still got it. This guy hasn't missed a beat with the sign, writing it on his hands and showing that smile despite the prospect of falling speedily down to possibly death. His mother may want to look away on this one.
Clearly, Jonathan is fine. Look at him, soaking up another breath-taking view. And thanks to a mother who cares and worries, things look like they will continue to be fine for this relatable and positive guy.