Like many in New York City, 42-year-old Chris Lowell has a stressful life with a long work commute, dead-end job, and strained family relationships, but he finds enormous peace and tranquility by gazing at imprisoned sea animals in a glass tank in his living room.
"It's so restorative," said Chris, who likes to plant himself in front of the glass aquarium the moment he gets home from work, and decompress by watching the fishes swim aimlessly around and around the transparent perimeter, with nowhere to explore or arrive. "It's like a meditation to me - very spiritual. I feel a real kinship with them."
And for Chris, this kinship with his marine friends runs deep. He explained that when he stares into the eyes of the captive fishes, he feels great empathy for their situation, as he, too, is getting nowhere in life, not due to any shortcoming whatsoever on his part, but solely due to forces beyond his control.
"It's just life," said Chris. "We're all in this together."
Chris hasn't given up on his big dreams entirely, though; his interest in marine animals has prompted him to plan a trip to Sea World, in Florida, which he expects will truly inspire him to take his life to the next level.
"Success is all about mindset," said Chris. "Expanding your tank, so to speak. I'm thinking bigger and bigger."