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Jan 05, 2022
A misty morning in the Old Fourth Ward
It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up - that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had ---Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
And here we are - another year gone by.
I went out walking early on January First in the hopes of capturing some good photos for the first day of the year.
I was a little disappointed when I started out because it was so misty, a little warm, and kinda icky. But, as I walked along, the phrase "through the mists of time" kept popping into my head and it turned my thought process around and made me feel compelled to get photos even if I didn't think the situation was "perfect."
There's that word again. Ick.
For those of us obsessives with a perfection streak, it's a battle.
I'm still working on ditching perfection and simply taking more and different photos and experimenting. It's a journey, and I'm learning to just go with what I feel and stay in the moment.
Hmmm...I know I've typed these words before! That's okay - I'll keep typing them until I don't need to anymore.
It's funny how fast time flies sometimes and then at other times, it seems to go so slowly.
This year felt slow in some places and way too fast in others.
This journey that I'm on with my business feels painfully slow because, of course, I'd like financial success NOW! Because it's tough to pay the bills sometimes.
At the same time, my passion for photography is as strong as ever, and I've enjoyed experimenting with different ways of shooting, different looks, and different editing techniques.
I can never learn enough to be satisfied with my craft but I think that's a good thing. It's important to grow.
And it's important to realize that every day is the journey and it's not about getting there at all - after all, isn't "there" kinda the end of the road? It's about what's happening right now.
I often wish there were more hours in the day but I'm already cutting it close enough. It's a rare day for me to get more than seven hours of sleep.
Seven works pretty well for me, though so I guess I'm lucky. I'm an early riser and my body wakes up by 6 a.m. almost no matter what.
The problem is on the nighttime end when I want to keep reading or watching a photo tutorial or working on a photo edit but I know I really need to shut it down.
It's harder for me to fall asleep when I get in bed if I'm on the computer or phone late into the evening.
This is the stark time of year. Not many leaves on the trees, the sky is often gray.
It's challenging for me to get out when it's cold. I find it hard to concentrate on getting a photo when I can't feel my fingers!
But - that's part of my journey too - always pushing myself outside my comfort zone to try something different or get something new.
I hope 2022 is a good year for you (and for me)!
See you between the raindrops!
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