Always See the World Through Youthful Eyes
“You’re never too old to experience youthful imagination and wonder.” – Michael Stagg
Yes, today’s quote is something I’ve had in my head all of this past week. Ever notice how, no matter what’s going on, a child seems to remain ever optimistic and hopeful? Some of us, as we get older, tend to let go of that ability to believe in the abundance of the Universe and its willingness to supply us with our every desire. Perhaps it is because we are conditioned to “grow up” and live in “reality” instead of so-called pipe dreaming.
My own experiences come to mind, especially when it comes to photographer. I was in grammar school when I first learned about the wonders of camera and lens and although I am just now able to pursue that dream I’ve always held on to it regardless of what people thought. So I submit to you that if photography (or painting, or racing or any other pursuit) is something you’ve always wanted to do then run, don’t walk to the nearest camera or electronics shop – our your Smartphone, it doesn’t matter – and pick up a camera and start shooting! I can all but guarantee that you’ll reignite the passion you felt just like I was able to. 🙂
“Battlestar Galactica” Poster by Mika Ruottinen
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger…for the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief’s we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford
Short and sweet (because I’ve been up all night working on projects and watching Battlestar Galactica…Mostly watching Battlestar Galactica), what we consider mistakes are, in reality, our greatest teachers. As a budding photographer I admit to making plenty but I do not allow those mistakes to hinder me or deter me from pursuing my passion. On the contrary, when I make photos and the results are not what I expected I don’t give up, I don’t blame others and and I don’t blame my equipment. I try to, as objectively as possible, look at what I’ve done and look for reasons why I didn’t get the results I expected. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of adjusting aperture or shutter speed, other times I might need to pay better attention to lighting. Whatever the case may be, I sit, I study and then I go out and try it again. OK, I say I was going to be brief but the point is, in life or photography, we go through things. We can either learn from them or be doomed to repeat them… Kind of like the story of Battlestar Galactica, huh?! So say we all! OOPS! There goes my inner Adama again! 😉
I saw this on Facebook this past Saturday and had to share it with you.
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Life isn’t always a bed of roses they say. To put it another way, we can’t always have joyful moments. Sometimes it can feel like the people, and seemingly the places and things, around us conspire to hold us back. What we must do when things aren’t going our way is dig deep and find the strength to forge ahead – in life, in our quest to become better photographers and to become better people in general. We must become our own cheerleader. We must give ourselves permission to excel!