Each of us is born with talents, and regardless of what they may be, it is important to let our music out. Our music is how we resonate with the world around us. It is the gift that we can give to others. To help make this spinning orb a little bit better. Even if only for a fleeting moment or two.
Eventually the road here ends for all of us… and it begs the question… How would we live our final day if the road ended today? This premise is interesting from both philosophical and practical perspectives.
Even at my advancing age, one of life’s lessons that continually appears is the relationship between expectations and disillusionment. This life lesson is evident all around us. As photographers the most common example of this are the expectations we have of our camera equipment.
Over the past few months a number of readers have contacted me, asking for suggestions and ideas on becoming a better photographer. Some have enquired about specific genres of photography. Others have had questions about what it takes to become a ‘professional’. This article discusses a few factors that can impact becoming a better photographer. This is not an all-encompassing list, and the issues covered are in no particular order.
It is interesting how we experience ‘being alone’. In the physical extreme some folks live as hermits, virtually cut off from the outside world. Others of us have a deep, internal fear of being alone and crave constant interaction with others. Many of us fall somewhere between these two extremes in terms of our desire to be in the physical presence of others.
Over the years I’ve wondered how much potential harm we do ourselves when we focus on ‘chasing likes’ from others around us. How important is it that people like what we create and approve of it?
It was 20 years ago today that I got downsized from my corporate marketing job, and began the rest of my life. Many of us have gone through this type of journey. And, many of us are facing challenges in our lives right now.
If nothing else, the COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed the interconnectedness of humankind. Regardless of how independent we may perceive ourselves to be… we all share space on this planet. We all have an obligation to each other as our individual actions impact everyone and everything around us.
A new life begins in its own unique way. Celebrations ensue, and congratulations are heartily extended. The obligations we have are paramount. So too are the commitments to which we hold ourselves accountable.
As a species we have a horrific history of inhumanity. For over 3,400 years of our recorded past, humankind has been embroiled in war and conflict almost non-stop. Some of us pause for a moment every year to remember. We live most days forgetting our obligations to the fallen.