One of my all-time favorite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:
And, isn’t that the truth?
I know a lot of people have watched my struggle to return to, and continue, my photography journey since the car accident.
Among other things, I’ve been told:
• I would never be able to hold a camera again.
• I should “be realistic” about my arm/disability and give up photography.
• I should just use my phone for photos because it’s “good enough.”
• I “deserve it” (pain) because I “cause it” by taking photos.
I’ve heard all of these negative things, and a lot more.
“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
It hasn’t been an easy journey.
In fact, it has been an all out (brutal, bloody, tear-filled) fight.
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
I know, with absolute certainty, I’m doing what I’m meant to do.
It isn’t about selling a certain number of prints, or achieving a certain price point on my photos, or having a particular level of social media followers.
It’s about creating and sharing art.
It’s about expressing myself in the way I know best … through my lens.
Photography is something I have to do.
“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”
In 2013, some pretty amazing things happened for me in the world of photography.
I feel so fortunate to be on the path I’m on.
I’ve met interesting people, made great friendships, had incredible (!!) adventures, and experienced all sorts of WONDERFUL in the last year.
In recent months, I’ve been approached about some very exciting photography opportunities for the year 2014.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
I wish I could say yes to every project that comes my way.
I’m limited because there’s only one of me and many, many, projects.
And yes, I’m limited also because I have to “manage” my arm and pain levels.
try to do this by pacing my shooting schedule.
(And surrounding myself with the very best medical folks like Paul Newman, Dr. Painless, and my orthopedic surgeon.)
As 2013 winds down, I find myself looking forward to continuing this exciting journey I’m on.
It seemed like today, December 18th, is an ideal day to tell you how much I appreciate the support my readers have given me.
I had no idea when I began blogging how much YOU would give back to me.
I can’t imagine my journey these last few years without all of you.
My journey isn’t just MY journey …
I feel like it’s OUR journey.
Today is my day to tell you thank you.
I wouldn’t be where I am without you.
“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
(All quotes in this post are from The Alchemist.)