Some of these thoughts were inspired from a post I read here: Seth Godin’s “What Matters Now”
“We’re all divinely human.
Until Fear is gone, (and realize he may never completely leave)
make the decision to be courageous.
The world needs your story in order to be complete”
Each of us have our story. I love being reminded of that – in view of my own life and my aspirations as a photographer. It’s easy to get weighed down by the things around us. It’s easy to get stuck in that rut of comparison. But doing our own thing requires us to be courageous in the face of fear. This applies to our decisions and our dreams. This has been a big year for me in that sense. I’ve been courageous in the face of a few big fears. One major thing I’ll be sharing soon…and the other was taking this step into full-time photography. It’s been hard. I’ve wanted to give up. Below is a quote that has encouraged me; inspired me to keep going. Although I do feel that God has given me this passion, this way of seeing, which will hopefully lead to a successful career in photography, I’m often feeling disappointed in my own work. I’m not saying this to get sympathy or to fish for compliments…but I am saying it because maybe it will encourage some others to KEEP GOING. (And maybe, one day when I feel like giving up again, I can look back and remind myself to do the same).
Ira Glass captures this idea so well and I won’t ruin it with too many of my own words….Just read this:
“We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have…the most important thing you can do is DO A LOT OF WORK….
IT’S GONNA TAKE AWHILE”.
Ah, thank you Ira. Lately I’ve been feeling the worldly pressure of needing to bring in more money. Feeling like I need to be busier with work and thinking twice about my decision to quit my full-time job and pursue photography. It’s been hard. I’m so grateful to Dan for supporting me and allowing me to do this…but it is still hard! I felt like I brought this decision before God and asked Him to bless it. I believe He has, but maybe not in the way I was thinking, and I’m trying to keep trusting. I’m trying to keep doing A LOT OF WORK (even if it’s un-paid), and trust that this path is right. For any of you who are in the same place, I’d love to hear your thoughts! And for anyone who wants to know about my “killer taste” 😉 here are some of my favorite artists whom I admire and see that “special thing” in their work. You can also stop by my PINTEREST page and see what I like.
and many more…
Until then, I’ll keep fighting my way through.