I came across this quote on Rosie Hardy's blog and it perfectly sums up something I've been wanting to post about...
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
Have you ever felt so inspired by some (thing) (one) that suddenly you feel less worthy?
I have. Sometimes I have to leave my Google Reader closed because I'm too exhausted to desire the inspiration. To do what everyone else is doing. Sometimes I feel left behind, like I'm watching this amazing party bus just drive past me -- watching laughing faces from the windows.
But this is the section that I loved about that quote... "we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
We have to use our discomfort and our fear to propel us. This means.. do something.
How? Well first, ask yourself: What am I really good at?
Sit down and truly dig deep to find something you feel very confident about. Are you an absolute natural in front of kids? Amazingly consistent? Have great understanding of composition/geometry/color? Using props? Making people feel comfortable? Telling stories? Unshakable faith in God?
Pick one. Now, hold on to it.
Because we can-not-do-everything-that-everyone-else-is-doing.
I am so guilty of this. Let those that are amazing at prop photography be amazing at that. Allow those who are incredible at web design be what they are. Because in the end, anyone can have photoshop or a baby cocoon -- but they don't have you. So if we continue to waste time buying resources to make us into others, we will hardly amount to be the greatness that we can be. Strengthen who YOU are. In other words, focus on your strength -- that one that you know is truly YOU -- then challenge that trait to grow.
These photos are my testimony. I eliminated clothe-styling, a location, and props. I took a moment of feeling unfulfilled and tested my story-telling ability. And I cannot wait to share the results.
Thank you party bus for leaving me behind sometimes.