When I was younger, I had no doubt that everything … life, love, friendships, situations … would last forever. There was an abundance of time, and the future was very far away. When I was in love, there was nothing else. Four years of college seemed to last for at least ten years. When my son was a little guy, I didn’t contemplate that he would be a teenager and then a grown man someday, and much sooner than I would expect. And then one day when I wasn’t paying attention, time accelerated like the Starship Enterprise kicking into warp speed. Years went by like weeks. One day I woke up and my son was graduating college. I was in mid-career, and my colleagues were young enough to call me mom. I was starting to get gray hair and wrinkles. Yikes! When did all this happen?
By now you may be asking … yeah, what’s your point? Apparently I have finally noticed the obvious, and it’s about time! But in thinking about the temporal nature of the major things in life … love, work, places, people, youth and muscle tone (ack!) … I started thinking about the ways we pass our time when we have that ever elusive and increasingly precious “spare time”. I’ve had hobbies over the years … sewing, dancing, drawing, genealogy, collecting this and that … but nothing has smitten me quite like photography. Looking back, I’ve noticed my interests seem to run their course in about three years. Not so with photography … four years in, and I’m just as star struck with it as I was when the photo bug first bit me. There is so much to learn, so much improvement to strive for, and so much of life to capture and express.
So will it last? I have no idea, but it’s looking good so far … I’m still loving it and finding a stimulating and satisfying creative outlet in photography. I feel like the journey has just begun, and I hope that it’s a very long one. And I wish the same for you … a lasting creative endeavor that jump starts your brain and warms your heart for a very long time. I'd love to hear about your photographic journey ... Leave me a comment below!