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View from Chimney Tops, Smoky Mountains
Ever have one of those days when you question eveything you're doing as though it might not be right? You wonder if you're really making progress or just coasting along a path that seems to have its own direction?
Well I just had one of those days recently and it was not a pleasant experience. To be honest, I have those days more often than I care to admit. I've had them all of my life. I've always assumed that those feelings were just the result of pursuing a creative life, whether as a musician or photographer. When you define your own parameters for how you're going to measure success, there's going to be pushback – from society, family, friends, and your own fear.
I hear people talk about a safety net. I've never had one. At least not in the traditional sense. My idea of a safety net was my resolve to do whatever it took to get me to the next gig, or assignment, or rent/mortgage payment. To me that was much more reliable than a promise from an employer that I was secure. Because I was responsible for my own security, I took it upon myself to make sure I was prepared for any situation. Learning as much as I could about photography, the business, the pitfalls, and never standing still. Pushing forward, climbing up the mountain even as it seems to get steeper.
If a new technology comes along, I learn it. If a new way to market my work comes along, I find out how I can take advantage of it. And most of all, if I have an opportunity to do something that seems out of reach, I take a leap of faith.
I've worried about the same things for 20 years. But as my wife likes to point out so calmly, I'm still here doing what I love.
Don't let the bad days become a problem. The fear is usually not real, and it certainly isn't insurmountable. Some days it just feels like it is. It's time for a good day, and I'm ready, are you?