One of my biggest challenges in photography so far is simply finding the time to actually do it! Unless you are a full-time professional photographer, most of us have regular jobs and do this in our free time. And after you factor in work, family, and everything else in life, there is really not a lot of free time left in the day! We live in a society with so many “have tos” (have to stay late at work, have to go to that meeting, have to go to some birthday party for a 3rd cousin on the last nice Saturday of the year, you get the idea) that there is no time left for the “want tos.” And aren’t the “want tos” what are really important in life?
What defines you? Is it your job, your car, your khakis? Are you the music you listen to? Oh, you’re a Yankees fan…I get it, now that is a really deep insight into your individual being! The great American poet Henry Rollins once said “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.”
I think that what we make time for is what truly defines us. Don’t say there is not enough time to work out, see friends or family, or learn something new, when you somehow always seem to find the time to plop in front of the TV every Wednesday night for a new episode of Family Guy. [Well that may not be the best example, you should make time for Family Guy!]
We all have 24 hours in a day. Granted, there are so many real “have tos” that take up the vast majority of that time—there are always ways to better manage your time to have some left for what you want to do. We truly have to “make time” to pursue what we love because life will never stop and just “give” us time for ourselves.
So how the hell does this pertain to photography? It doesn’t have to, I guess! But about two years ago I came to the above conclusion about my own life. I would always complain that there was never any time to do what I wanted. I let a lot of fun opportunities in life just pass on by because of all the things I thought I had to do. One day I just realized that I control how I spend my time, and if photography was something that I seriously wanted to do then I’d have to make the time and just do it!
[Hey, I thought this was a photoblog…what is all this self-help, motivational speaker stuff? Where are all the photos? Next post will be solidly rooted in photography, I promise!]