If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I gravitate towards quotes - somewhere, someone has already said exactly what my heart is feeling, and said it so eloquently. The words below stirred something within in me.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver
What Instragram may not tell you, is that I'm a textbook introvert. In all the classic ways, but most overtly in the sense of being a quiet observer and craving deep meaningful conversations. While I'm well trained in my response of "good thanks, you?" when asked how I am in passing, what I'm really craving from my interactions is to know what makes you come alive, what makes your eyes sparkle with passion and what absolutely lights you up in your life.
One of the main reasons I fell in love with photography was the ability to show people the magic of their everyday life, and to remind us all that you don't need a major milestone, event, or location in your life to document the magic that is being alive. In trying to write out my personal why that fuels this creative passion, I had a realization - I'm a big ol' giant hypocrite.
Have you ever seen the episode of Friends, where Monica makes Chandler get engagement photos? That's me, or at least how I feel on the inside in front of a camera. I feel wildly uncomfortable being in them, I rarely document my life with me in the photo, and despite 12+ years of building a life together, I have never actually set up a shoot for my partner & I. There's a variety of reasons why I've stayed out of the shot, but there's a million more why self-portraits have now made my list of creative goals for the coming year.
While I'm sure this will make another post at another time, aligning my personal values with my every day life has never been more important to me. Doing the hard soul-searching work to define my personal values has taken on-going effort, and I'm realizing it's going to take even more to ensure those align with my everyday actions. So here I go, putting one foot in front of the other & practicing what I preach (while under a curtain, on my bed, with my camera propped on a book, laughing at the ridiculousness that is doing that in the fishbowl high rise apartment I live in).
So tell me, what do you do everyday to ensure you're working towards your values and pushing in the same direction?