I wish I was the kind of person who always sees the silver lining, who looks at the glass as half full. The one who is so happy that others can’t help but be happy around them. The truth is, lately I have let life get me down. I have focused on the negative, and failed to see the beauty around me. I have felt sorry for myself instead of being grateful for everything that I have.
This weekend I was sitting there telling my brother and sister in law (yay for visitors!) how I feel like living here has stifled my creativity because I can’t take my camera with me when I leave the house. I can’t shoot in beautiful sun drenched fields, or in amazing forests with light streaming through the trees. I can only shoot within the walls of our house. Then I probably spent 5 minutes talking about how bored I am taking photos within our 4 walls.* My brother looked at me and said, “well then why don’t you stop sucking?”
He was right. (I hope he doesn’t read this because it pains me to admit that!) I was sucking. I am sucking. Big time.
That afternoon, while my babe was playing with her aunt and uncle, I decided to stop sucking. My project: 1 hour, 1 lens, 100 images, in our yard.
Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
*For those of you not familiar with Central American living, we live behind walls. Surrounding our house and yard are 12 foot walls, topped with barbed wire. Our front yard, drive way, walkway to the front door, house, side yard and back yard all sit within these 4 walls. We can’t leave these 4 walls except if we are in the car.