“You’ve got a handful of years to do your work, don’t you dare waste those moments whining instead of creating something amazing.” David Duchemin
David was on a rant the other day which is where the above quote was taken from. Some rants will turn people away while some can be life changing moments. I enjoy his rants as they are not demanding of others but offer ideas where a quiet listener can receive enlightenment. It was one of those “Hmmmmm” moments for me, so please hear me out. I promise not to rant.
I want talk about the wasted moments not the whining. I’ve only been passionately shooting for the past ten years. Prior to that I shot to record family events such as birthdays and vacations. Some of those photographs actually were pretty good and of course some were throw a ways. Those good images prompted me to envision myself as a photographer. That vision fell to the wayside as I focused my attention on raising a family and pursuing a career in engineering. I have no regrets making those choices as I needed to be on that path, needing the family and the career.
But if I’m honest, I also listened to voices telling me I was not good enough or worse yet, I would never be good enough to make it as a photographer. I don’t believe I looked at photography as a creative outlet, either. I saw it as a career but for a select few. Nor, do I remember having a positive voice around me to offer support and encouragement. As an introvert I also did not share these dreams with very many but kept them inside. The world I accepted suggested I work for a corporation to make sure I had medical benefits, put in 40-50 hours a week, put away 10% in a 401k and take my 2-3 weeks vacation each year. Dwelling on missed moments will not bring them back, they’re of the past.
At this stage of my life I see it differently. I have learned of the gifts and talents I never suspected were a part of me and how to nurture them. And, . If nothing else I hope I can pass along encouragement for people to pursue their dreams, nurture their gifts, hone those skills and be creative.
So, before I watch my final sunset I still have the time to sharpen my gifts and talents, offering them to the world. I also hope to encourage others to pursue dreams or if they have none, seek out their own dreams. We don’t need to waste any more moments.