Move, Hold, and Reach
People will talk to each other about following their dreams. I’ve been there a thousand times - We sit in coffee shops and idealize things with our heart forward, but about as long as it takes for the coffee to cool the human in us starts believing it is childish to believe in our dreams, which ergo make us believe it is childish - unwise - to believe in ourselves. And then, we don’t move. We stay exactly where we were before the conversation, only now having faced the reality of pouring a little bit more cement into our base of belief, concreting ourselves further where we are.
If fear is your sickness, movement is your cure. We have to move immediately when the cement of doubt or worry starts to pour in. For me, it’s been physical movement - walking into cities and biking across states, hiking up mountains and sliding back down them. Movement is also mental and spiritual - challenging the ideas that I am so different from or so similar to someone else, walking up to people to say hello - heart beating furiously inside my chest. Movement is taking physical and mental steps to want more than to want, to actually do in ways where you move past comforts, where you look into another set of eyes and understand the other because you moved and joined like rivers at a great confluence.
A solid grasp on the finiteness of time has helped me understand movement is nothing to put off. You then must hold on to what you believe, and then reach towards what you want to come of it. Move, hold, reach; the process repeats itself- it must to stay true. For a few years movement has come from traveling full time. I ask for and need little. This allows my schedule to remain free, give me the ability to say yes to opportunity, and allows me to do what I love - shoot and write in all sorts of amazing locations, but also experience people and stories throughout. As a professional photographer, videographer, and writer it's my job to create visuals and tell stories in a way that brings people into or back to a moment. My training in journalistic photography suits me well to tell the truth. My childlike enthusiasm, the excitement and ability to be easily entertained helps me be a part of stories and to love what I’m doing every time I pick up my camera or start typing.
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