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.
I believe having and pursuing dreams is vital to use as humans. I think attaining them is proof it’s worth following the next one. We’re not meant to be limited by what we see around us, or by who we were or weren’t raised by, or our environment. I think we were made well, made beautifully with bodies and souls capable to do amazing things, accomplish amazing tasks.
So, 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 for more, to actually do in ways where you move past comforts, go places where you might look into another set of eyes and understand the other because you joined like rivers at a great confluence.
Movement is nothing to put off. Our time is finite. You must hold on to what you believe, and then reach towards what you want to come of it.
Dream, move, hold, reach, dream; 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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