As with any new journey, there are always bumps along the way that can cause one to rethink their position and refocus their efforts in a different direction than originally anticipated. A fork in the road always signify that decisions need to be made.
In the spring of 2016, I would embark on a journey to capture the beauty of the thumb area of my home state of Michigan. This is a rural area with an abundance of old farms, antiquated barns and wildlife that are part of this vibrant areas’ everyday life; far removed from the urban concrete jungles of our larger metropolitan cities.
I had before me, a unique opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone,” so to speak, based on another business I had recently started that involved doing on-site inspections. I was, and still am, an inspector and always have my workhorse of a camera with me. Every time I would go out to do my daily grind, I would go by some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenes; reminiscent of a time long gone when life did not seem so complicated. It was an opportunity to not run my life based on a clock and allow myself to focus on what was truly going on around me. A time to gain perspective in my life; although I truly did not know that would be the eventual outcome at the time.
That does not mean that I did not have deadlines and other appointments to keep; not at all. What it meant was that I was able to not be so concerned about that aspect of my job. Each day I left the house I had a route in hand and knew that these were the “must do’s” of the day. I never put a time limit on how long it would take me, outside of any possible appointments, and I allowed myself to take time to pull off the road and capture a moment in time without feeling pressured or guilty. The time it took for that moment to be captured was fleeting; but the rendering of that small twinkling in time will, hopefully, guarantee that antiquated beauties will be remembered and cherished for many years to come.
That old tattered red barn that fell to the ground last year will always have life in my collection. That one focused moment will stand as a memorial to her resilience and a testament to her stolidity through the ages, as the landscapes changed around her.
We all need different viewpoints in our lives, that allow us to think outside of our own personal bubble that we get lost in. We can find ourselves caught up in our belief systems to a point that we allow ourselves to negate the reasons behind other’s perceptions of the world. Keeping a home, raising children, paying bills, putting up with the unlimited biases in the world and keeping sanity through it all is no easy feat. Sometimes we need to separate ourselves from all the noise to gain perspective as to what is profoundly important in our own individual lives so that we can actually appreciate the perception of others.