Recently on a photo shoot for Altrusa(literacy group helping children get involved with reading), I found myself taking shots of random kindness. I don't like people posing for the camera as I consider it "fake". So with the zoom lens, I snapped shots from far away to get those heart warming moments without being noticed.
Altrusa wanted me to get shots of the kids having fun at the event.
It transported me to another time.....my own childhood. But it made me think. When and where had I switched over to "jaded"? It wasn't my 20's. But sometime in my early 30's, I lost sight of the adventure. Every day blurred into the other. One monotonous bore after another. Go to work. Pay the bills. Wake up and do it all over again.
When I see this young lady smile, I see pure wonder and imagination. However epic treks into the bird/wildlife world with a new camera made me engage that creative side again. Plants and gardening were the gateway drugs into this world:) And only recently do I feel like this little girl again. I've got the whole world in my hands:)
|Children trust and love unconditionally.|
First flight. First sight. Believing that we can do better each day. Making that difference. Everyday we wake up, there is a new challenge that awaits us. I am so appreciative for my friend and mentor Kathie for making each day a fun game. Instead of it being another day that is forgotten and blurred into the other, it has become one adventure after another. She made me remember what I had forgotten. Of course, I am also appreciative for our spouses. They are supportive and understanding about this hobby of ours. Sometimes they come with us and other times they stay home while we count birds in crazy places. When I'm out in the field, all the stress vaporizes into thin air. There is a healing and wonderful feeling that comes from being out in nature. I must trust that inner voice as it leads me down this path. For the first time in my life, I don't have the answers. Just this insatiable hunger to know more. What will tomorrow bring? I don't know, but stay tuned for more:)