Sometimes quiet, peace and a little support is all we need to move ahead.
The warm kiss of sunlight, in the morning, is usually the beginning to a smile on my face.
It is days like these when home feels far away.
Five hour classes are long for many but a 10 hour day, hardly a lunch break and an intense critique after having spent most of your waking hours in a digital lab color correcting prints is intense. As much as I can stand lugging equipment around shoot after shoot–slung over my left shoulder, personal bag strapped across my torso, tripod clutched tight underneath my right arm–it’s tiring. As much as I love it I most of the time fail to even realize how much time I am putting into these projects. I fail to remember that the day before yesterday I was in a naturally lit room shooting portraits of a woman in her home environment. I forget sometimes that on that same day I dragged my equipment back to my apartment and then ran over to the labs to scan everything for hours. My memory fails me sometimes, neglecting to remind me that yesterday after work I grabbed dinner and then once again sat, for what felt like 15 minutes: but was really about 5 hours–color correcting.
I forget sometimes how much work I put into these things and how much I try. So today like me, I hope all of you can step back and give yourselves a break. Grab a cup of tea or a hot co-coa and just relax.
On occasion it’s better to let your thoughts slow and allow your body time to unbend.
Some days as much as one feels they must do something–they have got to remember: lists and chores only “have” to be done because ‘people’ have made them a priority. Why not make it a priority to allow yourself just a few minutes of relaxation. Take a short walk to your favorite bakery. Take an extra 30 minutes on your lunch break to eat with a friend. At work close your eyes–even for those five slow seconds you are allowing your mind to rest and letting your computer-staring eyes relax for a minute. Take a deep breath–even if you don’t have time today–give yourself time tomorrow or the next day.
As much as you believe in work, or spending time with your family, or doing things for school–you should believe in caring for yourself and for the body that allows you the ability to accomplish all of your daily tasks. Give yourself a break and promise yourself a moment to unwind.