I like to reflect on what I learned about quitting quitting with each goal I reach. I really have only met 2 goals so far, but they have both been really big ones. My first was to do a pull-up. Something so simple, and yet I spent months training for that one single moment. My second, learning photography, took me over a year to “complete.” I’m still growing with that one.
Here are some things I learned from working on photography:
- Everyone starts out sucking. I have a mentor who is fabulous. At my last meeting with her I saw some of her very first photos she took. It was SO INSPIRING. She is such a pro now, and it’s hard to think of her as a newbie. But she too started out as a beginner, with beginner-like photos.
- There is someone out there much better than you. This is much more uplifting than it sounds. There will always be someone better than you at a given skill. That means there is always someone you can learn from, and be inspired by.
- I can do anything, literally ANYTHING. I never thought in a million years I would actually understand how to take a descent photo. When I first picked up the camera I couldn’t turn it on, let alone take a good picture. Now looking back, I can’t believe how much I was capable of learning and doing.
- The snowball is rolling. I have and success on two goals, and now I can’t wait to start the next. It’s exciting now, instead of daunting.
Photography gives me a creative outlet, and a place to grow and push that creativity. I absolutely love it!