Spring Cleaning: Gaining Perspective
These past few weeks have been difficult — and it’s hard to even verbalize why. It seems like things have been weighing on me much harder than they should have: thoughts, memories, hopes, regrets. Maybe it’s the long, hard winter we’ve been through…being driven inside to avoid frigid temperatures, ice and cold rain; the time spent indoors fueling my racing thoughts. I have found myself stuck in a bit of a rut of sorts. Lacking motivation, lacking inspiration…and that fact bothers me a great deal…but instead of making myself get back into the art I love so much, I have just avoided facing it.
I decided to take last night off. I wasn’t overly tired…I just needed some “me time”… to think…maybe figure things out… and maybe I did….or maybe not. At this point, I don’t really know. But what I DO know is I woke up, brewed myself some coffee, put on some loud music… and finally took the time to go back through some work I had avoided for months. And you know what? I feel a little better. Spring is coming, time for a refreshed perspective on things.
These are a few shots I took back in November when a close friend from Florida came to visit — a fellow photographer who inspired me to wander with my camera and see things a little differently than maybe I would have by myself. I took these shots at one of my favorite thinking spots — a place I visit often, but for some reason rarely bring my camera. Looking back through them reminded me how much I truly love living here…..
Yes, I feel far away from my family and the close-knit group of friends I left in St Augustine. Yet somehow, I know this is where I belong right now. I am proud of how far I have come since arriving a little over 3 years ago. I love my job, I love my friends, I love this whirlwind of a city I call home. Sometimes maybe you just need a little time by yourself to gain that perspective you need.