Honing Skills

I started writing regularly in 2008. I started sharing my writings with friends and family through a listserv in 2010. I remember a couple years back my mom told me she was impressed with how the featured photos matched the theme of my blog posts. I didn’t quite know how to categorize this skill. My best attempt was, “I’m not a photographer, but I’m good at matching the emotions of a photo to the emotions of my blog post.”

Now in 2021, I continue to practice this hobby. But it’s become quicker. More effortless. I feel more agile at seeing a photo I resonate with and sticking to it. I don’t second guess myself as much. I am confident in my decision.

It’s been an interesting process. Much of the time I’ve wondered why I keep doing it. What is the purpose? Will it actually lead to anything? Anything substantial?

I guess it’s another left brain vs. right brain saga. Trying to quantify things and make meaning out of something.

But the point is, if you are doing something that is meaningful and valuable—and most important, enjoyable—just keep doing it.

Who knows where it will take you?

And does that even matter?

The Journey is the Destination.

3 thoughts on “Honing Skills

    1. Agreed!!
      It’s not always easy, but I’ve been getting the hang of it over the years and I’ve refined the process.
      It feels good to express an idea/emotion in words (the blog post) and reinforce what I am trying to convey through the photograph.

      I choose the photograph based on matching content, but even more important is that the emotion that bleeds through the photograph matches the emotion/spirit of what my written blog post is trying to convey.


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