Jumping In With Both Feet

This one’s short. 

While waiting for far too long at the DMV today (I’m still there now), I decided to read an article on Edward Burtynsky (a photographer) that GRIT had shared in a recent newsletter.

I’ve found myself in a rather challenging spot as of late. Reading about how Burtnsky - a Canadian of Ukrainian heritage who spent many years as a janitor - became Photo London’s ‘Master of Photography’...well let’s just say it intrigued my desire to somehow reclaim this time in purgatory at the DMV.

 
 This stood out to me first. The “thought” was studying art and supporting himself and his family with it rather than attempting the ‘climb the ladder’ with the auto manufacturer his father used to work at.

This stood out to me first. The “thought” was studying art and supporting himself and his family with it rather than attempting the ‘climb the ladder’ with the auto manufacturer his father used to work at.

 

My thumb stopped scrolling when I hit that quote. I’ve found it damn near impossible as of late to know what I’m ‘in love with’ and to go after it (recent changes including losing my mother have brought considerable mental and emotional weight).

Then I read this 👇

 

 
 I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. Does it resonate with you? What’s the story? Please share it in the comments below.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. Does it resonate with you? What’s the story? Please share it in the comments below.

 

How I'm Wired

I’ve never been one who believes that the universe simply complies with my positive thinking or actions.  

I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist. I'm an INTJ. I’m a stoic.

I believe in consequences to actions, that opportunities come and go, and that life is harder than we’d like to admit. We do the best we can and we keep moving.

So when I read that last quote, I didn’t feel all warm in fuzzy inside. I didn’t run to Instagram with that image and caption it with “chase your dreams” #YOLO.

I don’t really believe that the world simply changes for you. I think I’d like to, but I don’t. I think experience has taught me not to.

 

Work In Progress

But today feels different.

This simple article caught my attention and those two portions of text punched my experience-based beliefs right in the groin.

Maybe it does work that way? Or maybe it can? Maybe life does respond sometimes to instinct-driven courageous action. 

Note: To be clear, when I talk about following your instinct and jumping in with both feet, I’m referring to life-altering decisions. The kind of decisions that scare you a little. The decisions where a societal norm may exist and you feel like you will be going against it...or at least where the options you're considering seem to lack common sense even to you (e.g. like starting a trip without enough funds).


Insights From Experiences

Now here's the most important part: YOU.

What do you think? If you've read up to this point, than something has resonated with you. What was it? What decision were you faced with? How did you feel and what did you do?

Spill the beans brothers and sisters...spill them all in the comments below.