|I was walking home and this wall caught my attention. As a photograph, it's not going to win any prizes, but just the act of framing it made me happy.|
I think it's so important to be doing what you love. Yes, if there's a paycheck involved, people will do most anything. And there are quite a few who choose their life's career based on the size of their monthly deposits.
I happen to think the true test of if it's meant to be is this: what do you do in your free time?
Do you leave a job and just-want-to-check-that-last-thing, hmmm-what-if-I-try-this-next-time, oh-I-think-I-figured-that-thing-out-that-was-bothering-me, or is it more like I'm-so-dead-can't-wait-to-get-home-and-tune-out?
I was walking through a fairly dicey part of town recently, feeling slightly on edge, at attention should anything happen. Then I turned the corner and the light was just so beautiful that I had to relax, and smile and enjoy myself. Before I picked up a camera seriously that never would have happened, because I wouldn't have been watching the light. Wouldn't have always been thinking. "How would I photograph that?"
All this to say, I count myself lucky that most of the jobs I've had in my life, I've enjoyed. Even looked forward to. And the older I get the more important the enjoyment seems, and the less the rest of it all matters.
So, what about you? What do you love? Is what you love what you do, or do you keep the two separate?
PS Check the top of the blog for a note about an art exhibit I'm part of these next two weekends in Oakland. All the gory details are there!