Several months ago my 15 year old daughter bluntly made me aware that I was not following my passion. I did not do what I had expressed to them to be the most important thing in life. Follow your passion and you'll never go wrong. Discover what you love and do that! If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. These are the words I had spoken to my kids since they were born. I knew it to be true although I had not done the same in my life. When she said it out loud it really hit me. I had to stop and think. What is my passion? What makes me light up with excitement? Being a mom did that but I knew that was not what she meant. I honestly struggled to list things I loved to do. I have been a mom so long I could only really list the things that involved them. My kids are my world and I always knew I wanted to be a mom. It is most definitely a passion but someday they won't need me in the sense they do now. I continued to evaluate my life and acknowledge things that made me smile or laugh. I wanted to discover new passions and recognize ones that have always been there.
Photography has the ability to show others your perspective of anything you see. I take 3-15 pictures of any one moment until I see on the screen what I see with my eyes. When I capture that then others see my perspective clearly. My kids can look at a photo of themselves that I have taken and feel exactly what they felt in that moment. When I capture nature, especially the sky, I feel like others can see it through my eyes. The world has so much beauty to offer but most of time we are too distracted to notice. Life is hectic and busy. Stopping to look at the pure perfection of nature is not usually on our to do lists. It's taken for granted and underappreciated. Many family road trips across the country have given me the opportunity to experience a vast variety of backdrops. Sunsets in the Midwest differ from the beach sunsets but they are still perfect and beautiful. I've driven through Utah more times than I can count yet everytime I do I have to stop and capture it's essence. A slight shift of the shadow on the rocks changes the entire scene. One moment more beautiful than the next. I am known to pull over at any second if something captures my attention. Sometimes the kids get annoyed by it but over the years my attention to that beauty has opened their eyes to it. Now they point it out if I don't see it right away. They snap a picture and are eager to show it to me when they get home. They appreciate that it is there and understand the value it has. The most valuable things in this world are free and easily seen if you just open your eyes to a new perspective.