Imagine a young dog, one that has never seen the ocean, you take him to the beach, and you throw a stick along the shore. The dog runs off, jolly, youthful folly, full of life, thinking of nothing other than that very moment.
That kind of feeling. That’s what I felt this weekend.
I went to my very first #walkmeet, which is a rather informal gathering of photographers and models, who meet, greet and shoot pictures.
It was a motley mix of people of all sorts; Tall, small, young and old, dressed in ragged jeans and in pretty dresses. A lovely atmosphere. Where everyone can be, whoever they want to be, and be proud of who they are. Even the weather gods were fortunate. The sun gave the day that perfect glow that makes everyone look even prettier.
At some point, I was asked to pose and look up into the sky. The view up was just breathtaking. While I lay there, I knew I wanted to capture that very moment. I ran off, grabbed my camera and made a picture of my feet encompassing the sun.
I felt good. I felt lovely. More than lovely. I felt the world belonged to me and I belonged to the world, and I thought of Rumi’s words “You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
Since eight days, I’m officially unemployed. After 16 years of working for various bosses, in various companies, I am now “on my own.”
Coming up are a lot of “firsts.”
For the first time, I am writing a book.
No idea if anyone will enjoy reading it, but I will find out!
For the first time, I am planning to start my own business.
Will I be successful? Time will tell.
Am I scared? Sometimes I think I should be.
Yet, I am not. Not the slightest bit.
Perhaps I am naive. I think naivety is highly underrated.
That young dog, diving into the ocean without a doubt. A butterfly, coming out of its cocoon and then spreading its wings. They aren’t afraid.
It simply feels right to them.
And whatever feels right is worth pursuing.
I, therefore, love the advice, to seek whatever makes your heart beat that little bit faster and your eyes smile just a hint more, go do that. It is going to be worth it. So or so.
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Have a lovely day.