A good friend of mine once told me that he ages backwards…at the time it seemed sort of silly but as I approach another birthday and reflect on all that has happened in the last year I realize that it actually is the perfect way to describe how I feel right now.
It probably seems ridiculous to most of you that every birthday makes me feel old…I am after all years away from 30. (Ok, barely) This year something is different, I actually feel younger than I did a year ago. It took me a while to come up with a good solid reason for this and as it turns out it was something that mentally I’ve been meaning to blog about all year long.
So what is my secret to youth? Well, for starters I am really content with where things are in my life. I work hard so I can play hard and I meet the most amazing people along the way. I have a job I love so much I’ve been known to do it for fun on my days off. (Really, if you google my name you’ll find instances of me “crashing” e-sessions and weddings with some photographer friends for fun) But it is more than that…I decided that there were a great number of things I’d like to do someday and that I should really make someday today. It sounds like a really bad cliche, I know, but now the year is nearly over and I have an interesting list of things I have done to step out of my comfort zone – everything from buying a car at a dealership without taking a man with me (and standing up to a bully sales guy who tried to get me to spend $1160 on a lowjack system I didn’t want – I ended up getting it for free 😉 ) to learning how to hold and load a gun. I’ve also tried a lot of different types of food – Thai being my hands down new favorite and Ethiopian being ok but not anything I would ever crave. I’ve learned cooking is an art form way beyond reading a recipe and following directions. I’ve been able to take risks creating images that are a step or two outside the norm and blessed to have clients that love the results as much as I do. I just love when I post a picture that I took for fun and someone emails me wanting to use it as their desktop wall paper or hang it in their living room. I’ve realized that following your heart and instincts is easier said than done but well worth work involved. I’ve made countless people cry – in a good way of course.
Yes, I could go on and on about how much I’ve learned this year and how wonderful life is when you really get out and live it but I won’t because I know that no matter what I say you have to get out and live your life to fully appreciate how I feel. So tell me, how are you going to step outside your comfort zone this year?