A Letter to My Future Self One Year From Now
Dear Future Me,
You are now 40, it is the year 2020, and you are an amazing photographer. You have spent many years searching for your passion, hoping that there was that one thing you would be excellent at. You know that being a Spanish teacher brought fulfillment to your life as, without even knowing, you had touched the life of so many students in the last 15 years of your teaching career. However, you found another way to touch other's people's life and that is by capturing those moments in life we all cherish. You knew all along that you should have had pursue this career, but you were scared. For the last three years you have put your mind and soul into being the best photographer you can possibly be and you can now see the product of your hard work and dedication.
A lot of exciting things had happened in your life surrounding photography and eventually you were able to retired from teaching after 15 amazing years. This letter to your future self was so that you could see that anything you set your mind to, you can definitely accomplish. Don’t be too hard on yourself as you can now see how much your photography has grown and how much love and support you have received in the last three years.
First of all, cherish your beginnings in photography. True, you have changed your style so much in the past three years, but look now and see how amazing your work. You were always one step ahead because you were capturing things that interest you and that made what you do even much more gratifying. As you continue to learn from other photographers in your community through workshops and learning opportunities, cherish this time of discovery, because it will be one of the happiest moments you will have in your photography.
Teaching young adults was rewarding, but I am glad you have taken the time to pursue your love for photography because you want to share the love you have with others. Even though you were petrified about blogging because English is your second language, you are now blogging more to share your experiences as a photographer. Along the way, you have met people in your field who supported you and encouraged you to continue your journey as a photographer. You are now inspiring upcoming photographers yourself and that is an unbelievable feeling.
Now in the year 2020, you have realized that at the end of the day, what was the most valuable were the amazing people you met along the way. You’re going to cherish the friendships you create with those photographers. These photographers will continue to inspire you, give you honest feedback and critique on your work, and push you to become the best photographer you possibly can be.
I have one final thought to add. As you continue to grow and further your career, don’t let others dictate to you what is a realistic dream and what is not, always work hard, and remember to be kind. Your determination to strive for greatness really pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and the hard work is paying off. I hope you continued to learn something new every day and always remember this “The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be.” Unknown author.