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08.24.07         personal  

My Birthday


Today was my birthday and I spent most of it doing what I love most...taking pictures. Instead of posting those pics, I wanted to make a comment or two about something I have learned recently and maybe it will be of value to you. I had a conversation with a friend the other day who is considering dropping out of school. She wants to stay at home and raise her children, but feels compelled to get an education in order to support them.

I love coaching football, and before every game I would spend hours preparing game plans, teaching plays, encouraging, etc. We would usually go out, promptly crush the opposition, and then after I would feel a deep sense of depression, even when we won.

When I was working on my PhD, I didnt really like going into the lab. Sure I liked the challenge, but I didnt wake up happy to go into the lab to mess with fruit flies.

When I am take pictures...something happens....I feel a natural high. Maybe its because I have a chance to be creative, maybe it is because I am making images which my clients will have for the rest of their life. In any case, it is enough to feel deep down inside that what I am doing makes me feel wonderful. There is a reason for that.

I think my friend would be truly happy being less well to do to spend more time with her kids than making money to pay someone else to watch them. The problem with making changes is it is risky...it makes us uncomfortable.

LIsten to those feelings and impressions you have about life...if you are unhappy...change something, take a chance on happines. Dropping out of school was the best decision I think I have ever made. I am happy. :)

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