With 2018 coming to an end, I suppose it’s okay to reflect on my life this past year.
2018 has been a different year for me professionally and on a personal level, in so much that my wife experienced her first year of retirement from her job as an Engineer with Lockheed and I have retired from taking on active photography clients for jobs and workshops. We’ve entered full-tilt retirement.
Oh, my business still exists, mostly in the form of private photography for art and stock photography. Gone are the days of soliciting business as a photographer. It’s no longer a necessity for my personal growth. As a matter of fact, personal growth has already been achieved throughout my life. 2018 was the year I learned to live life with and for my wife and me. I’ve served my country, I’ve been to college, I’ve had my corporate career, I’ve been a successful photography business owner, my kids are alive and well. My grand-kids are growing up. My best friends are still my best friends.
I have found a new groove with my photography though. More time doing the type of work I enjoy the most. Wildlife, nature and landscape work. I’ve lost the desire to travel the world, I’ve seen a lot of it already and the memories are grand but the new memories are going to be based more on my corner of the solar system. Home here in Littleton is the earth and my place in Red Feathers is the moon. The beauty of this simplicity is that I can orbit either at will and without the stress of having to deal with the distractions of working for somebody else. Simplification and clarity.
Not that there aren’t lessons to still be learned. I think learning never stops, unless you give up on the idea. But what is left to learn seems to me to be more involved with learning to grow old gracefully and peacefully. Removing the stress and mental barriers has found a home in my heart. What comes will come, what is gone is gone.
My year in photography has been a good year by means of photographic output. I’ve found a good niche in Stock Photography, my profits are up 200 percent from 2017. I’m enjoying doing work that I know will continue to provide me with additional income for the rest of my life and to those who survive me. That’s a good thing.
The phone doesn’t ring much these days and when it does ring, it is more likely to be someone wanting me to give them money for something I never once thought about prior to the call.
I’ve forgone the concept of travel photography, been there done that.
I don’t do camera clubs. Been there, done that.
No more weddings to shoot. Been there, done that.
No more corporate events. Been there, done that.
No more property photo projects. Been there, done that.
No more volunteer work. Been there, done that.
No more teaching photography. Been there, done that.
No more angry, ugly, hateful, hurtful people injecting themselves into my life on a daily basis. Been there, done that.
Nope, I think I’ll spend more time in 2019 doing what I’ve found to be enjoyable.
Writing more. I love to write if you haven’t noticed.
Spending time with my family and with my friends.
Spending time at my cabin in the mountains.
Spending time photographing the wild critters and the natural beauty that surrounds me.
I’m a Colorado photographer now. Oh, there will still be road trips to different places but my heart and my soul is in the Rocky Mountains and the life I have here.
My wife and I will finish out this life and endeavor to persevere the remaining obstacles. I think that’s referred to as “going with the flow.”
In the meantime, I’ll still be taking photos and sharing them.
As children we are often asked what we want to be when we grow up.
My ideas have changed over the years. I’ve found the end goal.
Fame and fortune can wait until my next life.