“Time must be set and hours must be assigned to provide for our health of soul”—St. Augustine
Photography feeds my soul. Making photos is not just a passion; or a way to see the world, but it helps to keep me sane. When I have a camera in my hand it is almost as though the camera is an elixir for my brain. It is the only time I am truly in the moment. The only time I am completely mindful and observant. The multitudes of thoughts that usually flail around in my brain are actually quelled. All the stresses of everyday life evaporate. And even on the worse days of making pictures, I leave with a sense of elation and peace because it’s not always about getting the picture, but having the experience. Photography is meditation for me. And I am a better person for it. And likewise the world is a tad bit better for it because I am a bit more peaceful.
We live in a hustle and bustle society--in a land where slowing down or taking time to do something fun over something productive is seen as wasteful. And we need to change that way of thinking. We need to, as the Kings of Leon say, “take the time to waste a moment”.
What feeds your soul? What brings you peace and happiness? I bet you are doing it already. You probably think it’s “just a hobby “or something to piddle the time away. We downgrade the things that bring us peace because we have come to believe that if it isn’t providing a service or contribution to the world, it must be worthless. But, if you are even a little more peaceful from the experience, how can that ever be wasteful or worthless to you or the world.
"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time"—Bertrand Russell