There's a quote from the Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, that goes, "Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." This quote resonates with me a lot because I think it's so important to enjoy your journey just as much as the destination.
If you read my first blog post, you will remember me talking about my kiddie-handled Fischer Price camera that I had when I was a little kid. I loved taking photos with it. I had all kinds of ideas about what I wanted to take pictures of.
That being said, though, I didn't have experience, the proper equipment, or the education to understand how to achieve these ideas in real life. I was only seven years old after all.
It was disappointing. It seemed so easy in my imagination.
If you look at these two images below, you will see one with terrible lighting and bad composition. The other image has more artistic lighting, a more interesting composition and no distractions. These pictures were taken about 16 years apart.
When I was at work last week, I was thinking about my photography journey and how far I've come. I was thinking about how much I can't wait to continue improving, and that's when it hit me: If you are pursuing your passion, even if you haven't reached all of your goals yet, you are already living the dream.
People, including myself, get caught up in all these things they want RIGHT NOW, yet they forget that getting to the destination is half (or more than half) of the experience. Love your journey, trust your journey and enjoy every minute of working toward your goals. Once you reach your goals, you will have wished that you had taken more time enjoying the process.
It's not too late to start living your dream.