Dark Figure Walking

Carol Schiraldi

It's hard to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes, it seems like the world is nothing but a bunch of sheeple and we are all merely one "Bah!" away from being just another sheep. There is uncertainty, yes, nobody knows what tomorrow will bring, but that doesn't mean we need to stop reaching for those stars. For all we know, there could be a light at the end of that tunnel. Now, I know, you will try to convince me that the light at the end of that tunnel too could be an oncoming train but I'm not having it. Nope, not today, you're not getting me. I need to live my life a little bit.

The author Marianne Williamson once said, "as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." This is true. We need to learn to light out own lights from time to time if, for nothing more, than to allow our own selves to shine on in the darkness. We need to embrace uncertainty, we need to learn how to live. If you wait for the perfect time to do something, it often never happens.

There is never a better time to re-define yourself than right now. It's a great time to be an artist and photographer. Being a photographer, you get to go out and see the world and, if you're lucky, get to re-live it again when you print the photos. Sure, a lot of people will tell you that you won't be able to make any money, that it will be hard. It's a tough life and a competitive field but maybe, just maybe, this really is what you're supposed to do. I mean, wouldn't it be a waste if you gave up all of this only to sit in a cube farm somewhere wondering, "what if?"

Maybe there's a reason photography and hunting share a lot of language in common. It's all about the hunt, the kill, the trophies you get to bring home, and the stories you can tell your friends afterwards. That's really a great life to live. It's a lot of fun with a Hemingway-esque kind of swagger. Nobody really wants to be a bank teller, do they? Nah, this! Now, this is a whole lot more fun.

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