2020: The year that would not quit....

2020 has brought so many challenges on so many of us in ways that we never expected. I am still shaking my head to be honest.

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Carolina Wren at Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Chester Virginia

Carolina Wren at Dutch Gap Conservation area, Chester Virginia. Purchase a print. 

Over the past 2 months or so, I have not been online much due to flooding, a close family member having a stroke, me catching covid and then a virus. I wish that includes all the balls thrown at me in this time frame, but these just the highlights.


What is a person to do when faced with so much challenge? 

These challenges have given me time to reflect about what is truly important. 

I could name many things which I could say have kept me on track. Others out there have the same list that I do. But what has helped me and others get through often comes down to vision. 

The Oxfords Language dictionary defines vision as 
the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.

I love the fact wisdom is included in the definition. It really does take wisdom to be able to look at circumstances to know they are temporary and don't define us. Heck, it is way too easy to get caught up in the moment!

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Downy woodpecker eating berries, Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Chester Virginia

Downy Woodpecker eating berries, Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Purchase greeting cards with this photo. 

Between juggling so many crises, it is easy and normal to get overwhelmed.For awhile I focused on what I had to do. At times when it started to get to me, I started focusing on the future and where I want to be. I would say feeling defeated is no where on my bucket list. I started looking and my goals and dreams. 

Did doubts start to rush in while I was trying to focus on what I need to do to keep moving forward? Of course! It is totally human to do that. I did have to make a lot of conscience decisions to move out of the doubt mode. It is also a process too as I worked through why those doubts do plague me.. 

The big key is once I was able to catch my breath, I knew I wanted to get out, hike a bit to get my strength back and take my camera just in case. I got out to the Dutch Gap Conservation area and I just did not see anything. Just as I was about to give up and leave, I walked a little farther along and I saw birds playing in a tree. All of a sudden, the weight lifted off of me. Photography is one of those things that allows me to forget everything except for what I a focusing on.... partly because I have a vision of where I want my photography to become. it also allows hope to flow free. Nature also helps me see the world does keep going, despite what is going on with me. 

I know that everyone will have different things that will help center them during crises. It does help to know the vision you are passionate about to move forward, especially during the most challenging circumstances. 

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Female red-wing blackbird, R Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks, Chesterfield VA
Female Red-wing Blackbird, R Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks, Chesterfield VA. Obviously, this female does not look like a blackbird. This is when knowing their shape, call and environment helps with identification. Do you have a perfect spot in your home for this photograph printed on canvas? 
So since I felt a bit better in the last week, I have made several trips to the outdoors this week. Each was a therapeutic way to regain strength, photograph and bond with my dogs of course. Also had a nice picnic with a new friend as well.
What are you doing to make the best of the challenges you are facing? 
Just remember, you are not in this alone. Reach out in socially distant ways like online, video chat or even the phone. You just may find out others are in your shoes as well. 

 

 


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