Plans? We Don't Need No Plans!
My plans for the day didn’t match the reality of my life.
Started an early morning so I could be there when city workers installed the Christmas Star above the main street in town. I was told it was to be early. I was early.
Didn’t take the time to fix a decent low-carb breakfast. Ate the wrong thing. Processed food.
I was there. They weren’t. I waited. No one answered my calls to confirm the time. No answer to texts. Nothing.
Went to look at a different photo possibility about ten minutes away. That took about five extra minutes as I explored a new angle for the photo.
Arrived back at the spot for the star just as the lift bucket was lowered to the truck. The star was in place, and everyone was leaving. Except me. I was arriving.
The day did not go as planned. Nature plotted against me. Read that tale in the My Final Photo Newsletter below.
Surrender is one of the attitudes I’ve developed over many years of always wanting better photos. Surrendering the disappointment of having missed a photo you’d waited a year to make is/was/will be difficult.
I made many other photos today. Some are another look at what I shot yesterday. Some were another look at the possibilities of an unchanged scene.
The reality of my life is surrendering to everything that doesn’t work. Don’t make not surrendering the work that keeps you from moving on from failure and disappointment. From finding a new way to see an unchanged subject or advancing a good photo idea to something better.
Not going to get into a discussion of relativity, time, time displacement, and the multiverse although all are significant factors in surrender.
I don’t have time for that.
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