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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

This week’s photo challenge is Everyday Life.  Said The Daily Post:  “This challenge is all about people and the things they do every day: working, eating, drinking, chatting, dreaming, walking, exercising, or any of those things we do all the time without really thinking about it”.

So it seemed like they were looking for a photo of something you wouldn’t normally take a photo of-say your house, your neighborhood, or your place of work-and that came to my mind first as well.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn’t work everyday; I didn’t get a chance to walk around my neighborhood every day; and I didn’t spend all day at my house.  There was only one thing that was apart of my Everyday Life…my husband.  He is there when I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night.  He is what I think of when I’m retouching/packaging at work.  He is the biggest and most important part of my life…he is my life.

So that is why I’m dedicating this weeks photo challenge to my husband-the love of my Everyday Life:

I know, I know…it’s really cheesy but I DON’T CARE 🙂

Just to Clarify

I just want to clear up a few things about yesterday’s post (What do you want to be when you grow up?)

The real reason I wrote the last post was because we ask that question all the time to high school seniors.  It’s more of a conversation starter than anything and most of them have no idea what they want to do with their lives (which is perfectly fine!) It just got me thinking about my life and all the things that I wanted to be throughout it.

I am not angry or mad at anyone.  I do not hold any grudges.  I was just stating things that happened within my life to give others an understanding.  That’s all I mean to do through this blog.  While I do have fun writing about whatever suits me, I also hope to inspire people or help them learn from my mistakes.  (Sometimes, too, people read a littledeepinto things which are not meant to be very deep (*wink wink* *nudge nudge* ‘say no more’)).

What I really should have done was not let others tell me that I could or could not do something with my life.  I should have said ‘screw it, if I want to do this, then I’m going to’, but I was a kid (under 10 years old kid).  So I don’t blame myself or anyone else.  I probably would have grown out of that phase on my own anyway.

For the most part, I feel that I don’t let others dictate what I should do.

In 5th grade, I was not picked to be in the advanced reading group even though I felt that I should be.  They were reading ‘Tuck Everlasting’ which I wanted to read too but was bascially told it was too hard for me so why even try.

Remember this book?!

So I basically told them ‘I’m going to read it anyway and I’ll show you’.  So I did.  My mom actually bought it for me from the Scholastic book thingy (thingy is the technical term by the way) that was handed out in class and then the books you had bought were given to you in class at a later date.  So that same 5th grade teacher (or reading teacher I dont remember now) who had told me I couldn’t read that book, was handing me that book.  I loved it!  It was one of my favorite books when I was young, and as far as I remember, I didn’t have any issues reading it.

So the moral of my story is, don’t let others dictate your life.  Live it for you.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Almost every time we were asked this as we were growing up, we had a different answer.

I can’t even count the times that I changed my mind throughout the years.

One of the first things I remember wanting to be was an artist, but was promptly told that artists don’t make any money so I turned my attention elsewhere (no body mentioned art fairs, and Etsy wasn’t around at that time).

Marine Biologist was a long time dream of mine, but then I got squeamish so that killed that dream.

My love of photography made me want to turn that into a career and I even had an aptitude test tell me that that’s what I should be.  During my first real photography class in high school I kept getting B’s and C’s back on my pictures (mostly C’s) so once again, I was back to the drawing board (figuratively because that doesn’t make money).

Psychologist was my next career choice.  I’d even made it my major in college but it was so difficult for me.  I’d had such a hard time retaining the material that I switched my major to advertising.  I found that I was good at it and it came easy for me so I figured that’s what I should be doing.

But in the three years since I’ve graduated, I feel like I don’t want to do advertising anymore.  I just don’t feel right about trying to sell a product that I don’t believe in, but that’s the job right?  You have no choice on the companies that want you to make an advertising campaign for them.  But how can I put all my effort into selling something that I know is harmful to people or unhealthy, etc?  I can’t do it.

So now, with a degree in advertising, I’m working at a photography studio that specializes in senior and family portraits.  I absolutelyLOVEmy job.  It’s a mix of office work, retouching, and studio assisting.

I just thought this was so funny and had to be included!

What is the point of this post?

Well, I look back at the dreams that I’ve had of what I wanted to be and I realize that because of others, I’ve changed my mind over and over.  I’ve let others dictate what I should do in life.

Being told that artists don’t make any money emphasized how important money was to that person and therefore should be to me.

Getting B’s and C’s (mostly C’s) back on my photography assignments was my teacher’s way of saying that he didn’t think I had the talent for it.

However, what one person finds beautiful, someone else my not…go to any art/craft fair and tell me if you love every single thing you see there, not gonna happen which shows that art, and life, are subjective.

Whatever my future children want to be in life, I want to support.  I don’t want to squash their dreams like mine were (even though I didn’t realize they were being squashed at the time).  If they decide one day they want to be a famous guitar player, and the next day it’s something else, well at least they’ll have a hobby.

So instead of having to figure out a specific thing that I want to do with my life, my new goal is to be happy doing whatever it is that I’m doing. I want to love what I do, no matter what it is.

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