2016 was a weird one. It was one of those years that felt more like a movie than real life. On the work front life was fantastic (new clients, my first proper gallery opening for my street photography, new company) on the personal front it was a roller coaster. I haven’t really used this blog much, apart from sporadic posts every now and then – mostly when I’m overseas. I always have these ideas of how I’ll write more, do more, post more. But then life gets in the way again and I just don’t.
I could say that this year will be the year of ‘me’. That it will be the year that I focus on the things that make me happy. And ideally I would love that, but truth be told I’m not one for grand ideas and new years resolutions that go out the window by the time that second cup of coffee gets cold as you find yourself, once again, browsing Reddit at 11am instead of replying to that email that you’ve been eyeballing since it landed in your inbox like a time bomb 4 hours ago. No no, I’m not making any of those resolutions. Instead I’m starting the year by taking responsibility.
It wasn’t 2016 that was shit. It was the choices that I made that ended up taking me into some shitty places, and you know what? That’s okay. Life is often unpleasant. It runs up behind you, kicks your foot out from under you and laughs as you fall on your face. The longer you linger upon the what ifs, the heartache, the anger, the annoyance, the greater the dissonance of it all becomes. I’m a thinker, I think about everything, all the time – I don’t switch off, and when I do the pause is brief. I thought this was a downfall, but I don’t think it is anymore. This year my goal is simple. Be who I am, with all the cracks and flaws and hangups, rough edges and odds but be forgiving, accept me for me. Think but don’t over-think, and be mindful, of myself and others.
I leave on Friday for a mini road trip up Route 62 – the goal of which is simple. Shoot all the things (with my camera) drink and eat good food, laugh with my mate and switch off. No more over thinking and worrying about things that are out of my hands. Maybe instead of making grand promises and goals I’ll aim to make small adjustments here are there, who knows.. maybe they end up making a big difference?
Who know’s maybe I’ll actually start writing and posting more on here too.
Happy 2017 friends – Here’s to the small things!
PS – Here are some shots of Cape Town that I haven’t posted on here.
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