I feel like grandma and I saw a lot of commercials for Canada this weekend, with the tag line, “just breathe.” It’s a great reminder really, and something I’ve been trying to do more of while taking a break from blogging and shooting. I really needed to step back, clear my head, and refocus. I tried to push through this wall for months, but ultimately decided it was time to take a break. That’s why I’ve gone silent the past 6 weeks.
I still don’t feel like I’m in the headspace I want to be in, but I’m getting closer. At the very least, I’ve realized that I simply don’t have enough “me time” to have a life, because I’m almost always taking care of gram, or managing things around the house. It’s hard to be creative with all of these responsibilities! The lack of “me time” has taken its toll and put me in this position where I’m not that happy.
I’m a spontaneous guy and need much more freedom to do what I want to do, whenever I want. Funny enough, I did find Freedom. There is literally a town in Cali called Freedom. I wasn’t really aware of it, until I drove through it on highway 1, on my way to Big Sur, which is where I’ve escaped to twice in the past week….in search of some freedom.
Yesterday, instead of trying to find great shots of McWay Falls, I sat on one of the benches and just breathed, while listening to relaxing music. Honestly, the light leaves a lot to be desired in the morning and midday for this location, if you’re looking to take photos. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow for sunset shoots these days, so I went just for the fresh air. I found myself taking in more of the scene, and I observed how others were taking it all in too. So many people ran in, snapped their pic with their phone, or ipad, and hiked out moments later, without really soaking it all in.
Next time you find yourself in a beautiful spot, take a moment to just breathe.