“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing.” - Seneca
One thing I feel like i’ve learned in my 30’s is to enjoy the present, it truly is sufficient. It is very easy to think and act a certain way by thinking of something that may or may not happen in the future, especially if it is something that is supposed to happen in a specific way you want to happen. When I work and do in the moment, embracing it, taking my time, I have learned that better results happen in more ways than one. In my case I previously would tend to think a lot about the future and it would have me slack in the present, getting less done and instead thinking about what I can do to achieve a certain arbitrary thing. Deciding on bringing the blog back, and really, myself back to how I am distributing content onto the internet and social media has been so fruitful. The way I am operating the blog is a prime example, even though I have things planned out for later dates, I am actually working and enjoying my work within the moment not just the blog, but actually photographing and living the art life. If I were to operate this blog like a did years ago, I would be thinking of tomorrow and what should I make a post tomorrow and it just is a bunch of what’s. I have been doing a lot more studies whether its online or in books lately as well, being organized has for sure made me a better artist. I still will be thinking forward though as well, because I think that is a positive way to think. It becomes a problem when you depend on the future to change something, or solve something, or just end up how you think it should. The actual doing is the variable as well, and that’s why focusing on the now is the key to long term thinking. Thinking about the future and not actually doing the thing won’t get far.
“Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson