Having just started my blog, I spend a fair amount of time looking for good information on how to better my writing and photography skills, how to market my blog, how to use social media, etc. The list just goes on and on. It’s both exciting and incredibly intimidating.
Today I came across a really good article on travel photography by Matthew Karsten, owner of the Expert Vagabond blog. I noticed he had a story about a visit to the Lofoten islands in Norway. Being from Norway, I always like to see what people have to say about it. Both his pictures and narrative style are absolutely beautiful. I have a lot of work ahead of me if I want to produce work of that quality. Before long I fell into dejected thoughts along the lines of “Well, if this is the goal, how can I hope to be successful?”
I know I’m not alone in experiencing these little moments of plummeting self-confidence. Realistically, it’s probably something we all experience from time to time. In any case, I recognized what was happening and hastily inserted a thought about what a ridiculous thing it is to react to something so beautiful with such negative thoughts. This tendency to allow our egos to stand center stage as we experience the world around us is simply not very helpful.
One of the things I love about seeing new places is that moment when your thoughts come to a stop and your senses take over. That moment when you’re just so happy to be there, drinking in the sights and sounds. When your ego becomes secondary to an enormous awareness of the wonders of life. You don’t need an Eiffel Tower or a Statue of Liberty to experience it. It doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime type of sensation. It can just as easily happen as you catch sight of a deer in the wood or discover a parade of leaf cutting ants.
Travel is exciting whether you stay close to home or fly off to far flung places. Someone else’s idea of a far flung place may very well be your own metaphorical back yard. What matters most is not the uniqueness of the destination but rather our own ability to find meaning and purpose in the experience. Life is exactly what we make of it.