How are things going on your end? I feel like we haven’t spoken in ages – it’s been much too long. So here’s a little letter to remind you that I think of you often.
So something happened to me yesterday and I knew I had to share it with you. Yesterday was what I like to call my “re-evaluation day”. It’s a day where I evaluate the last six months quantitatively and then make plans accordingly for the next six months.It was my favourite part of the “re-evaluation day”, the part where I write down all of my thoughts, ideas and dreams for the future (for some reason if they aren’t on paper they don’t feel official – silly, I know).
It really made me think about vision. As a photographer, I’m pretty much obsessed with vision – with seeing, with communicating visually (you, of all people, know what I mean). But I’m not talking about that kind of vision. I’m talking about the vision that we have as human beings to look into the future. We are so lucky to have this extraordinary imagination which allows us to simply close our eyes and pretend that we are exactly where we want to be. Where are you when you close your eyes and envision yourself in five years time? Are you in that “happy” place where all of your dreams today have come true? (where is that place? tell me about it.)
It’s funny because I came to a realisation. I know that when we finally get to that place of “success” .. the dreams of today, the ones we worked so hard to achieve, will seem all so insignificant. By today’s standards we will have “made it”, but our vision will be so advanced and matured that it will feel like it was all “no big deal”… And our new focus, our new “vision”, will be the dreams of tomorrow. It’s part of human nature, isn’t it? Never being content, always pushing to achieve more, do better and be better.
So – how about, just for today, instead of closing your eyes and thinking of where you want to be in five years time – why don’t you close your eyes and think of where you were five years ago. Pretend that you are there, five years younger. It is April 2007 and you are in your bed laying awake at night wondering how you will ever make those dreams a reality.
If only you could have seen yourself now, you would have known that there was nothing to worry about.
I am SO proud of you, my friend. Even if it doesn’t feel like it all the time, it is easy to see that you have come such a long way.
It is a reason to celebrate. So join me tonight, pour yourself a glass of your favourite drink (i’m curious, what will it be? wine? champagne? orange juice?) and have it in honour of the achievements that you have had the pleasure of accomplishing over the past five years.
I will be here, in England, with a glass of wine fondly remembering where I was five years ago, and I will be soaking up the good vibes and feelings of accomplishment.
Yes. We “made it”.
I will be thinking of you!
PS – In case you didn’t catch on, this letter is for YOU! Yes, you, sitting there staring into this screen. If you enjoyed this post and have some responses live on the wild side and leave them in the comments (check out the grey coloured words above for participation points). And if you TRULY enjoyed this post, share it with your friends. I want as many of us to be celebrating ourselves tonight!
P.S. I’ve been listening to this non stop!