Thursday, June 16, 2011
A few weeks back I shared a link on Facebook to an article that I wrote three years ago. It was an article about heading out on the road, and on my own to create a photographic life and business from the asphalt up.
I was very moved a few hours later when I checked my phone and saw how many people had responded to my post. It was truly humbling to see all of the comments, “Likes” and even personal messages from people I have met along this journey. One friend even suggested I write a response post about what I have learned in all of this.
So here it is; what I have learned.
I have learned that you can do anything you put your mind to, but that most people don’t take that idea seriously. I have learned that the only way to accomplish anything, no matter how monumental, is to just begin. I have learned that fear is our only enemy, and that you can become comfortable with different levels of it. I have learned what it is to sacrifice. I have learned I can depend on myself, but that life is much better shared. I have learned that the world is full of critics, but that you are the one who lives with your decisions. I have learned to always be honest in all of my dealings, but to still be mindful of others’ intentions. I have learned more patience, humility, respect and sincerity. I have learned to keep the people I love in my life. I have learned about loss, about pain, about hardship and about privation. I have learned about rejection and I have learned about disappointment. I have learned about self-doubt and its crippling toll. I have learned about optimism and it’s power to overcome. I have learned about confidence. I have learned about the sweet taste of success when it is rightfully earned. I have learned that working hard is my only option. I have learned to be positive no matter what. I have learned that if things are looking grim, life is giving you an opportunity to step up and turn it all around, an opportunity to learn what you are made of and use that for the rest of your life. I have learned that a person will show their character in their eyes, but that you must first be aware enough to see it. I have learned about beauty and about inexplicable moments. I have learned about happenstances that seemed too coordinated to be chalked up to chance. I have learned about hellos and about goodbyes. I have learned about driving away from people and I have learned about driving toward people. I have learned about passion and I have learned about process. I have learned about perseverance and I have learned about strength. I have learned to live, I have learned to dream and I have learned to be.
I have learned about my own life.
Some of those lessons stripped me to my very core, while others lifted me higher than I could have ever imagined. If there is one thing to take away from all of this, it is that I will be forever grateful for the journey that has brought me to this point, and I am really looking forward to the journey that is still ahead. This is just the beginning.
To read the articles I wrote about my journey for Canoe & Kayak Magazine during the first four of my thirty months spent on the road, please follow these links:
“Every search begins with beginners luck, and every search ends with the victors being severely tested.”
-- Quote from “The Alchemist”
- Posted by Trevor Clark
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