After spending a "cozy" night sleeping in my car on some remote mountain road, I stumbled out of the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest mid-morning. Fortunately, the road led me to this beautiful lake. The perfect spot for my next shoot AND some much-needed rest on the lake-beach!
Have you ever tripped and totally fallen on your face when no one was looking?
I did while shooting this new work. I was on top of this rock on the shore, taking pictures while "stepping." I was barefoot but had to land on sharp rocks so I was being extra careful (plus I was on the side of that rock was a foot or two above the water). Well somehow I landed on my big toe and my whole body came tumbling down the rock.
OUCH. Yes, it hurt my body... but it also hurt my pride!
Ironically, this picture I was shooting is about FINDING YOUR STEP!
bahahaha i think that's funny!
Thankfully I could get back up and keep going with some minor scratches and a bruised ego. I quickly reminded myself how fortunate this fall happened when I was only 100 feet away from my car and didn't have to hike for miles like on other shoots!
When I shot this artwork last summer, I knew I wanted it to be about learning how to find your footing on unknown paths.
⭑ I wanted to remind us that the next step is not always straightforward, but it is nearby.
⭑ I wanted to validate that there is a risk in taking steps and that it is normal to feel nervous. And that is okay.
But you have to step anyway.
What I didn't know is how timely it would be when it was finally time to launch.
Since this coronavirus pandemic hit, we are all on this adventure together of figuring out what is next, both for ourselves, for our families, for our nation, for the world. We are all adjusting. It's normal that we are all a bit nervous. It's normal that it's chaotic right now.
But we will get the hang of it! You will get the hang of this and navigate your new way!
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, may you feel the courage you need to take that next step! You can do it!