The past couple of months have been an interesting journey. At the very start of the course my whole life was literally picked up and moved, as my wife and I moved house. It was a big upheaval, pretty stressful as well saying goodbye to a trusty flat that had looked after us and protected us, then onto the unknown in a new house. In the process it has been hard getting settled in the new house, working and also getting going with the next unit on my pathway.
To top it all off I have been struggling with a chest infection and sinus problems which has left me mostly stuck to sleeping in a chair every night and not getting much if any studying done or photography, which has been incredibly frustrating. Not leaving the house for nearly a week didn’t really do me any favours either. My soul sings in a better harmony when I can get outside into the woods, see nature and wildlife but most importantly take photographs!
I have found myself sat reading sometimes just watching the light in the living room as it passes by the back window and hits the fireplace or casts shadows in the room. Looking at the textures of a plant and how watching it grow, it doesn’t rush it just does what it needs to do and things get done, a little bit every day. Which drew me to this quote I have on a scroll in my study room:
“Nature Does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished” Lao Tzu
I had spent a lot of time planning out all my studies on my study planner and I felt I may have failed at the first hurdle. I guess one advantage of the OCA is being able to study at your own pace and dip in and out of your studies or study flexibly. All the time sat at home has given me the opportunity to think and also do some reading from the essential and recommended reading list for ‘Context and Narrative’. I think perhaps my body was giving me the hint to slow down for a moment and take stock of everything.
I have added a couple of new bits of camera gear over the past couples of months, notably a big Nikon lens 200-500mm, a Gimbal head for the big lens, a new battery grip as well as an array of books for the course.
Sometimes it can be beneficial to just stop, be thankful for what you have, accept where you are and where you are going. Don’t be in a hurry to get to your destination, remember to enjoy the ride!