It has been a little over two years since my coworker and friend, Jayme, passed away at age 24. The picture of health and all of a sudden she had a massive heart attack that she never recovered from. That was the moment in my life when I decided things were going to be different. I wasn’t going to spend my life living to work. I wasn’t going to be at a job I wasn’t madly passionate about just because it paid the bills. I was going to live without regret and more importantly really follow my dreams. That was two years ago and I still hadn’t changed a thing about my life. I thought about it a lot. Even dreamed of it but never did anything until four days ago when I put in my two weeks at work to pursue photography full time!!!
I honestly thought this moment was at least two years down the road but I reached that point where I just knew I had to jump and find my wings. I know it’s not going to be easy, infact, I suspect it’s going to be really hard for at least a year or so. I know I am going to have to work harder for myself than I did for anyone else. And I know there are going to be months where just paying the bills is going to be a struggle. But I also know I won’t fail. I know I am going to be ok and I hope that I am even going to be happy. I don’t want to look back on my life years from now and regret all the chances I never took.
I am really looking forward to being able to focus on the things I am passionate about which are photography, family and friends. I want to be someone I am proud of. Making good money doing something I am not passionate about doesn’t make me proud. Following my dreams and taking chances….well, it’s a good start. For the first time in a very long time, I am really excited about my future!