Belinda – You’re An Inspiration To Us All.
Inspiration comes from many places. If I was to ask you, where do you get your inspiration from, there would be many different answers and all would be valid.
The older we get, we can allow things to stop us from doing what we love. We can put it in the too hard basket and instead of actually getting out and doing our passion, we can easily sit back and do nothing or allow things to convince us that we are better of staying home. It’s too cold. It’s too hot, I’m feeling tired and the excuses keep on going.
Now I do understand we are all at different levels of fitness and I do understand where some people’s situations will be more serve than others.
Think of the people that generally inspire us. How often have we been inspired by someone who is not as mobile as ourselves and yet they are determined still to enjoy the things in life that have always brought them joy.
My inspiration comes all sorts of quarters. It comes from people, God, photographs, people stories and simply being out on my own photographing in the middle of no where I get so inspired.
When people do my workshops I never take it for granted as this is a very competitive field and people have many choices to choose from and so when someone does choose one of my workshops, I am truly honored and never take this for granted.
Earlier I said my inspiration can come from people and Belinda who I am featuring in this blog is one such person.
Over the years she has had some nasty falls, which has resulted in concussion. That’s not a good thing. She loves photography and loves joy that brings to her. The more falls that she was having got her thinking that she was going to think outside the square to be able to still get out there and to enjoy her photography. She decided that if she was going to protect herself from falling she had to invest in a walker come chair whom she calls Rudolph.
Now Belinda and Rudolf go everywhere together and Belinda has done many of my tours and day workshops and I’m inspired each time I see Belinda set out to do her thing at her pace. I love seeing the immense joy that sweeps over her when she is out shooting. It is priceless and it is a lesson to us all.
My hat goes off to her as she could have allowed her falls to keep her at home, never to venture far. What inspires Belinda is her photography, what takes her mind set to another place, a place that is positive, a place that does her soul wonders, is actually being out in the field taking pictures.
To be able to fulfill your passion and in this case for Belinda it is photography. I know the enormous smile that comes across her face and her whole persona lifts because she is out fulfilling her passion through taking pictures.
Rudolf could easily be a 4WD walker as the places where Belinda has taken her Rudolf on my tours has been amazing at times.
The good thing about this is that Belinda decided that she wasn’t going to be trapped at home and that she was going to blossom through her photography. I know in the tours that she has done with myself, her photographic experience has excelled and not only has she grown as a photographer, blossomed in areas that she thought not possible, she has also made some wonderful new friends.
All of this has come about because Belinda wasn’t going to allow her situation to keep her bound at home. She was going to explore and explore that she does at her own pace. That’s the key to explore at your own pace, if you are not in a hurry you will see so much more whereas those in a hurry would walk right past.
Life is short in the context of time and so it is so important to be out there enjoying the things that move you and inspire you. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you are out there doing what brings you the most joy in your life.
Belinda dressed Rudolf up in the red flannel shirt, that was such an awesome thing to do as I ask no one to wear what they do and Rudolf wasn’t going to be left out.
Love seeing that big smile on Belinda’s face.
Belinda you are an inspiration buddy and keep taking pictures with Rudolf. Never forget what brings you joy and it is so moving to see you there exploring the joy of photography. You have a good heart and so glad that you put your new camera to the test on the last Mystery Tour.
Keep clicking away Belinda and keep enjoying that new camera. Pete:)