This weekend, the United States officially removed BinLaden from power. It was a very joyous moment in a long, sometimes depressing story.
When things like this happen in the “real world” it really puts life in the “photography world” into perspective. It really is so important to balance your personal life with your photography life. We have things that happen to us professionally all the time – like dealing with a rude client or having Photoshop crash when we haven’t saved in 3o minutes…. hey it happens. At the time, it seems like such a terrible, crushing event. However, when we put things into perspective, most of our problems are pretty small in the grand scheme of things. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
One of the examples I always use is how people who are great at something usually have a big, big flaw. Take just about any field and choose a few of the people who are at the top or were at the top. In music, maybe Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elvis, John Lennon – everyone would agree they were at the top of the game – but they all end up a little bit crazy. Who is the most talked-about TV actor these days? Hands down, it is Charlie Sheen.
Maybe it is that small element of “crazy” that actually propels these to the top of their field- but it is all about sacrifice. You can’t be the best at too many things…. something has got to give.
For me, I’m trying my best to keep a balance- decide what things are most important to me and do them 100%. Everything else is just details.