They say that it’s all about the Journey, not the Destination. But for some people, the obstacles that they encounter during the journey are enough reason to not take the journey at all. But what if we stop seeing obstacles as stoppers and start seeing them as challenges or tests that we need to pass in order to move forward? What if we took those limitations and turned them into sources of lessons to be learned to help us grow?
When I started in photography I used to think that I was never going to advance in my career because I didn’t have the latest camera, nor the appropiate lighting equipment, nor I had the contacts in the industry to help me get the jobs. Thankfully, I didn’t let any of those things stop me and I was able to work with those limitations and eventually overcome them. And now that I look back I feel like those limitations were necessary for me to learn that it’s not the camera, it’s the eye, or that if you don’t have contacts then you have to go out and get them.
Accepting your limitations is the first step. And don’t be afraid to admit that you have them, everyone does. The important thing is to do something about them. You can embrace them and work with what you have, work around them and look for alternative paths or overcome them and get rid of them completely. But you should never let them stop you.
Take as an example what happened to me today during London’s heat wave. I accepted my limitation (I can’t stand the heat), tried to embrace it and work with what I have (stripped to my undies, didn’t work), tried to work around it and look for alternative paths (not enough money to fly to Iceland) and finally decided to overcome the obstacle (went out and bought a fan). But I didn’t let the heat wave prevent me from writing my weekly post.
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