This old photo shot on Velvia slide film is still one of my favorite photos and memories, and as good as any for my annual trip down memory lane. You see it was eight years ago that I left a wonderful job and took the big plunge into being a full time photographer – a decision I have never regretted. I could go on, but I would just be repeating what I wrote last year on my 7 Years and Counting post.
I heard about an interesting study reported on the news recently (NBC Nightly News I think). The researchers interviewed elderly people in retirement homes to find out about their lives, and what brought them happiness and regret. To greatly paraphrase the results, the thing that universally brought about the most regret was not having taken more risks in their life – risks they may have enabled them to pursue a dream or passion.
To this day I have to remind myself of this – I tend to be a bit risk adverse, and to this day I’m a bit surprised I did take such a huge leap. I have to give Janine much of the credit for this decision thanks to all her help and support. It reminds me of the great quote: “It is better to try and fail then to never try at all”.