Searching for Shelter – Part 2

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In the last post, which you should totally check out first by clicking here, I headed out in search of shelter. Both a literal shelter that exists along a stretch of local trail and in a more intellectual way as I was struggling with my motivation and wondering why I just couldn’t seem to gain any traction.

That always breaks my heart, seeing someone just give up on something they had a passion for.

It’s a tough game to play, even harder to come out victorious on the other side. Too often I think we photographers get “lost in the reeds” and end up feeling too defeated and just call it quits… That always breaks my heart, seeing someone just give up on something they had a passion for. As long as I have the ability, I’ll never give up on creative pursuits. Those pursuits may change and evolve over time, may switch genres completely, but I’m just wired in a way that leaves me feeling down and even depressed if I can’t enjoy the simple act of creating something. Be it photos, videos, music….heck even someday maybe I’ll try my hand at woodworking or painting. As long as I have something I can work at creating, I’m in balance and I’m happy.

As long as I have something I can work at creating, I’m in balance and I’m happy.

As I continued my hike, I was overcoming more and more obstacles. Not just the physical obstacles like the terrain and snow I was trudging through, but the mental obstacles like feeling frustrated about my photography. I started to feel my mind shift. I could feel a bit of a weight drop off of me, the stress and frustration starting to melt away into not so much a satisfaction but more of a calmness and peacefulness. A feeling that comes from pushing yourself physically and mentally and realizing that pushing ourselves in that way helps to unburden the mind from the stress that too often clouds our ability to truly just enjoy what is all around us. I was finding my place of peace and it was most welcome.

I was finding my place of peace and it was most welcome.

You’ll see as part two of this adventure unfolds, I was finding more opportunities to enjoy the land around me. I was SEEING things better and I was starting to open up to the beauty of the northwoods that had been there all along. I was finding my shelter. The crazy thing is that by searching and then finding my shelter, it only spurred me on to want to go explore again. To see what was just up around the next corner, to go find out what that other stretch of trail looked like and to, most importantly, keep exploring with an open mind and remember to just enjoy life instead of letting the doubt and negativity creep in.

most importantly, keep exploring with an open mind and remember to just enjoy life instead of letting the doubt and negativity creep in.

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