For all sad words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are these,
“it might have been.”
— John Greenleaf Whittier
Have you ever had an instinct warning in the back of your mind that if you continued doing whatever you were doing at the time, you would inevitably lose your mind — or at the very least, lose your way. Are you even curious what might have been if you stop the routine and change the path?
That feeling occurred last year around this time before I decided to stop being a blogger— as in not blogging regularly, and to focus on being a photographer. The result has been unimaginable. I was able to devote all my time & energy to pursue new techniques, to do conceptual works, and to tap a bit closer into fine art. It was quite an exciting year. Out of all my works in 2017, these are my fondest. (All images are copyright protected. Please do NOT use ANY OF MY IMAGES without prior permission.) see more here.
This year, that feeling occurred again and this time around, I decided to quit Facebook— as in I deleted the account, not just deactivated it. In the virtual world consists of 99% filler 1% truth, I chose to take myself out of equation to calm down. Facebook has brought us closer, but not really. In my opinion, the gap between sincerity and insecurity has spread even farther apart, and I wept for the good old days when technology hadn’t yet caught up with our existing emotion.
All those years on FB, with no self-controlled, I missed the opportunity to explore my mind through good books, arts, poetry etc. There are so many inspirations to enjoy, so little time to explore, and yet, those hours I could have spent wandering through, I used them scrolling through other people’s meals, travel photos, kids, exercise routines and whatnot. I chuckled thinking about it. I do miss my friends though, that’s a downside, but my real friends will always be my friends even if we only talk occasionally.
As the “New Year resolution” time comes near, I hope you decide to do something that has been nagging you– something you are long to try, but have been afraid of the consequences. What’s the worst that could happen? Either way, I’m sure you would rather know than not.
Merry Christmas to all of you, and I wish you the best 2018 to come.
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