By Sheila Arkee
Although I generally don’t feel my age, I just turned 35 and more and more I’m realizing that life is going by very quickly. I’m at a point where I’m seeing my friends and families grow older and one thing I’ve noticed is that the ones who have a passion project are the ones who are generally happier. For me, that passion project is photography.
When I graduated from college in the late 90’s, I was on a mission to become a high-powered executive. I got a job in the big city, took the subway into work every day, and made having a corner office my ultimate goal. Considering how my life has taken a more creative path since then, it’s funny to think how I once wished I could have a wardrobe of snappy pants suits at my disposal.
Although I thought I was living my dream, I was also extremely stressed out to the point where my eyelashes were falling out. Stress was my friend, and I thought it was absolutely normal to feel anxious, to be sleep deprived and not have much of a balance between work and living my life.
After a few years of corporate life, I took a leap into the creative world, and I dare say it was the best decision I have ever made. However, life is all about changes, and I never would have known in my early 20′s that I’d end up a single mom of a special needs child, which is a whole other bag of stress entirely. I get through it all with the help of my Nikon D90.
As my life has changed, I have learned the importance of stopping to smell the roses, and also to photograph them. Photography has been a big part of my life for the past few years, and it’s something I have a lot of enjoyment with, particularly nature photography. There’s just something about the sound of a shutter on a DSLR that sends a surge of excitement in my body.
If there’s one thing I know, it’s the importance of having activities that are outside of your typical obligations and duties. We all need to have these things in our lives because balance is important. Stress is passé, I have to say, and I’m looking forward to enjoying a happy, healthy life taking photos for many years to come.
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