By McKenzi Taylor
This past weekend has been an exploration of patience for me; if nothing else. Let me explain, but first a little note to my friends and family from SoDak….
I have been fortunate to be able to make plans with so many friends and family while I have been in town and so many people went to great lengths just to come see me for an hour or two. I’m ever grateful for the amazing people that I knew growing up in South Dakota and going to college. Truly… you are all my sunshines and I love ya!
Now, back to the patience talk… This thought started because I decided to make a spontaneous trip home. Why? Honestly, I figured I’d take advantage of my ability to make my own schedule and do what I want and June is a much better month to visit the Midwest than December. I was lucky to fly on a “buddy pass” for this trip but that also meant there was a chance I wouldn’t be able to get on my flight if it was full. So I made the decision to keep my trip a little under wraps until I absolutely knew I could make it there. Once I arrived in South Dakota, I made my plans which is something I would never normally do. I normally plan things out far in advance and to a T.
I hate being bored, I hate waiting around, I hate being unproductive with my time. This was a new experiment for me and it’s been challenging but not horrible.
I have realized I love the IDEA of being free, spontaneous and adventurous… but it’s not easy to achieve these ideals without being pretty damn patient, which is something I’m developing and trying to hone as I grow older. I think being patient is such a rare quality to have, especially in this instantaneous society we live in today. Nearly everything we do is instant…. Once I take photos for a session, my first thought is “man, i should have taken a few with my iPhone so I could upload those right away.” Instead, I rush home, spend a few hours running through a couple of the images that were my favorite and upload those. That’s as instant as I can get with RAW images and a little bit of color correction.
This trip has taught me to really think about whether being so instant is so necessary or if it’s really even that fulfilling. It really has be wondering…
I’ve spent a great deal of this trip, waiting… If any of your know me, that’s not something I’m very good at. I like to wait for nothing. I like to send a text message and get a reply within 10 seconds (I’m sure Matt can attest to this more than anyone), I like to see how many people see an image on Facebook and feel overly satisfied when I get a few “likes” within the first few minutes. (As I wrote that I contemplated deleting it, but is so true and so disgusting that I had to leave it).
Patience, really is a virtue. My photography business has been my biggest test of patience but my next goal is to really work on just being. And “being” really does require a significant amount of patience.
Here’s to being spontaneous, adventurous and patient!