I made it a habit

Back in high school, I wanted to be a photographer.

But there were essays to write and books to read and work that had to be done.

Homework.

I was so busy, which I think you can probably relate to. Everyone I know is so busy.

The problem was that if I wanted to spend time in beauty, I was going to have to figure out how to make it a habit. You know what helped? I found people who wanted to go outside too, and we made appointments to do so. It’s harder to cancel a commitment you’ve made to another person than it is to cancel on yourself.

At least, that’s how it is for me.

I didn’t realize it at first, but that work paid off. For the last three years now, I’ve headed out just about every single Saturday morning for a hike. I cancel other plans and say no to opportunities to be with people or attend fun events almost every single Saturday. Because that’s the day I get outside – no matter the weather – and make pictures of the places I visit.

For lots of photographers, what they do is art.

For me, it’s a habit.