by Skip Cohen
Yesterday was my birthday, and I only had one goal - to simply kick back and chill for the day. Nothing special, no big deal about making another trip around the sun - just a day off and time to hang out with Sheila and the pups. I was determined to get Friday's post up on my blog and then not go near the computer again for the rest of the day.
Halfway through the day, I wandered into Facebook to see what was going on. I love the notification page that captures what everyone shares throughout the day. Well, there they were, fifty or so friends and associates wishing me Happy Birthday...then LinkedIn kicked in...and throughout the day, hundreds of birthday wishes, plus a few very funny random phone and text messages from friends.
I've repeatedly said over the years that the best thing about this industry has absolutely nothing to do with photography directly but the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft. Through the last couple of years of dealing with the pandemic and the on and off isolation, nothing has meant more to me than the friendships and support from all of you.
When I went looking for a piece of stock photography I could use for today's post; the drawing above hit me. We're all independent, separate entities but connected in our roots and the common denominator of our love for imaging.
As I scrolled down all my birthday wishes this morning, I found myself longing for a convention and time to be with all of you physically. I clicked the "like" button on each birthday wish, but it just wasn't enough. I found myself feeling so lucky and blessed to be a part of an industry that truly is one giant family. Sure, we've got a few dysfunctional hockey pucks in our gene pool, but nothing beats the strength of our passion for the craft and each other.
Wishing all of you an incredible weekend, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the pure joy, smiles, and wishes. It's just a birthday, but as you get older, they become more cherished, as do the friendships made along the way.
There are friends, there is family.
and there are friends who become family!
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