If you're a regular reader then you're used to me headed off in directions other than photography on Sunday mornings. The SCU blog is coming up on it's second anniversary this month and it just seems like a perfect time to share one of my most favorite videos that always makes me smile.
Ben Aaron is an NBC reporter with a flair for creativity and hitting on topics near and dear to all of us. One of them relates to the challenge of aging. I found this video early last year when writing for BeAwareBetterCare.com, the blog for the Friendship Centers here in Sarasota. Having spent some quality time with my 92 year old Dad over the holidays, this video is something I can see him and a few of his friends doing.
Just two fun points this morning. First, even for a video like this that's on YouTube, I did contact Ben for permission to share it. That's something I wish a few more artists would do in 2015. Just a couple days ago a member of one of the forums I'm involved in was nailed, and deserved it, for stealing somebody else's images. Honestly, I don't get it...we're not a career field where you can steal another artist's work and then build your business on a skill set you don't have!
My second point is more personal...we're all aging and while there are days when I recognize I'm not in the same shape I was twenty years ago, age is just a number. You're only as old as you think you are. The senior citizens in this video couldn't be having more fun and that's really my second point! Let's put that too often forgotten word, "fun" back into our lives and business. Let's get back to taking the time to have more fun.
In the months ahead most of us are going to be together at the various conventions...it's the most fun time in photography because we'll be meeting each other in person...no email, no texts, no blog posts or arguments over an image somebody posted in a forum...just good old fashioned FUN!
So, I'm wishing all of you this morning a day filled with fun...a day filled with a focus on what's truly important in your lives - your family, your friends and your own heart. Make it a good one because today will be yesterday in fifteen hours.
Happy Sunday everybody!
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