Wanted To Be A Photographer
(Lee's Summit, MO)
It's kind of funny that I stumbled across this information on your site. I've been thinking a lot lately about the things in life that I wanted to do, but didn't.
I always wanted to be a photographer, I love taking pictures of everything. But after High School, I took a job as a receptionist at a medical building hoping to earn money to go to school or take some classes. I have a lot to learn when it comes to photography.
I quickly found out how hard it was to be an adult. Between the hours I work and the bills that needed to be paid, there was very little time or money left over to follow my dreams.
Through the years, I've learned more about business than I intended and am currently the Office Manager. It's been 17 years since I graduated High School and it's been at least 13 or 14 years since I've given up on the idea of being a photographer. Life just gets in the way of our dreams some times.
And in reading your story of how you decided to build this website, I identify with you when you say that it takes courage to move away from the safety of your 9 to 5 job to follow your dreams and passions.
But after seeing how you've taken that step, I am now thinking I will enroll in some classes next semester at the local college. Even if it only ever ends up being a hobby, I figure it's better to have the things I enjoy in my life a little bit rather than not at all.
I think that I also experience a lot of stress from ignoring my passions. It sometimes feels like there's a whole other person deep inside of me that I've been silencing for years and the idea of letting that person back out (even if only a little) feels very good.
Thank you for letting people like me talk about this stuff and giving us inspiration to reconnect with our passions.