I took this photo in 2009. In fact, I took several photos of this tree back then. If you check one of my previous blog posts you may see a post with a photo of the same tree from another angle. Yes, the tree looks different, you are right. You see now, 4 years later, I know a lot more about post processing, contrast, levels, curves, textures, contrast, structure, details, etc. So a same or similar photo can look a lot different the second time around. That is kind of the message of this post.
So many things can change in 4 years. This time four years ago, during that flood in 2009, I felt like that tree: Alone and battling storms, one after another. Now in 2013 there was another huge flood in East Peoria, around the same time it took place in 2009, just 4 years later. But although the events are similar, the feeling is different. I am in such a different place. So much has changed.
The change took place in just a couple of years. Not a lifetime, not 20 years, not 15, not forever… just a few years. But things have not changed only for me, but also for a lot of people I know. Some of those people are friends and others are acquaintances. Some got married, some got divorced; relationships started and ended; some people moved to a new home, others moved to a new state. Jobs were switched, and some were lost. Friendships were strengthened and others were weakened. One of my best friends is now a mother, not of one, but of two kiddos. Boats were acquired and boats were sold. In a nutshell things change, but not only for me, it changes for everyone.
Which clearly shows that, really, the only constant is Change. So whatever you are going through at this time, remember, in a little while that too shall pass. It won’t take a lifetime, it won’t take 20 years, it will take a little while, but it will change. So if you are currently feeling like this tree, and feel like the weather, storm, conditions or flood is kicking your ass. Just remember, you are not alone; and that with strength, perseverance, persistence and faith you will get over it. In situations like this I feel you have maybe about 3 things to do:
- Complain, fuss, be miserable and whine about it, while doing nothing.
- Do what you need to do to change it.
- Ignore it and go through the motions.
I decided to do number two. I also decided to enjoy every moment without worrying about what will, would, or can happen too far in the future. As the future is never guaranteed. Enjoy your present, push through your storm and come out of it stronger. How will you decide to handle your tough stretch?