Two Goals: Hand-In-Hand

A construction site near my home. Found while out on a walk. I love how the wind is blowing snow off the roof, a photo I would have missed if I had stayed inside.

In an effort for self-improvement, I have made two new goals for myself (among other things).  First, I would like to get out and practice my photography more.  Second, I want to be a little more active.  One thing I’ve learned over the years is that it’s always best to have a plan in order to meet any goal.  For example, if my goal was to run more, I might sign myself up for a few 5k races staggered throughout the year (and I have done that in the past).  But I surprised myself when I realized how well my two latest goals can compliment each other.

Part of my plan to be more active is to take a few walks each week.  Weekdays will be a little more difficult as the work week can get in the way, especially during the short days of winter.  But I do expect things to get easier as days get longer.  Weekends are much easier.  As a family, we try to get out and do things whenever we can: A craft fair, historical society event or a benefit walk.  On down weekends, I sometimes get out on my own.  We live in the middle of an old town (most of the structures were built in 1910-1930), so there are plenty of places to wander.

My plan to get out and shoot photos more is very simple.  I plan to carry a camera at all times.  Usually it’s my Fujifilm X100s, which has become indispensable to my craft.  But on some occasions, I will carry one of my other cameras as well.  Otherwise, I plan to get out as often as possible with my cameras to wander with camera-in-hand.

Today I took a 3 mile walk with my camera.  It was cold and windy, but it gave me plenty of time to snap some photos and think.  And it occurred to me that I was basically killing two birds with one stone:  I was being more active and I was shooting more.  The cold windy day could easily have been an excuse to stay inside.  But the recent snowfall and the windy conditions created a wonderful set of photo opportunities that motivated me to go outside in the first place.

So I expect I’ll continue to use my photography to help me be more active, and I’ll use my activity to motivate me to get out and shoot.  Seems like a benefit to both causes.  There don’t appear to be any drawbacks.  That’s a win-win scenario if I ever saw one.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkein