I feel compelled to blog this today. Because it moved me deeply. I read lots of other photography blogs, for inspiration, for help, for simple knowledge. It’s a community, and we’re pretty awesome at sharing each other’s stuff around. Today, on Facebook, I have about four different photography Pages who shared the link to a specific blog post. So, of course, I needed to read it. And when I was finished crying, I knew I needed to share too.
Once you’re done wiping your tears, remember how valuable life is. I’m not posting this to try to tell you to book a session. Or to order prints so I can make a profit.
I’m writing this because I am a photographer who knows the value of life. I know the pain of losing someone too soon. I know what hearing the word “cancer” is like. I know that the photos I have will last far longer than I will. I know, because I’ve seen it all happen. So I’m writing this to tell you my advice, to tell you my abridged list of things I came up with to do before your time is up.
Never take life for granted.
Take a chance on something.
Take photos every day.
Laugh at anything YOU think is funny.
Make a mess.
Spend that $20 in your wallet on a stranger.
Love someone completely wrong for you.
Love someone completely right for you.
Go skinny dipping.
Kiss on New Years Eve.
Throw a huge party and invite everyone you know.
Adopt a shelter pet.
Send a message in a bottle.
Record a song.
Dance to the song in your head.
Hug your parents whenever you can.
Support a solider.
Sleep outside under the stars.
Tell your best friend(s) what they mean to you.
Say “I Love You” when you love someone.