I write about waiting often because so much of our life is spent waiting. We, and society, put this pressure on ourselves that makes us always looking for more; what’s next? We don’t sit in moments long enough anymore to fully enjoy them, we are so quick to want to move on to the next season, always wondering what is the future going to hold for us?
I think waiting creates patience in us, it teaches us how to persevere, how to be uncomfortable but remain optimistic. When your waiting creates change, that is how you know you are flourishing.
We all have to grow in order to go where we need to go.
This past weekend I shot my last wedding. At least for a long, long time.
The day was amazing, the bridal party and vendors were so fun to work work and it helped that my bride was one of my good friends. So why am I saying this on here? Yes, I usually keep my photography business and travels separate, try to give the people what they want, right? But I wouldn’t have dug further into the travel blogging world if it weren’t for me stepping away from the wedding industry.
The past 7 years, when I wasn’t busy flying all over the world, I was shooting weddings on weekends, shooting proposals and portraits on my off days, and doing all the behind the scene things that it takes to run a business.
As a self taught photographer, I was proud of how successful things were, but the wedding industry isn’t a place to have one foot in and one foot out the door. I was juggling more than I could take and had to take a step back to re – evaluate my passions. I was waiting and wondering for what life looked life past being a wedding photographer.
I never saw myself as a full-time entrepreneur. Props to all who are!! But, I love my job as a flight attendant and all the perks and benefits that come along with it. I couldn’t see myself walking away from a 401k account and health insurance, only to be responsible for all of that myself. But also, I see the world through my camera. It’s how I express myself, so I wasn’t ready to sell my equipment and be done with photography forever. So that leads to how Takeoff with Tal was born!
We have to stretch past our fears of failure, our insecurities, doubts, comfort, and convenience and go after that next chapter.
I share this story of changing directions to say that whatever you are waiting for right now might seem unreachable. It may seem like you are going to be waiting forever, but the right moment is eventually going to be right in front of you and when it is, take the leap of faith and just go for it.