This photo moves me. Truth be told, it’s ever so slightly soft, and though I’m a stickler for producing masterful imagery, sometimes the soul of an image out shines any imperfections the artist may be responsible for…and sometimes those “imperfections” are more of an asset to the end result than one could have anticipated. This is not the case for this image, but I think a little softness is acceptable/forgivable underwater. A perfect underwater moment is easy to miss, near impossible to recreate.
For me, this image represents the life I try to create for myself every day. Hopefully, over a lifetime, even with it’s many bumps and detours, it will ring true. I believe in living a simple life. Not a boring life. A simple life, centered around what is important to me. A life many may not deem worthy, but one that I’m proud of and that will leave this world a little brighter and more ready for the next. I love Hunter Thompson’s quote:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”‘
I find the masses are more concerned with preserving their youth, rather than burning through each phase of their life, devouring every last drop of energy, beauty, and wealth it has to offer, and eagerly moving onto the next. I’m not saying I don’t have any bouts of nostalgia. I’ve got two little ones…motherhood invented nostalgia. Nor would I want anyone to miss out on anticipation. She’s a bubbly little character that adds a lot of depth to the simplest things life has to offer (which usually end up being the most meaningful). Longing to round the next bend or crest the next hill in life is a slippery slope. Appreciate the road directly beneath you. Breathe in your surroundings. Stephen Grellet said it best:
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
“For I shall not pass this way again.” Words to live by.
Now that I’ve completely derailed my original thought (this is part of the reason I neglect blogging, my mind doesn’t travel in a linear path, nor am I willing to limit myself so…but that’s another blog post in and of itself)…this image. I want to move through life just like this. Goal orientated. Collecting the best life has to offer. Gracefully (that’s not gonna happen) and effortlessly by-passing the things that don’t bring me joy, weigh me down, and ultimately, devalue my journey. I want to cling to the treasured memories I’ve collected and the loving relationships I’ve developed and hold them close to my heart. A purposeful journey. A thoughtful journey. A loving journey.
If I can leave you with one thought today it would be: don’t allow social norms to dictate your quality of life. The quality of your life is solely dependent upon your decision to make it the best it can be.
Underwater Fashion photography: Jenn Bischof