During part of our homeschool today, we read the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. Funny how I am still learning lessons that childhood teaches.
While reading we learned anew that it isn’t always the fast starting talent that wins the race. The slow and steady tortoise teaches us that with focus, steady effort, and humility we can reach our goals.
Sounds good, anyway. While success isn’t promised to those who play fair, there is satisfaction in the right kind of focus and perseverance.
I mean, really there is! The thing is… there is a lot of nasty out there among photographers. There are some that seek to derail the careers of others for their own gain through telling falsehoods, public bashings, and etc… There are those who steal and copy. Like I said, a lot of ugly goes on. Much of it seems rooted in desperation to be a social media kingpin rather than an actual photographer. It’s sad. I’m thankful to avoid that behind the scenes mess, but I have watched others navigate this sort of thing.
But you know what? There is also real fellowship and camaraderie out there, too! There are those that want to see you make it just as much as they want to see themselves make it. They walk beside you. If they are in front of you, its only to lead the way. It shows in their work and the way they seek to inspire you to see what you might not have seen. When you find that, it is gold. When you can genuinely cheer on others walking the same path that says a lot about you. If you have to destroy others to get where you are going, that also says a lot about you. Like a ladder in your tights, it will show.
Like Dolly said:
You’re in the same boat
With a lotta your friends
Waitin’ for the day your ship’ll come in
The tide is not guaranteed to turn as she says but, trust me, it’s no gain to reach the top by trampling on others. At the end of the day it should be about the art, not the accolades. At least that is how I see it.
Find those fellow photographers that will encourage you to reach your potential through both cheers and constructive critiques. I have been blessed by this kind of community over the years. Truly, there are some amazing women in my life saying, “Yes, you can!”
Stay slow and steady. Work with humility and grace. Let your work speak for itself. Promote truth. Keep improving.
The thing about dreams is that they come to life with hard work and the right support. If you have to hurt others to win, you’ve already lost.