It is hard, sometimes, to remember that our future is full of nothing but potential. I love that the tiny pink flower in the center of this photo is already so beautiful and it hasn't even fully bloomed yet. When I was younger, I used to think that my life would just kind of work itself out. I thought that being an adult would be easy and that I would almost magically know the answers to all of life's questions. I thought that my purpose, my why, my drive, and my potential would coalesce out of thin air somehow.
It didn't. Big surprise, right?
It wasn't until much more recently that I finally (thankfully) realized that I have to actually be the author of my own future! I have to actually make choices about what I want my future to be. I have to work to create the future that I really want. For years, I would think to myself "it would be neat to be a photographer". And that is it. I didn't google how to become a photographer or watch YouTube videos about improving photography. All I did was envy the people who where so lucky to have such a kick-ass job. It's almost like it didn't even occur to me that photography was a possibility.
We all have unlimited potential ahead of us and I'm not sure why it took me so long to sort of connect the dots between my old "going with the flow" disposition towards the future and "Hey, if I want this to happen I need to actually do something to make it happen". I know that it is probably so obvious to some people, but it wasn't for me. Truthfully, it is all a little embarrassing to admit this, but hopefully, just maybe, this will help someone else realize that they still have potential to bloom.