I have a list. I call it my goals and aspirations list. Some people might call it a wish list but I would rather use a word that made the things on the list feel achievable and within reach.
The list has some big goals on, such as travel round South Africa. It also has smaller goals on. It is usually the smaller goals which are more important to you as an individual. They are more unique!
I am proud to say I have ticked a small goal….
And in ticking the small goal decided to aim to improve it even more!
What am I on about? Well since being a small girl I would get incredibly excited about thunderstorms. I loved the lightning. It use to scare me and make me jump so I would sit with my German Shepard cross dog, Max and watch the storms. Max was not bothered by the lightning, or the thunderclaps. He even liked fireworks! He would sit beside me like a stone statue, oozing calmness and showing me I had to be unflinchingly brave. These are happy memories. These memories are probably why I feel so excited and happy when there is a thunderstorm. It is an emotional association.
I have always dreamed of storm chasing to capture the perfect lightning bolt on camera. I have jumped in my car during many storms and desperately tried to race them to the highest point. Always without success.
I am now in a country where tropical storms are the norm. To my sheer joy and excitement two nights ago a huge thunderstorm descended on Perth. I stayed up most of the night to watch it. I also grabbed my camera, set up a make shift tripod using the balcony window ledge and a block of clay to lift the lens. My dad always taught me to use what was available, that you didn’t have to carry around a heavy tripod, there was always something to lean on.
I was jumping up and down clapping louder than the thunder when I captured my first lightning bolt. Believe me, it took a lot of patience and trail and error but then most things which you really want to achieve do.
I am now on a mission to improve these shots….practice will make perfect. My small goal has become a new desire and passion.
Own your desires and passions, even the small ones, because they are what make you uniquely you and who knows where they could take you!