“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar
Everyone can be distracted. Life can be a distraction. We all have things going on that it is hard to ignore. Let’s be real, we have been living through a global pandemic for the last two years, and it looks like there is no end in sight. The pandemic has been a major part of my job as an educator. From daily masking to the over looming threat of having to teach over Zoom again. That’s only the pandemic stuff. There are of course the daily distractions of being a teacher. I have to have something that will help me get my focus right. For me it is two things, riding my bike and photography. I try to ride my bike at least one time on the weekend depending on the weather. I usually ride at least 8 miles. It helps me clear my head and re-center myself on what matters. Some of my best ideas for teaching come from riding my bike. Exercise is a great way to clear the mind. Photography does the same for me too. I have been trying for the last couple of years to do more than just snap photos. I have to been trying to learn more skills and practice with different tools. Just recently I bought some filters for my camera to see if I can improve some of the shots I am taking.
A couple of tools I used for this post is my crystal ball and mini-tripod. I took these photos on the last bike ride I went on. The mini-tripod helps when taking shots with the crystal ball because I am able to keep the camera off the ground. It was very clear day, and I took advantage by bringing these items with me. This is one of my favorite spots at Freedom Park in Charlotte. You have the stone bridge in the background, and the fountain in the front. If swipe to the next shot, you will see the full view of it. It looks like something you would see in a landscape painting. Photography for me is a great way to use my mind for more artistic expression. It stretches me in new areas, and I enjoy it at the same time.