Give It the Name Experience

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

We all make mistakes. No matter how hard we try, there will be something that causes us to fall short. The question isn’t are we going to make a mistake, but what are we going to do when we make a mistake. As a teacher, there is always that overwhelming feeling that mistakes could ruin us or ruin the students that we are responsible for teaching. There is that fear a student will approach you one day in the future, and tell you that you messed their lives up because of that one time you messed up. While we all know that one moment does not define our entire lives, as a teacher who is concerned about the future of their students, it’s hard to shack that feeling. I have learned that mistakes will happen. When they happen, I will focus on doing better next time, and making sure I improve the situation at the moment.

Sometimes when I look back at photos I have taken; they don’t turn out how I would like them to. Sometimes my position, the focus, the outside lighting, or there is something in the background that I can’t remove. The missteps I have made in photography have allowed me to be a better photographer. I try to take note of what happened that day, and then use what I learned for the future.

These are photos I took while I was on vacation during spring break. I was hiking with my son. The trail was located at the campground we were staying at. The trail was straight uphill. It was a nice little trail. This is just one of the sights that we saw that day.

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