I went through some old photos of me the other day. It's amazing the difference within just a few years. Looking back on these photos I can see at moments I was happy and other times not so much. I can honestly say that I'm the happiest I've ever been now, but I know I have a long way to go before I'm satisfied with who I can be.
The photos ranged from 2008 to 2013. I was some what angry looking back at these photos, because my actions weren't exactly what you call smart. I feel like I wasted a lot of time and potential that I had. Maybe this is a common feeling for people though, so I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I started thinking about how we use Facebook to see what our classmates or friends are up to. Social media has become a tool to know exactly what is going on in each other's lives.
Perhaps we use social media to feel better about ourselves. People don't want others to succeed past them and by checking their Facebook we get a glimpse of what is going on in their life and feel jealous or happy. Just think about it. When you upload a picture of a beach when you're on vacation it's not so you can look back on it. You uploaded it so that people will get jealous of how much fun you're having. We can all deny it all we want but that's exactly what we're doing. We're all so focused on what others are doing.
Recently I've stopped caring what others are doing and more on myself. I have set goals and I try my best to follow through with them. I think that's a major difference between the past me and the present me. Before I had ideas of what I wanted and now I know what I want. It's amazing what you can achieve once you are set on it. I work out every day and I've been trying to get better at taking my photography. I want to make others happy and say "Wow" when they look at the photos that I have done. I won't stop until I reach that goal and even when I do I want to push harder and make new goals. I want to change the world. Even if it's one photograph at a time.
I now understand how important it is to set goals. They keep you on a path and allow you to make you feel good once you surpass it. If you're reading this and you have zero goals, just think about something you've always wanted and set realistic goals that you can reach. Baby steps are still steps regardless of how small they are. Once you see the results you'll want to push yourself harder and then nothing can stop you. Never give up on what you want. Persistence will result in what you desire. Except if you're stalking someone, so choose your goals wisely.
As always, thanks for reading.