As someone who typically looks at the glass as half empty, my initial reaction to this calendar realization is to become wistful and rather depressed -- not because I have to return to the classroom (I actually love teaching - it is the grading that bogs me down), but because I did not accomplish all that I had hoped to do in my twelve week break. However in keeping in step with my new outlook on life --- enjoy the journey --- I am going to try to focus on the few remaining weeks and make the most of it.
I am also trying to train my brain to think realistically - not fatalistically. It would be my normal thought process to convince myself that I will no longer have any time to do things that I want to do because all my time will be spent doing what I have to do. This "all or nothing" attitude is not only inaccurate, it is self-defeating. The truth of the matter is that I will have some free time and if I prioritize and plan, I can purse these creative interests throughout the school year.
Isn't it funny that once you put your mind to something, opportunities seem to magically appear? As many of you know, one of my creative interests this summer has been photography. I recently found Amanda's blog, Spiral Upward, and have enjoyed her weekly posts that depict her 2010 photo journal. Each day she takes a picture and once a week she posts them with a brief caption. I have thought that this would be a fun idea to try in 2011. Since I have secretly harbored the dream of traveling overseas in my retirement years and documenting the event as Journaling Photos (concentration on writing) rather than Photo Journaling (concentration on photography) - I thought this might be a good interim project. But then.....
Yesterday I was reading Susannah Conway's blog where she has proclaimed August as the month to take a break from blogging and learn to live more in the present through the lens of a camera. I am not sure that I am willing to take a total break from blogging (although my time to write meandering posts will definitely be impacted by the preparation of lesson plans), but I do want to try to challenge myself to document my life (or what matters most to me in life) through pictures. Susannah has even created a Flickr group for participants to share their photos, if they so desire.
This should give me an idea if this will be a viable New Year's resolution, it will allow me to become more familiar with my new camera, and hopefully it will help me to pause and take time to smell the roses. In essence, to capture my new-found mantra, enjoy the journey, through the use of photographs.
How about you? Is this something that you might be interested in pursuing? Have you ever done any kind of documentation through photos? I would love to hear your experiences!