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Change of thought

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Aspirations are a good thing. In my 50s I thought that I wanted to become a professional photographer in my senior years and have that as my second career. Now that I’m a senior by someone’s definition and I still love and have a passion for shooting, but the desire to do it as a business or even worry about the title of professional is irrelevant.

Frederick MD. Photo by Mike Hartley

I shoot because I like it and it makes me happy. I sometimes make other friends and family happy with them. I share them here and will be on my photo site once I get a few thousand more images uploaded and might be able to register with someone who I might not know yet.

Frederick MD. Photo by Mike Hartley

I learned a long time ago when I started blogging that it’s not the numbers that matter to me. It’s the people like my daughter who said she read a post or two and liked the pictures or random thoughts once in a while. Or maybe someone I never met continuing to follow my ramblings and images week after week. It’s the feeling I get of possibly doing something I’m really pleased with. Be it a photo or thought or piece of artwork.

Frederick MD. Photo by Mike Hartley

The joy is in doing the work and seeing something come together. Getting back from a shoot and the anticipation of something unique. Seeing a carving take shape. Learning how to write. All fun things.

I just wish I had more time to devote to the effort. A few minutes a day here and there is tough but if I didn’t love it I would have become frustrated and stopped long ago. Just like this blog, it’s a shell of what I hope to do in another year from now.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I wonder if AI ran across my writings if it would crash the system.
  • There are few better feelings than when an infant grandchild wakes and you get the chance to lift him out of bed and he smiles at me.
  • I had to laugh at this article about (Woke and Chick-fil-A)
  • I don’t know what I would do if they ever wanted me to return to the office to work. Well on second thought, I know what I would do.
  • This has been a glorious weekend, but work beckons and the nocturnal life begins.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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