If you’ve been reading my blog and following my tweets lately, this won’t come as a big surprise. So I’ll get right to the point: I’m changing my life. I have decided not to wait. I want a change and it isn’t going to come to me on its own. I have to make it happen.
For the past 15 years I have been working in software and paying off my mortgage as quickly as possible. Not that I am all work and no play, there has been some traveling and boating in there too. But mostly working and putting all my effort into the house. And now it’s gone. I sold it. Goodbye house. You’ve been good to me but it’s time to move on.
What brought all this on? It is in no small part due to the death of a friend who lost his life far too soon. Not someone I got to see very often, but someone who impacted my life. Ron Harris. Ron inspired me by always living his dream. He didn’t wait for some mythical time in the future. He always did what he wanted to do. At his “celebration of life” his young daughter told us to plan our dream and live it now.
Here is the plan: I got rid of many of my possessions, I sold my house, I am buying an RV and am going to spend at least a year traveling throughout the United States, with my fiance, with the goal of photographing as many of the National Parks as I possibly can.
Hmm, that sentence doesn’t seem as long or weigh enough as it should. This is a major mid-life crisis we’re talking about here folks!
The reason I bought the house in the first place is because I wanted a dog in my life and a dog needs a yard. The first love of my life, my beagle Oscar, is now 14.5 years old! And that is why I am limiting my travels to North America in an RV so he can come too. I cannot leave my special guy in the last years of his life. And of course, there is Angelina, my wonderful fiance Ray’s dog. She just turned 8. The beagles introduced us 🙂
I am hoping that photographing the National Parks will be a big boost to my portfolio and will help me launch a career in photography and writing. It is what I have always wanted to do. But back in my 20’s I decided I didn’t want to be a starving artist so I ended up in software. My plan was always to return to photography and writing and that is what I am doing now.
So now I need your advice. All you travel photographers and bloggers out there, do you have any advice for me? Is there something I can do before I leave to help? Should I try to contact magazine editors now? Or will I get in trouble for “working” in the USA (I’m Canadian)? Maybe I should just blog and photograph and try to make something out of it when I get back.
I’m excited and terrified at the same time. It feels good.