When I was a child, I spent my days playing with my pets. My favorite pet was my pony, who went with me everywhere. I can’t remember much of my childhood without that pony, and he taught me so many lessons. As I grew older, my passion for animals never faded.
I was visiting with a friend the other day, and we were talking about how cruel people can be. How bad people will treat each other, and how it can really affect our feelings and mood. It really got me thinking, why is it that we do that? Why do we, especially us women, treat others so bad? Why do we say things that we know are going to hurt others. And why do we throw our words around like they don’t matter?
Our words matter! How we treat others matters… I might be blunt, but I do not treat people badly. I don’t tear people down or make them feel inferior or of a lesser quality.. Especially not based on income, because lets be real, I’m like a starving artist haha.
This year has been a huge year, I have grown and succeeded in SO many ways and I am so grateful. But that hardest journey for me has been trying to keep a positive outlook.
While I was visiting with my friend, I told her about how my dream retirement plan is to live in the backwoods and to have the beauty of the mountains right outside my front door. I have become overwhelmed by this world and she thought I was insane. But in reality, I am burnt out. I am burnt out on the hate in this world, in this burning desire everyone has to word vomit their opinions on every single thing they see or read…
A world where people just called if they had an issue, instead of running to social media and bullying others.
I miss the times where people had to actually call you if they wanted to bully you, instead of hiding behind a keyboard.
Today I was walking into my master bedroom and my dog Presley was laying in this beautiful shaft of light coming in my window. As he stared at me, and his kind eyes just seemed so grateful to have me around it made me realize that these little things are what is important. These small moments and small slices of grace are what fuel my soul. Yes, having clients that appreciate me and my work definitely fuel me too. But those small pieces just make my heart sing…
To some it is just a dog, laying in the sun staring at me.
But to me, it is a dog that we almost lost this summer. A dog that I said goodbye to sitting on the floor at the vet clinic bawling my eyes out with my husband. It is a dog that although sometimes drives me crazy when he terrorizing the chickens or our cats, but is always there for me. He’s been a faithful, amazing dog…
I see the beautiful circle that has come around here, how my childhood was surrounded with animals that influenced me and molded me into the photographer and person I am today, and yet I am still influenced by the kindness animals offer. My sweet Presley inspired to let go of the past. Let go of what wrong doings I’ve had, and cleanse my soul.
Because I deserve that. We all deserve to heal and grow as humans. Presley showed me that there is beauty after the darkness. Remember although we all go through dark times, there is a beautiful light just waiting for you to notice it.
So here is to seeing the light and cleansing our souls!