Anyone Can Make a Difference
Oh sure it is a bit cliché, but it really is true. I am blessed to do something I truly love and am able to make a living at it. Am I getting rich? depends on how you look at it. I think I am, but it is certainly not in the monetary way. My photography has allowed me to immerse myself further into the horse and dog worlds than I ever was before, and along the way I have made some great friends and captured some wonderful moments for people. Yes, my photos have made some people smile, and they have made some cry. My images have allowed people to share great triumphs and even share great sadness and I get to be a bit selfish and feel good about it.
What really let me know that I had made a difference was the day I received an email that a rescued Jack Russell Terrier had found his forever home because of a photo I had taken. The woman who adopted Max said she kept coming back to him because of his photo on the rescue’s website. I was elated for Max, and once again I got to be a bit selfish and relish the fact that I had made a difference not just in Max’s life but in the life of the woman who adopted him. Way to go Max!!!
There are many special memories I have that have all stemmed out of giving back through my photography. From donating my time (photos) to rescues, to giving back to the associations that have allowed me to become their photographers, I am eternally grateful and am humbled that I have actually made a difference. Have I solved the debt crisis? created world peace? no but it is ok, I can still make a difference one small photo at a time. What can you do to make a difference? You may be surprised and humbled by what you can do and how it will make you feel.