I want to tell you a story
About how this reviews has changed my life.
In April of last 2018, Gloria and I were in the parking lot of the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris waiting for the rental car to be brought to us. We had to drive for two hours to the west to make a wedding that we really wanted because of the bucolic nature of the place.
During that wait, I received a call.
It was a work proposal. For one who had nothing to do with what I do now. But for which I’m prepared.
What would you think of having a job from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in which you earn more than you earn now, from Monday to Friday, with many possibilities for it to be “for life”? Take for your consideration the fact that we are two self-employed, with two small children.
Only one condition: You can not continue with your current activity. Or one thing or the other.
This was in the airport parking lot … I did not even know where I was.
The first impulse was to reject it without hesitation. I love what I do, I enjoy the freedom to do what I like, to not stop, to explore things that I never thought I could do, meet people and enriching places. I can enjoy my children almost all the time I want and grow up next to my wife.
But after the minutes began to filter into my head the most fearful thoughts, which gives you age and responsibilities.
And what will happen in two, three, five, ten years …? And children…? And the motivation …?
The two-hour drive from Paris to the wedding venue was silent. The afternoon was silent.
During dinner, it was not silence. Everything came out at dinner.
It is not fair to debate that decision by dining in a beautiful outdoor patio in a small town in northwestern France, where crickets, the sound of wine bottles and conversations in such a musical language were mixed with a delicious dinner in a spring night … This work is not always like that. Actually it’s almost never like that. But if you have to meditate on such an important decision, better than circumstances help you confirm your arguments.
During the whole dinner I could not stop thinking about the last video I had edited a few months before with my favorite photos of 2017. I could not stop thinking about him. What nonsense without meaning. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
However, when you have a dilemma you usually know what decision you are going to make. It may take you more or less time to execute it, but something inside you tells you that the decision is already made.
And for me it was taken.
Those “best of… reviews” have always made me too lazy to do them. I have purposely procrastinated. Revisit thousands of photos once again with the only argument that “everyone does it”
And, suddenly, they were the center of such a transcendent decision making.
I discovered that they are, in some way, part of my legacy. Something to be proud of. Something that I can look at a hundred times and feel happy and satisfied while I think “I’ve done that”
That process of staying with the best is an almost vital exercise. I do not want it to sound “intense” but for me they are a reflection of what life is in itself: you stay with the best, with what has made you vibrate and see in perspective that you have lived the way you have believed : like a wonderful adventure.
I never doubted that this is what I want to do. At least, until I don’t no longer want to do it.