my brother uses the term “sliding doors” quite often to describe how challenges are presented to us in life. sometimes when he says it, i think of the gwyneth paltrow movie based on her character’s life, depending on whether or not she catches a train. doors almost close, she just makes the train, and her life plays out one way. doors close, she misses the train, and her life plays out another way. in both scenarios, her choices played a major role in how things evolve for her. i thought of my brother after taking this photo. sliding doors. where will the trains take us if we make it? will we walk to the light if the doors close on us?
being a nature lover, i often use the word path in the way my brother uses sliding doors. my path is something i think about a lot, and i’ve already shared some of my thoughts about this in this previous blog post. as i continue to learn about photography, i realize how much i think about this when i’m trying to capture a moment. it’s kind of mind boggling, that my new hobby has opened my eyes to view my path through a different lens. pun intended. how can i live in a way that reflects my core values? can i translate those beliefs through my photographs? how can i better respond to challenges, each day, on my path? how can we all be true to ourselves, in whatever ways we choose? the brilliant brene brown uses words to describe this. i dream to portray it in images someday. . .
“authenticity is a daily practice. living authentically means cultivating the courage to be emotionally honest, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of light and darkness, strength and struggle; and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we let go of who we are supposed to be and embrace who we are. authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving—even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, and especially when we are wrestling with the shame and fear of ‘not being enough.’ mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.” ~ brene brown