During my life adventure, I have came across some interesting characters. Some of which who have helped me realize all of the numerous possibilities that us human-beings have to offer: and those who have gave me a model of the type of human-being I would not like to be. I have learned that being able to listen to others is a key characteristic in becoming a more well-rounded person, because you never know what someone has been through since every single on of us are one of one.
I started bartending at the hotel across the street from my dorm room yesterday (July 11, 2017) and beyond the rookie jitters, I came across some interesting people, who gave me some much needed advice that I will probably hold near to me during the remainder of my adventure. It seems much easier to talk to strangers rather than someone you may have known for some years, because you do not have to have that thought in the back of your head on how this will effect the relationship in the long-run. I encourage those of you who are reading this to acknowledge at least one stranger a day, even if its just a hi and bye.
While bartending I met a gentle named Andrew Shurtleff, who is a professional photographer, and can make a photo look like a painting on a canvas. Andrew has 20+ years experience on me in the photography realm, so once he told me about his ventures I was hooked into the conversation. I do not want to speak for the man's work so here is the link to his website (AndrewShurtleff.com).
When I meet people such as Andrew, and especially people who are in the photography business I always asked for advice from lessons that they learned during the life adventures. Usually it turns into the person stroking their ego, but Andrew's advice was different. Different, but familiar because I have heard it before but for other aspects of life besides photography. He told me " to shoot everyday, every single damn day" : I have always told myself I would do this in my head, but there is something different about hearing it from a complete stranger. So July 11, 2017 marked the day I stopped making excuses for myself and go out and shoot, every damn day. Even if it a blade of grass.
Being proficient in whatever you want to do with your life will require practice and sacrifice. You have to put in the extra effort to fine tune your skills, which will require sacrificing other aspects of your life that take away from the time you could be practicing. In any hero's life, sacrifices must be made, but they do not all have to be drastic ones. This is life, not a movie.
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Legal Trap Mack
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer