Today I am half-way through a year's worth of pictures.

I started this project with the notion that a daily discipline of photography would improve my skills and the resulting pictures, and while this is surely so, what is most apparent is how the practice has changed me.

I have found my voice, strong and clear, and learned that I will never win trying to please others. By trying to keep everyone happy and make peace and keep things looking just right, I set up an unhealthy environment for myself and my family. I'm making this right now.

I have greater faith in my own choices and less need for reassurance. I trust myself more often and more deeply.

One picture is often as good as, or better than, many. When I first began this journey, I had a very difficult time editing my photos for the day down to just one. And now, the one always stands out.

The words that go along with the picture are more important than I gave them credit for. I reveal more of myself in my writing that I might have imagined.

I see the world through a lens of kindness and compassion. For this view, I do not owe anyone an apology.

I could make pictures for the rest of my life with a 35 or 50mm lens and never be dissatisfied.

I didn’t expect to make friends along the way, but I have. And one of them speaks eloquently on photography.

"That’s one of the beautiful things about photography I think. We capture what is real but we do it with our hearts as well as with our eyes. We show in a photograph what we feel about someone or something - not just what it is, but what it means to us"  –Rebecca Lily

I am glad for this work, and even when I wish I could take a break for a day, I continue because the work is worth the effort.

Day 183

Day 183