Today I signed the lease for my new apartment—the first one that’s ever been truly mine. This is a silly shot of Brian looking through the enormous peephole in my front door.
Hard to believe that this challenge has finally come to an end. It’s been an eventful year—perhaps the most eventful year in my life—and I’m thankful the blog was here to record it all: the vacation in South America; the breakup with Nick; trips to Big Sur, Encino, Riverside, and Yosemite; the countless little adventures with the amazing friends I made and then said goodbye to; the promotion at work; and, of course, the move.
I’ve learned a lot about photography, although I know I didn’t push myself as hard as I could have. Some days this challenge felt like a chore—something I just had to muddle through. But then there were days of motivation and inspiration and days of accidentally stumbling upon an amazing shot. So, in other words, it was just like life—a mix of active pursuit, serendipitous chance, and, mostly, just showing up and putting in the time.
I wanted to say more in this last post, to wrap things up neatly, but I’m running into the same problem that plagued me for the entirety of this challenge: It’s so hard to strike a balance between taking the time to document your life and taking the time to actually live it. And right now there’s so much living I need to do—new places to explore, new people to meet, new things to discover. A new chapter of my life to start.