You can have an idea of what you want and set off down a road you are familiar with to go towards that goal. It's the "safe" way, you are familiar with all the sights...some you enjoy seeing again, some you could do without or even veer off to avoid all together. Same old thing...which is not a bad thing...it's just the same and it brings comfort cause you feel you can "predict" to some degree what the ultimate outcome could be....
But what if you have a goal, and have everything in place to go down the familiar road....but something inside you gets a pang of curiosity as you drive by a road you've never been down...hmmmmm....what is down that way, you ask yourself?? No matter, keep going, you tell yourself. There's no need to muck about taking up precious time to check out something that probably won't even work out...
You're almost at the point of arrival....no, no, no.
This time the curiosity is coupled with a pang of "what if" shouting out loud in my heart.
If I don't try, explore, taste, see, listen, and feel...maybe I will have missed out on the point of it all.
Yesterday I took the new unfamiliar road...I was encouraged by my companion who took the time out of his day, the big hearted adventurous man, to try his hand at taking the photos for my shop. "One dress" I told him, "just point and shoot It'll be fine, I'm sure you'll do a great job." I thought I was being so cool and relaxed to have relinquished control...I took the road while out scouting for a location in my still unfamilar town and was beyond surprised to find this gorgeous ramshackle abandoned building at the end of the road. That was joyful surprise number 1.
The path off my main road was about much more than being off the beaten path...it was about seeing what I've been afraid to see. Allowing the imperfection to become a thing of beauty, layers of perfectionist fear fell away and were replaced by a feeling of freedom. It allowed the work I had labored over for some15+ hours to speak for itself in an uncontrolled environment...wind blew, hair was messy, lighting changed faster than you could say hello....That was surprise number 2.
But the most rewarding thing of all I found on that unfamiliar road was I stepped out of the way and allowed someone else to try their hand at something they'd never done before and they found they had a wonderful talent that they are excited about!! I mean, I look at the photos and marvel that he had this ability inside for his whole life and never knew it...til we went down that unfamiliar road :)