Colorado has certainly been a huge turning point in my life.. before I moved here I was young and dumb and didn't have much direction.. at all. I was however smart enough to get myself out of a place where I felt was dragging me down and got out of the negative crowd I associated with and started life over. The mountains here definitely taught me a lot. First thing they taught me was humbleness, when you're in the mountains the mountains don't care who you are even if you're Tom Cruise .. all must respect them or you will get chewed up. So I dropped my cocky complex and accepted I am small and at mother natures mercy no need to think i'm some kind of badass just show respect and get respect back. Second thing they taught me was how to love myself, there were times when I felt completely lost, alone and not sure what to do with my life. Once I found the mountains my thoughts and worries became so small but clear. I accomplished a lot on my own and became my own best friend, I cut ties to all toxic people while unlocking a mind set that keeps me always happy.. I truly love my life! Third lesson I learned was hard work determination and the reward for it. Photography in the mountains showed me that if you push yourself and are determined you will be rewarded. Which I now apply toward my real world work ethic... show up, work hard, push through and don't complain. Might not always get the perfect shot every time or that raise right away but keep at it and you will prevail! I also have to be thankful for all the people I met here, I found my career and I did after all meet my future wife here! We move to Nebraska today and it is definitely not the end of the road for me or my photography but rather a new area of opportunity to find lessons to life and challenges to conquer. I will continue to post here and hopefully make some people's days a little brighter, knowing I can have a positive effect on others day makes my week
On Tuesday, we summitted Mount Rainier. Wednesday through to Thursday, we drove from WA to CO. Thursday, we backpacked almost 18 miles into Chicago Basin from Purgatory. Friday, we climbed four 14ers and backpacked out 14 miles. Saturday we finished with a short 5 mile backpack and drove home. Basically, @chrstphr.co and I are insane, but we were smiling for the majority of the trip.
And I wonder how this moment could possibly be
And how much was of my choosing
And what chose me
And I couldn't care less
When it all adds up
And I feel I am closest to what I really am
And there is nowhere I need to go
And there is nothing left to do
And I am sitting watching myself
Watching the waiting.