Second Chances..

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A few years back my hubby and I took an 8 day river rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  It was the 3rd time that I had ever been to the Canyon (hopefully not my last).  The Grand Canyon is the most awe-inspiring place I have ever been.

The above photograph was taken by me, with my first ever digital camera.  It was a fully automatic Olympus.  I was so excited by it at the time.  I took many many pics on that trip.  Looking through them again last night, I don’t think I’m happy with a single one of them.  the image quality is really poor.

It just kills me inside that I have been to such magnificent places in the past, not having the camera equipment I have now, or the knowledge and skills I have learned over the past 12 months.

Today I am giving my first computer lesson to my artist friend, in her 70’s.  And I am sure, like me, she wishes that she had learned so many things much sooner than now.  But it’s never too late.   I know,  that one day I can  go back to some of these places, and hopefully other wonderful places and have the opportunity to shoot them again.

Helen, in her 60’s, could have decided that her life was as good as it was ever going to get and just left it at that.  But instead she learned to paint.  She took what was a passion in her soul and turned it into a reality.  And maybe if she had started 20 years earlier, who knows where she would be today.  Maybe if I had not given up on my dream in my 20’s, I would have a thriving photography career by now.

But we can’t live by “maybe’s”. All I can do… All Helen can do… All anyone can do… is live from this moment.  Grab the chances as they present themselves in this day, this minute, this second. And learn from those moments that we regret.  And make the most of our second chances.