To get it just right. The lighting, the position.
That is the SOOC (Straigh-Out-Of-Camera) shot. No Photoshop fixins'.
It was on a Saturday. A precious day that I had no plans, and could indulge in whatever my heart desired.
I've been trying to 'schedule' a lot of those days here recently. Days to do nothing. To go wherever the wind takes me.
Trying to really have the mentality of slowing down. Really stopping, and not trying to fill the empty space with more.
This dedicated break from the rhythm of life is required. Just look at our history and the traditions we still maintain today.
Did you get together with friends or family for Christmas? What about this summer, do you plan on taking a vacation or a day trip? Humans need downtime in order to be completely fulfilled. Special days and festivals give us a different quality of time from the daily grind of life.
We need rest, and relationships to feel…well human.
And as I try to buck the status quo, I'm realizing how difficult this idea of 'doing nothing' is. I am constantly bombarded with this need to be productive. To have an end-product.
This is a shift that has happened in our society recently, brought to my attention by a great book I just finished, Sabbath Time by Tilden Edwards.
"This driveness is deepened by what sociologists call the rapid shift from ascribed to achieved status in modern societies: the shift from sensing a givenness to who we are through family, religion, and community membership, to defining ourselves (and being defined by others) in terms of what we produce through whatever individual way of life this production of self and things may involve."
It's scary to think that we are constantly desiring to be productive. That society has been so influential in molding us into these little assembly lines, constantly working without a break.
I think for our humanity we can afford to stop and take a breather. My better half and I have done it and are reaping the benefits by the tons. We aren't rollin' in the dough by any means, and our future (like everyone else) is unknown. But the peace and contentment that fills our hearts and minds everyday is priceless. Our quality of life is so rich, that I feel like we are millionaires. Without all the drama.
Fight the shift, and take a breather.