The rain didn't relent throughout the evening leading up to my early morning shoot, when I got a text from this guy, inquiring if the drizzle was going to inhibit our ability to shoot. I'd already been thinking about it and despite the hindrance that rain could cause for my gear, and our comfort level, I had to let my reservations fade away.
I've been working a lot lately on trying to remind myself not to complain about things. Not to myself, not to others. There are things we can control and things we can't, but if I'm too caught up in seeing the negative in a situation, I'll let any chance for a positive pass me by. My response to the text message went something like this: "Oh yah, I'm cool with it. It'll create even cooler tones and reflections." And that was that. We set out for our location around 1 AM and started shooting, the rain still meandering down from the sky. Sure enough, the puddles on the concrete added to the ambience and we worked our way through it. I had to get down in the wetness a little bit to find my angles, but it was completely worth it.
When I woke up this morning on my buddies couch, I had an overwhelming sense of thankfulness. Thankful to my friends for believing in my art and vision with photos. Thankful for continual opportunities. Thankful for the Andy's couch to sleep on his assistance on this shoot. Thankful that the rain didn't deter our will to shoot, because as it turned out, the rain MADE this shoot. In all things, give thanks, because this is the will of God. He don't want me to see the bad in situations. But it's all about a different mentality. More mental rewiring.
I've got to continually try and turn lemons into lemonade. Make sure the glass is half full instead of half empty. The power of positive thinking can completely rearrange the way I see things and my best friend gave me some great advice about that, which has stuck in my head for the past month. If I think positively, I'll put my mind in a much better position to see the good things that are happening right in front of my eyes. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 38.