Happy Friday Darlings! I wanted to share a little something thats been on my mind lately and Im sure y’all can relate, as usual.
My friend the other day made a comment about some of the photos I was showing her from a couple of my shoots over the last few weeks. She said she loved how we could make cool photos out of the most random, least expected places.
Then, I got to thinking.
For the longest time, I viewed myself as being stuck in Denton. I thought there was nothing to do and no one to relate to. I finally gave up on the idea of feeling a place of belonging and wasn’t sure if that existed for me right now. That was before I got to know the people and places around me. In meeting fellow creatives and venturing around my town, I learned that everything is what you make of it. You can find beauty in anything if you allow yourself to be open to it.
When I first moved here I had no idea what to expect but I definitely didn’t think it was going to be a town full of fellow creatives like myself. I slowly learned that my new school was more than I ever imagined. People like to complain about Denton and UNT but coming from a traditional school like the University of Arkansas, I never take this campus for granted. The students are diverse and express it in every way possible. Each person looks and acts completely different from the next and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I walk around campus and for once feel like I fit in while still standing out. Every day I spend interacting with these creative minds, I feel inspired, lifted and simply happy.
If I didn’t venture out and find these people, I probably still wouldn’t have realized this. But in taking the step to get to know those around me and adventuring around my town, I found a place of belonging.
So I guess what I am saying is that although we may daydream of bigger and better places and suffer from wanderlust, it’s important to also value where you are now and try to make the best of it. Continue to grow for your future but also enjoy your present.
“Wherever you are, be all there.”
I am guilty of overthinking and stressing about my future. (Who isn’t) That is literally what I did best. It ate away at my happiness and until I was finally able to conquer the idea of being happy right here, right now, it was hard for me to get a grasp on my goals and dreams. Ever since I have been able to accept that I am content with where I am, I have been able to just live. Live and be happy and know that I am growing and I will get to where I need to be through the work that I am putting in.
Patience is a virtue I may lack but the things I want in life won’t happen overnight. Especially as a college student, I think this stress is pressed down on us, because were supposed to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives. And that can be scary as hell. But take a deep breath and know its going to work itself out.
This place where we took photos is a car repair shop in downtown Denton. We stumbled upon it while shooting and came back to it on my birthday for a morning shoot before I had to head to work. It ended up being such a fun location and different from anything I had done before.
Sometimes shaking things up and doing things a little differently is just what we need.
My post is short and simple today. I just wanted to share a little food for thought for you guys.
Photos by Corey Nguyen, @CoreyBao