Do It Every Day
As some of you know, practice is my one little word for 2012. Since I’m in a bit of transition with the end of the semester and the start of summer happening for me, my goals for 2012 and my intentions of practice have been on my mind. Diving into painting and playing at the Makerie last month was a great weekend of practice. And for those of you who have done their own milestone project, you know I’ve gotten lots of opportunities to practice since starting my 365 a few weeks ago. But lest you think all is grooving and moving right along in my world of practicing and meeting my intentions, let me let you in on a little secret. (I’ll pretend we’re out having coffee, and having an intimate conversation). As I was having some trouble over the weekend with film for my Polaroid, growing frustrated at undeveloped areas and wide streaking, the helpful and customer-focused folks over at the Impossible Project corresponded with me via Twitter in an effort to lend assistance. Come to find out, my difficulties seemed to stem from the age of my film…that is, I let it grow older than the recommended 3-6 month window suggested for optimal shooting. Ooooohhhhhh….so my hoarding has a down-side.
So, I decided to take stock of all the film I have. You know, the film that has the mini-fridge bursting open. And the film that has infiltrated the shelves (and the fruit and vegetable bins) of the “regular” fridge in the kitchen…Yeah, all that film I’ve been buying and stashing and NOT SHOOTING. I counted up how many packs are past that 6-month window and came up with a very sad 9. Nine. NINE! When I stop and do the math on how much that film cost me and then reflect on how I’ve let it go to waste, well, it’s just pathetic. Suffice it to say, lesson learned…the hard way. My new mantra = SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT!
The words of Robert Anton Wilson seem fitting for this sufferable lesson in hoarding and the intention of practice: “Wanna become a concert pianist? Do it every day. Wanna be a writer? Do it every day. Wanna become depressed? Think of depressing thoughts every day. Wanna become an optimist? Think of cheerful thoughts every day. Do it every day.” I wanna be a kick-ass instant film photographer. I need to do it every day.
Is there something you want to be doing every day?
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