‘Tis not very often I have a truly bad day, and it’s on those days one of two things happen.
Scenario Uno: What I have always considered a curse in my personality (a brain that skips around more than a first grader at recess) serves as a blessing when it comes to life’s curveballs. My brain spends so little time in one place that, more times than not, I tell people I am having a great day even on those days when my daughter is in the hospital four hours away and I just can’t get away or those times when we thought we were remodeling our kitchen only to find out we needed 10s of thousands of dollars in plumbing work.
Scenario Dos: Then there’s those times when I dread going off to a shoot, I lost a big client or I have so much to do, am feeling overwhelmed and want to go work for a big-box photography studio (that wouldn’t last long, I promise you) instead of owning the dream. Then, BAM! I either head to a shoot and fall in love with the dream all over again or encounter a perfect stranger. Either way, I am reenergized and have not a worry in the world.
Sometimes it feels a bit selfish, almost like I am using people to juice my life. Then, this morning I was listening to Ed Mylett on the Skinny Confidential Him & Her, and I got emotional listening to Ed’s elevator story (found 11 minutes 44 seconds in). It was incredibly relatable to me, and I thought, “Heck, if Ed Mylett is like this, too, I can’t be too far off the mark.”
My fave example is the G-store (which I really despise or, on those days I enjoy, we spend entirely too much money). My husband and I love nothing more than turning the cashier’s day around. As you know, most of those slinging groceries seem to hate the world, rarely making eye contact and neglectfully passing things over the scanner instead of looking up the skew number. Not only does this fun and playful experience energize me, but we turn a frown upside down and hope it lasts awhile.
Then there’s my clients…
Taking someone’s portrait always makes my day. This morning, I was having a perfect day, complete with a Plano headshot session with Cariloop, one of my most charismatic clients, when an unexpected subject topped it off with the icing (my fave part) on not only my cake, but my client’s dessert as well. We were having a somewhat discrete, as to not disrupt the tenants at wework, portrait session when a couple guys walked through to get coffee. As they tried to tiptoe through, I told them it was fine and teasingly said it was their turn next. Then S (pictured below ) stopped, striking this pose. Not bad for no prep time, huh?
We all had a good laugh. And he got a free portrait, as I rushed back to the studio, processing his image before touching another. Where do you find your happiness on a cloudy day?