New Year’s resolutions are a little weird, and arbitrary

New Year’s resolutions are a little weird. We pick this convenient change from one year to the next, and declare our intentions to do more or better.

I’m not sure that we give much thought to why we pick this one date as the time for this rededication to some form of self-improvement. New Year’s Day has had much less significance to me in recent years for a couple reasons.

For one thing, it’s not the new year in Israel tomorrow. We use the Hebrew calendar for official stuff, and our new year was in September this year.

A more personal reason why 1 January isn’t much more than Tuesday, a regular working day, to me is because there’s another day that’s a more meaningful day for a renewed sense of self-improvement – my birthday!

Sure, on 1 January, the year increments. Other than that, what’s the personal significance of the day?

I see my birthday as a celebration of my continued existence, and a reminder that I have yet another year behind me, and fewer ahead of me.

With that comes the realisation that I have fewer opportunities to make a difference, be a better parent, husband, friend, sibling, son, and so on. The time I have left is more precious, at the very least because there’s less of it.

I’m generally not conscious of this fact during the year because I’m so caught up in my daily dramas and busy work. My birthday is a convenient time to pause, look back, ahead, and at what I have, and think about what’s really important to me.

So, as 2018 draws to a close, I can’t help but think that it’s really just a Monday night, and I still need to be up at 5:30 tomorrow for an early shift.

Photography shakeup for 2017

Photography habits for 2017

I don’t really buy into New Year’s resolutions but Eric Kim’s “25 Photography New Year’s Resolutions” contains a number of things I’d like to do a little differently when it comes to my photography.

25 Photography New Year’s Resolutions

I think the first 6 resolutions are probably right up there on my list of changes to make to my habits and mindset:

  1. Never leave the house without having your camera with you (around your neck, in your backpack, or camera bag, etc)
  2. Never hesitate taking a photo you want to take
  3. Don’t upload as many photos to social media
  4. Spend less time on social media
  5. Stop doubting yourself and your photography
  6. Stop comparing yourself on social media to other photographers

On a related note, I found his suggestion to spend an entire year shooting with a single lens to be intriguing. I mostly use my f1.8 50mm lens but I occasionally switch to one of my kit lenses, particularly when I find myself becoming a little too complacent with my 50mm lens.

Why You Should Shoot with One Camera and One Lens

If anything, I’d really like to move closer to merging my photography and writing in some form or another in the coming year. I’m not sure what’s holding me back there but I have these two passions and I think they would work well together.

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