This is Tulip. She's my dog. I'm her human. We do things for each other and it makes both of our lives richer.
If you think about life in a pessimistic way you find yourself wondering, "Why are we born just to suffer and die." If you think about life in an optimistic way you find yourself saying, "What's my next challenge? How can I make this fun? What can I do to make life better and more meaningful for those around me?" I know lots of people who live in the first camp and I'm amazed. I know only a handful of people who live, fully, in the second camp and I'm amazed.
Our lives are like rockets. They are self-propelled and when loaded with fuel they can leap into space. When they run out of fuel they plunge to the earth. The love of life and the pursuit of real meaning in life seems to be the fuel. Our problem, as modern humans, is not the final plunge back to earth but the failure to launch which consigns us to stay on the pad until our rockets rust away and are moved off into the scrap heap of eternity.
No one gets out of this alive but......possessed of an incredibly cool rocket doesn't it make a lot more sense to soar through the stratosphere and attempt to escape gravity than to wait back on the ground until all the fuel leaks out and the tubes and circuits of our space ships are rendered unusable? We are fortunate. We get to create our own meaning in our own lives. We just have to have the courage to launch. We have to be fearless. And the opposite of fear?.......is love.
I saw a fun bumper sticker, it had a picture of a dog. It said, "Wag more, bark less."
How does this relate to photography? How about this: "Shoot with your heart, not with your brain."