Life is Like a Camera.
Today is my 34th Birthday and another year that I age is another moment in time that I reflect on life in general. I’ve learned that life is like a camera.
This site is like an extension of my life. Not only am I able to do something I am passionate about, I am able to share a little piece of our lives with you. Those who come here often and peek in, I am grateful for all of you. Thank you for allowing me into your lives and allowing me to live my passion. Read on to see why I make this analogy and maybe, you might have tips to share that I and others can learn from.
Just Focus on What’s Important
I’ve gotten to the age where I realize that life is truly too short. It’s too short to be angry, too short to hold grudges, and too short to not spend it being happy. So, I’ve learned to forgive, be the bigger person, and just focus on the people I love.
My goal is to constantly pursue happiness, work towards upward goals, and just enjoy life. I aim to spend time with my kids, fall in love over and over again with my husband, grow older with my siblings, and appreciate every second with my parents. In my mind, I always remember that every year that I get older, so do they. Relishing the moments we spend together is what is important in life.
Capture the Good Times
It’s always a good thing to capture the good times. Whether it is a family dinner, a tropical vacation or even just an everyday moment that takes your breath away. I have a million pictures saved away and I go through them often with our girls and it’s amazing to take a walk back in time. It’s so important to capture those moments. You’ll never know what it means to look back at times that are priceless. You’ll love to see them even when those memories have almost dwindled away. Not to mention, it’s important to be in the pictures too. I have started doing this more and more and even if I never share the picture with a single soul, it will make a difference 20 years from now.
Develop from the Negatives
I am lucky enough to not have to have dealt with much negativity the last few years. It’s been pretty great and the setbacks have been very minimal. *knock on wood* I don’t say that to be boastful but, to let you know that rough times do not last a lifetime. Like my wise mother always says, ‘there’s not one problem that lasts a hundred years.’
While it has been mostly positive, that doesn’t go to say that I haven’t been through quite A LOT to get here. I’ve learned from my mistakes, I’ve been hurt, I’ve removed toxic people in my life, and I work hard every single day towards my goals and passions. I succeed, I fail. I keep going and when I do fail, I make sure to change my execution the next time so that it succeeds. I’ve grown.
I’ve learned to reach out and ask for help if I need it. Plus, surrounding yourself with people who are on the same track never hurts. The energy you attract says a lot.
If Things Don’t Work Out, Just Take Another Shot
While I choose to leave my past where it belongs, in the past, I can tell you that it was rough. I think that in the grand scheme of things, when things don’t work out, it’s often for a reason. You just dust yourself off, regroup, and try again. That can be said with literally almost any situation.
While I am 34 years old today, I still have so much to learn and I am happy to learn something new every single day!
Do you have a piece of advice to share about what you’ve learned on your journey?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.