My oldest is a girl of nature, a girl of the wild. She has a thing for all living creatures. The air she breathes literally gives her energy for more- more knowledge, more passion and more exploration. I find myself grasping to keep up with her. Oftentimes, I feel guilty for not engaging her mind more. For not challenging her, for losing patience with her, and not encouraging her. But then I am always amazed how she just pursues things even if I am swamped with other things.
This past week she decided she wanted to do a badge for Gems Girls Club. When it comes to the work project part she doesn’t pick the easiest one, she picks the one that requires the most work. And so she’s been working each day after school until dinner time writing a report on six different animals. She is researching by herself on the internet by typing in her searches, printing off her animal pictures and figuring out all the facts about those animals and recording it all in a book. She’s amazing! And she inspires me each day!
Every now and then I need to shoot what means the most to me. I shoot how I feel. And I like to say I shoot how she feels too. One day I hope she can look back at these photographs and remember what she was so passionate about. That these will remind her that you can be unashamed and amazingly driven to do what you love. Whether that be caring for the earth, turning over rocks or researching about animals. Do great things and do it with a heart of a child. Ever learning, ever passionate and ever joyful.