I may be guilty of romanticizing change once or twice before. It’s hard not to get carried away and paint change with a pretty brush like blooms in the spring or colourful leaves in the fall. Then you hear that age old saying:
The only thing that is constant is change. Heraclitus.
I feel I lived the quote growing up. Change has always been a constant in my life: different countries, different school systems, different apps. It is what my job is all about after all: helping educators make changes in their practice.
Naively I thought I was good with change. Then the tweaks started happening.
Change of schools, parents moving away, step off a board, new team, step on a board, and the list goes on and on.
The changes were not necessarily bad. They were often necessary and healthy but as they started piling up I could feel my roots unearthing. It suddenly became just a bit harder to focus, to keep up with the mad race, to take the risks I was used to. The changes seemed to play with the safety nets I had established, the roots I depended on. Change was great when I could control it or space it out. All the changes at once felt like I lost my footing. I question my choices, actions and how they are received even more.
Maybe it isn’t as much that I’m not good with change but that I needed a more realistic picture of change. Maybe we all need a reminder sometimes that change is a messy process not just the glossy capture once or twice a year. Maybe it’s time to share the messiness and take the time to find that safe steady core.
I will be good with change again once my roots have settled.
I stumbled on #the100dayproject two years ago on Instagram and it has been this wonderful learning journey each year. So when I saw the announcement on Elle Luna’s page that the project was back I couldn’t contain my excitement. Both years were unique but shared a common theme: grabbing my camera and creating just for me. I create a lot for work but taking a few minutes daily to create for creations sake was reinvigorating; to play, to learn, to explore. The power of community also came to mind. I learned so much by just following the projects of others. Having friends’ take on the project kept me accountable to posting (even if I had to catch up once or twice).
So what is it? In short for the #the100dayproject you choose something to create, something you know makes you happy and then share your creations on a daily basis with #the100daproject hashtag as well as a unique hashtag for your collection so you can connect with others and learn together. Repeat daily 99 times.
Now the hard part: the project starts in 2 days and I’m still deciding what I should do. Help! At first I was wondering if I should do something completely different like sketching or painting, learning a new language or knitting. I think though I have come back to photography. Although I have a long way to go, I can see how the project has helped me improve my photography. So I’ve narrowed it down to 3 ideas:
- 10 x 10: Keeping a similar flow to last year, the 10×10 would let me have a focus. After playing with the slow shutter app today I would know which theme to start with
- Canada 150: With this special celebratory year one idea was to focus on 100 pictures to represent Canada. Probably taking a 10 x 10 theme as well from symbols.
- An Appy Moment: I’ve always loved how accounts like the.book.report share new or favourite books and wanted to do a similar stylized photo and video recap for my apps.
Will you join me? What action will you take for 100 days? No one is too old or too young!
See you online.