Taking this time to slow down a bit and chill in my garden.
I planted this cherry blossom tree during college. It was just a two feet branch cutting back then. It was my first time planting this kind of tree, and I remember in the beginning I worried and stressed so much about how to properly take care of it.
I wanted it to grow into a beautiful tree, but I wasn't sure if it would even survive the first year. It was such a fragile plant, it seemed like a light gust of wind would blow it away.
I kept it under careful watch and tended to it constantly. Every year, slowly but surely, it would grow a little taller, become a little sturdier and thicker.
Then at some point, the tree finally grew buds on the tips, and during that Spring, burst into full bloom.
I remember the first time I saw its cherry blossoms, I was in awe. I felt proud of it, like a doting parent, and an immense sense of achievement. I continued to pour all my heart into growing it. It is my treasure.
Now this tree is much taller than me and it blooms without fail every year. Its blossoms keep becoming more and more gorgeous.
This experience drew a parallel for me. It is much the same when you wish to become a professional photographer. You tend to your art with love and care, maturing it from the fragile young steps of ideation to a fully fleshed out portfolio.
You protect your craft from damage and decay, you strengthen it, day by day, year by year, and tough through the storms together with it, and then slowly, you will see your efforts pay off.
It takes immense patience to see your plans through, but when you succeed, that moment when you witness the blossoming of your career, you will know that all that time spent, was worth it. ...