Things in life aren't easy. Things we really want in life are even harder sometimes, but sometimes you just have to put your head down and push through.
This is where I am with a few things in my life, one major area being photography. Winter has always been a hard time for me to stay motivated with photography, I mean there are only so many times that you can shoot snowy trees right? I seem to have hit my usual winter funk in the last few weeks, finding it hard to pull myself off the couch and into the freezing cold (my poor fingers) and go photo hunting.
It's so easy for me during these times to start to feel defeated about my photography as a whole, and to start feeling discouraged about all the progress that I feel I have made over the past year. Luckily, we (I) have been blessed with a warm stretch of weather this last week and I forced myself to get out and shoot.
I am so glad that I forced myself to get out and shoot, even though I really didn't want to at first. Not only did I get some photos that I really like, I forced myself to try and look at things in different perspectives (a good practice for taking photos) and ended up feeling comfortable behind the lens again. Plus physical activity always helps to clear my head and get refocused when I need to.
Now I realize that winter is, unfortunately, not over yet and that I am probably bound to have some more days where getting out is a challenge. However I am thankful that over the past year I have learned to be able to recognize these rough spots for what they are, temporary. Summer always comes after winter, and there will always be good times after the hard, as long as you're willing to push through.