Pursuing My Passions

image

About a month ago, I was having a conversation with my mother while eating lunch. The subject somehow found its way to art, and my mother was telling me how gifted she thought I was and how great she thought my artwork is. I then told her, that I wanted to pursue something creative as a career.

I have been thinking about going back to school and getting a second degree in graphic design. I currently have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, but I haven’t been able to land a job in that field. I have a pretty good job right now, doing technical support on the phones for one of the leading electronic companies. What is a good job, it’s not something that I feel is a career and I am nearing plateau as far as advancement. I feel like it’s a time for change. I want something I can call a career, not just a job. Not only that, I want a career I can be passionate about.

Well okay, let me get back to that conversation I was having with my mother. I had just told her, more or less, that I want to pursue my dreams.that I want to pursue my dreams. After hearing the compliments she had for me, I was expecting her to be supportive… Or at least, be open to the idea of me doing more creatively. What she said next has been bugging me ever since. Instead of saying anything remotely positive, she jumped right into saying that I needed to be “practical”. Then comma she went on to say that I could do it on the side, but I needed to keep working a “real job”.

image

This pretty much ended the conversation. I’ve always wanted to do things that would allow me to be creative, and this is always been her response. I guess I was foolish to expect anything else. When I was younger, I love this train of thought determine what I did. After High School I just started working. After a while, my parents offered to send me to school in the Philippines where I, eventually, got my degree in computer science – something that seemed “practical”. Since coming back to the United States after college, I feel like I’ve done everything but work in the field that I studied.

I do appreciate the job I have today, but I know that this is not the end of the road for me. I don’t plan to quit this job and become a starving artist, but I do realize that I need to start pursuing my dreams.I believe that the talent I have been given and the passion that is deep inside my heart were given to me by God. If I pursue what’s in my heart, I believe I will be successful. I know getting there will not be easy. I don’t have any attention to not be “practical” in the pursuit of my passions, but I’m no longer going to let being “practical” get in the way of pursuing the things I’m passionate about.

image

A deal I couldn’t pass up…

Recently, I was in our local Wally World (that’s what I call Wal-Mart) grabbing a couple of things, when I came across a table marked “Clearance” in the electronics section. Most of the items on it weren’t really of interest to me. The majority of things were outdated gadgets that just didn’t sell well.  There were a few things that must have gotten lost on the back of shelves for years. As I was turning to walk away, I saw something that was hard to believe. I stopped in mid stride and turned my attention back to the table. I walked up to it and picked up a box, checking the price.  It was just as I thought I had seen it.

image

I have had a good DSLR camera on my wish list for quite a while now. Now here I was, looking at a brand new, sealed in the box,  Nikon D3300 18-55 VR Kit on clearance for $224.50. I paused and pondered for a moment before making a decision. I really wasn’t ready to spend $200, but this was such a great deal,  it was hard to pass up. This camera was being sold for over $200 under market value!

In the end,  I left Wally World that day with a brand new camera. I would have opened it up and played with it right away,  but I had to go to work. I did bring the camera to work with me, and charged the battery under my desk while I was working,  but I wasn’t able to really “play” with my new toy until the next day.

image

It has been nearly a month now since I made the purchase, and I have taken a few pictures with the camera. I’ve been looking around for accessories to go with the camera, and have a few things marked for later purchases. It appears that I will be spending more on lenses than I did on the camera. I’ll be sure to make updates to this blog, as I pick up new items to go with my camera. Also,  keep an eye out for new pictures taken with the Nikon.