She blinked, confused, as cameras flashed.
One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson – Always do what you are afraid to do.
I’ve always wanted to be a better photographer, both in RL and SL. I’ve taken online courses and tried to teach myself, but my photos never seem to match what I see in my head.
A month or so ago, I was scrolling through my social media and saw that the Visionaire Institute in SL was accepting applications. I’ve thought about applying for several semesters, but never did.
All those negative thoughts ran through my head – “I’m not good enough, I’ll never learn to take photos like X” – and on and on. Mostly it was fear talking.
Fear that I wouldn’t be able to learn. Fear that I wouldn’t be able to hold my own with the other students. Fear that I wouldn’t be creative enough. Fear of stepping out of my comfort zone. Fear of social interactions.
This time, though, I decided to face my fears, and I applied. I thought, if I get in great, if I don’t, I can always apply again later. I purposely tried to put it all out of my mind after I applied, so that I wouldn’t drive myself crazy.
I actually succeeded in not obsessing over the application, so I was happily surprised to get a notice that I had been accepted into the program. 🙂
And I’m so glad that I applied – after only two classes, I’ve learned a ton and have met some of the greatest people. I am looking forward to learning more and hopefully improving my skills as I go.
Thanks, Mr. Emerson. 😀
Hair: Elikatira – Betty
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