One week from today I will be at the beginning of what promises to be a creative adventure that will challenge me in new and different ways and expose me to new creative processes and push me farther out of my own comfort zone than I have ever been before.
I am looking forward to it.
I am nervous and excited at the same time with a healthy dose of anxiety on top.
Outside of a few trips I made by myself for my job, way back in the day
I signed up for Camp Shutter Sisters Oasis about 6 months ago. As soon as I completed my registration I immediately had anxiety, palpitations and nervous energy. I had just reserved a spot at a resort in Palm Springs with 80 people I didn't know. A few days later I actually tried to cancel my reservation. After expressing my fears and concerns with my family they immediately put my mind at rest and insisted that I should go and told me to cancel my cancellation.
I cancelled my cancellation. The reservation was confirmed. I was going.
It's not really 80 people I don't know. It's 80 people I've never met in person. I have known most of them for at least a couple of years through Tracey Clark's on-line Picture classes. This group of photography enthusiasts has banded together to encourage and support one another through various other online classes and flickr groups. We have shared pictures and stories of ourselves and our lives. Happiness and sadness, success and failure, we have shared all these things. This group has always been available for a virtual ear, virtual hug and virtual pat on the back.
The internet has made it possible to become friends with people who live far away. Sometimes it is hard to actually meet these friends in person. This camp makes it possible. People from around the world will be there.
Next week is full of promise and possibility. It will be fun and it will be over too soon.
I'm glad I'll be there!
Now I just need to lose 20 pounds before Sunday!
Have you stepped out of your comfort zone?