I have been taking a lot of photos the past few years. Of myself, things I like, landscapes, cities, the food I eat and the list goes on. And all over the world, my job has brought me to more destinations I could ever think of or wish for. And some of those destinations just hold a special place in my heart. Some of the shoots I have done are simply favorites for no specific reason. One of those destinations is Paris, where these photos have been taken. Paris, because Paris. And yes, I know, I might be stating the obvious, but Paris is just everything, my absolute favorite city to shoot in of all cities out there. I wish I spent more time there!
“Paris, because Paris.”
There’s something about France. Actually, there are a lot of things about France. My favorite country in Europe, I would choose it over Italy or Spain if I had to. One day, when we grow up and all that jazz, I hope to own a house in France. Probably not Paris, but maybe the South of France. On the Cote d’Azur or in the Provence maybe. One of those old farms, or country homes with a huge garden. A place where, when we retire in a million years, we could spent all summer. A girl could dream no?
And when I think of it, I would actually love to live in Paris for a while too. And London, in no specific order. I absolutely LOVE living in New York at the moment, but the European in me knows I will be heading back to “my continent” at some point. When we moved here last year, I really thought this would be my forever home. I mean, I’ve been wanting to move for such a long time! And although I can’t see myself leaving any time soon, at the same time I can’t see myself living here forever either. Raising kids, build out our family. But who knows?
At this point I also realize that, especially in our industry, it’s so hard to make predictions at all. I can’t look ahead too much because I simply don’t know what’s gonna happen. I don’t know what Instagram is going to do, or the economy. I don’t know what opportunities might come up that I absolutely want to take. The one thing I do know is the now. What so I want to be doing now, what will I enjoy in the near future. You can’t know exactly where you will be this time next year, almost no one can. Don’t get me wrong, I’m making plans and all, definitely strategizing for the next few years. What I’m trying to say is that although planning is very wise, is that I also like to keep my options open when it comes to the big unknown.
That is something I have really learned the past few years, you can never really know what’s gonna happen and that’s the beauty of it. You can’t predict the future, you can’t control any of it. And we shouldn’t want to. Yes, I’m not going to contest that it is good to have a stable base and securities in your life. I need that too. But I’m trying to let go of the fear. The fear of what might happen if I make decision x, y or z. Because there’s no use in that whatsoever. I’m taking things as they come, but try to move forward at the same time. Plan for the necessary, yet flexible for opportunity.