I had the opportunity the other day to go to a presentation by an acquaintance, (not a close friend). It was among her first out-in-the-open, in front of people, speaking assignments.
It has been said that if asked to speak in front of people, over 70% will say, “No, not me, I’d die if I had to speak in public.” I once saw that equated to the fact that at a funeral 7 out of 10 would rather be IN the coffin than, delivering the Eulogy. 🙂
With the inevitable, pauses, loss of thought chain, mixed up notes, nervous hair rearranging and the odd apology, she kept going and the ‘ordeal’ was over.
And do you know what? She’ll get better.
In a couple of years, should she have to speak to the same group, it will be a fully polished professional presentation. Full of confidence, because apart from the learning, she believes in the topic at hand. So much that the struggles will be forgotten—not erased, just no longer daunting. The one thing we took away was her sincerity.
It has also been said, and attributed to several sources, that
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”,
Some sources wrongly attributing Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching add.
“When the student is Fully ready, the teacher will disappear.’
And so for my new-speaking friend, the struggle to hold an audience will disappear and the message will be bright, clear and unhindered. How cool is that.
As I sat listening, I was drawn to the idea that no matter the art form, and photography is one such form, we want to uncover the techniques, the knowledge, and the craft, that will best resonate with our vision.
So we search.
And our experiences strike us, (as Deng Ming Dao says, “… like a stick hitting a bell and we learn about ourselves.”), like an experiment. Education comes from the results of that experiment.
With so many creative photographic possibilities, it’s always an adventure behind the camera. Each experiment holds a chance to hear the clear ring of the bell.
Keep takin’ pictures. We do.