The best photographs seem to be the candid shots of people who don’t know you are taking their picture, because you catch them at their most natural moments.



I tried to sneak into the classroom while the teacher’s back was to the door. She calmly kept writing the day’s assignment on the board when she said, “Mr. Williams, you are tardy. Kindly take the hall pass and report to the principal’s office immediately.”


In order to achieve any sort of goal for yourself in life, it is helpful to come up with a strategy spelling out how you intend to obtain it. For instance, if you want to switch careers, you may need to take classes, update your resume, network with people in the industry, and apply for jobs. That is a very basic set of steps, each with its own actions to take. Taking classes may require you to research schools, apply for financial aid, and enroll. You need to decide for yourself whether this is the best way to achieve your ultimate goal.


In the blink of an eye, your whole life can change. This can be for the good or the bad, and sometimes you may not realize right away which one it is.

It isn’t always cut and dried… sometimes what can seem in the beginning like the best thing that ever happened to you and all your dreams are coming true only to find out as time goes on that perhaps it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Sometimes what can seem at the moment to be absolutely devastating news turns out to be a blessing in disguise.

Now that I’ve employed a ton of clichĂ©s, I will provide an example of the latter.

I worked for a company for about ten years off and on and in practically every department. My performance reviews were excellent and I enjoyed what I was doing. I wasn’t earning a ton of money, but did manage to purchase a larger home for my family. A few weeks later, I got a phone call in the middle of one afternoon that changed everything. I was told there was no need for me to come to work that night because the business was closing, effective immediately.

Blink. I enrolled in college.

Okay, that last part didn’t happen quite so quickly, but it was a direct result of the first part and something that I wouldn’t have had the resources to do without the particular circumstances of the company’s closure.

Blink. What’s next? Blink again.