Wooooo! I’m gonna walk that aisle.
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Yesterday I bought a new camera. I’ve been waiting with anticipation to upgrade for a while. So when an unexpected trip popped on the calendar, I knew I needed a new camera to take along.
After all of the buildup, excitement, hopes and dreams of becoming a photography superstar, I found myself sulking at my computer screen viewing shot after blurry, ill composed shot. A little panic crept in. It felt all wrong – buttons and dials in places where buttons and dials were not before. The new bag is even weird. It’s a funky slingshot style that’ll take me a while to figure out how to harness to my body. I even took off the brand new lens I’ve been drooling over and put my old handy, dandy 50mm back on.
It was a rotten place to be. It wasn’t that I was unthankful or unappreciative – my husband spoils me rotten – no, it was the unfamiliar that threw me.
Then I learned something about myself. I like routine. I like normal. I like knowing where everything is. I like being able to walk to the potty in the middle of the night without having to turn a light on.
This new camera threw a kink into my normal. I would have to learn how to use the new camera and all the fangled stuff it boasts, all the fangled stuff I’d longed for, all the buttons and dials that would supposedly push me to the next level of photography excellence.
In the middle of my little freak out it hit me, I was afraid to move ahead. It’s not as if I can’t learn the camera. I’m a smart woman. I learned how to use the one I’ve been using all these years after all. It was more a fear of pushing through in an effort to improve. What if I didn’t improve? What if I stayed in the same spot?
Left to my own devices I probably would’ve stayed right there in the middle of my little freak out, crawled under a rock (with my old camera) and called it day.
But God pushes us out of our comfort zones and onward.
And He has a sense of humor.
Just then, out of the blue, I recalled the words of the legendary Ric Flair, the “Nature Boy” himself…
“To be the man, you’ve gotta beat the man … woooo! … you’ve gotta walk that aisle …”
Not that I’m into fighting or anything – or wrestling for that matter – but I’m gonna walk that aisle, with my new camera in tow.
I’ll figure it out. I’ll meet the challenge and next year I’ll look back and laugh at myself for ever having doubted my ability. It’s a simple lesson, I know, but it applies to so many areas of life. Stay where you are and pass up a chance to move forward, or go for it and see where it leads you.
I choose moving forward.
So what fight do you need to fight? Or what aisle do you need to walk? What has recently pushed you out of your comfort zone?
Or are you waiting for a little nudge?
See ya later! I’ve got a manual to go read.
MY fight?? Where do I start? Everything seems like a fight to me these days. And not in a good “Woooo!” way. I feel like this guy in a book I once read: poised to jump out of the hole in the plane, the instructor told him “You need to go now, or I’m gonna have to put my foot in your backside” after a minute he said “I’ll take that foot now”
Whaddya say? Can you spare a foot?
Amy, congrats on the new camera! You are a very intelligent woman, I’m sure you’ll know that camera like the back of your hand in no time!
I am SO excited for you! I understand that fear and anxiety, as I lived it just a few weeks ago. You will get it, really, and it won’t take long. I still have a lot to learn about the D200, but I can already tell a difference in my pictures so it encourages me that I’m on the right track.
I am going through the same thing right now! My husband surprised me last week with the camera I have been wanting for so long and now I’m having to force myself NOT to use my old standby. I’m back to reading manuals and feeling like I’ll never get it. So, here’s to moving forward! Your post literally took the words right out of my mouth and made me smile.
Oooh. I would love to have even your old camera! Are you going to sell it? Seriously, I understand what you’re saying. It’s easy for me to stay in my comfort zone and never step out of it. I really don’t have anything that feels pressing right now. But that just means I’m comfortable. Thanks for the nudge. I’ll keep you updated.
Hey Southern Gal!
No, I’m not going to sell it. I’ll be using it as a second camera to teach my children (and husband) with. Plus it’s 5 years old and I’d hate to sell it and then it croak on someone. You may be able to find some used ones online – it’s the Nikon D50 and I’ve really been happy with it. It’s pretty basic but handy.
As a total camera lover, I demand to know what kind of camera you got! You can’t just leave us hanging like that!
I just upgraded from the D40 to the D90 and whew, it was such a difference! I’m getting the hang of it, but there are still a few things that I miss from my D40. Overall, though, I’m very happy with it!
I upgraded to the D300s. It’s pretty cool for sure but has a bit of a learning curve. Finished the tutorial last night and plan on taking advantage of a sunny day today and trying it out.
I feel like God is calling me to give up sugar. I know it sounds stupid.. but I CANT DO IT!! I am freaking out all over the place.
You are going to love your new camera. 🙂
I’ve just had a similar experience at Christmas. I have a Nikon D40 and bought myself a 50mm 1.8 lens knowing full well that it would be manual focus. On Christmas eve I took it out of the box and tried it out..weeks before I literally had nightmares…what if I couldn’t focus it…what if the reviews that all claimed it was too hard to focus would be true…and then I took the first few shots…and they were blurry…oh no I thought I’ll never get this! Well I kept practising and learned how to use the little green dot in the view finder…and I’m getting there. It’s still on the camera and I’ve caught some brilliant shots. I figure I have to be more creative and that’s ok.
Beautifully written. It is so easy to just stay in the same place.. but what fun is that. And really it just starts to feel so stale and fulfilling. Good luck figuring out your new camera.
Great writing and if anyone can conquer your new camera, you can. You know I couldn’t ’cause I start pushing buttons and turning dials before I read the directions. Directions to me our like Greek. But just think of the great pictures you will be able to share with all of us.
Love to all, Mom
LOVE my d90- LOVE IT. it’s the best thing EVER. i hope you learn to LOVE IT, too!!
Oh my goodness… the pictures you’ve taken with your old camera are amazing! I can’t wait to see what you can do with the new camera. I know it’s only a matter of time before you start feeling comfortable with it. Glad you listened to your nudge to move forward. I’m in the stage of being quiet and listening for mine.
If I can figure out the D300 with zero photography training, YOU can figure it out! Soon, it will feel like home… I promise! I had the same ugh when I first got mine too but now I can’t imagine not having it!
You can do it :o)
Before you know it you will be super happy with your camera.
Just takes time and practice. Be gentle with yourself!
Woohoo!!! Congrats on the upgrade. I have the D300 and honestly, I thought you were shooting with that before! You will love it. I read the manual and that really helped. Can’t wait for the photos. 🙂
I ~suppose~ I should learn how to use my own camera…that I’ve had for what 6 months now? I still take pictures on the auto settings.
Your right, your right, I know your right.
~ahem~ You’re, not your. sheesh.
Perhaps I should be nudged into an English class 🙂