Monday, April 25th, 2011...10:48 am
Is your passion worth your life?
A while back, I did a review of a trip being planned for photographers that was to be hosted by one of my favorite photographers and authors. Even though I am not a photographer, I think a little part of me always wishes that I was and I envy those that are. To top it off, the trip was to take place in Italy. It’s been a life-long dream of mine to visit this fine country and soak up it’s beauty and culture. When I read about the trip, a little sigh of longing escaped my lips. It came as no surprise to me that the trip was a huge success. So much so, that the hosts, David duChemin and Jeffery Chapman, decided to do it again this year.
Over the weekend, tragedy struck when David took a nasty fall that left him with broken bones in his feet, hands, and hip. It is no doubt that he is facing surgery and a very long and painful recovery. My heart aches for him. However, I have a feeling that this is not the last we will see of David. Passion for his craft runs deep, far, and wide, within him. If you don’t believe me, read the article he posted to his website just before the accident took place. It’s an ironic, and yet pointed piece about how all passion comes with some risk, and sometimes, most of the time, the risk is well worth the trouble.
Knowing David and reading that as the accident happened he was begging people in the group to take pictures, I am sure that not only will he recover and get back to his passion, but that he has no regrets. From this he will rise and make the most of it. Something even tells me that he is passing out photography tips to nurses and doctors from his hospital bed as I write this.
But all of this makes me wonder – am I as passionate about my career as David is for his? Could I put my life at risk for it? Some may say that I already have with the multiple herniated disks in my spine that I have received from sitting so much. But would I stand on the edge of a cliff for it? Would you?
Think about it.