Dear Elizabeth Gilbert,
I cannot thank you enough for this message. You see, I am one of those people who lives for the passionate life you have always spoken of, but I also do not have just one fire burning within me. I have found that I have put myself on a passion roller coaster and the moments-in-between those of intense awe leave me questioning and wondering which turn was the wrong one taken that left me living on what I term “the surface.” I’ve always thought it a negative place where we glide along, untouched and not-experiencing because it is there that the fire has no flame.
What I have recently come to realize is that this place is where we live and love, it is our life. If I cannot find happiness there, can I really be happy? Is it even healthy to live on a constant adrenaline rush? The longer the passion-fire burns, the harder the crash when you inevitably come down.
The paradox in all of this is that I have always branded my photography with my tagline of the “moments in between.” I’ve prided myself in my attempts to capture the quiet moments full of beauty in between the obvious and more significant times that we experience.
Now, how is it that I have never realized the contradiction in this?