We often forget the importance of focus in life. Not some stupid concept around keeping focus while reading, writing or the sundry work-life applications that every self-help author touts, but real focus. We can consolidate our eyes and minds to a singular thing or task with little effort, if we apply ourselves just a bit. True focus is much harder to achieve.
True focus demands an attentiveness to Life (Big L) that we easily forget.
Focus, as I think of it anyway, is the same in life as in photography. We can choose one thing to focus on over all, or focus on everything at once and lose the details, right? I look at it more as composition. Your focus lies in what you see in the image, not in what’s sharp.
It’s so much more satisfying, isn’t it? Far less demanding and anxiety inducing. You can pull in close and point out how out of focus the above photo is, or see the dots and marred film indicating I didn’t take good care of the negative. But when I look at that photo, I only remember the feelings that brought me to that moment, the cold wind on my sweaty back, and the unflappable grin on my face as I watched the sun rise.
Focus simply demands you to live your life intentionally, with purpose, and with enough clarity for your own needs. We don’t all need to know exactly where we’re going all the time. I’m only 24 years old at the time of writing, and I have a real vague idea of what my Life will be, but it’s clear enough for me. Others have questioned that, made me feel like I didn’t measure up, or like I needed a plan and solid goal. I’m happy with what I’ve got right now. A goal for the next year, tentative plans to get a tattoo in the near future, and a long term dream that may or may not come true.
Until such time as something bigger happens in my life, I’m content where I’m at, and that feels like real focus to me. Maybe I’ll run away and never come back. Maybe I’ll stay where I’m at until I’m old, gray, and cracked with wrinkles. Maybe I’ll get distracted by the wind, waves, and tides of human emotion, but I’ll always return to my own self.
In the meantime, thanks for reading or coming by for some pretty pictures, and enjoy a brief respite from the world around us.