On my recent photo trip to the mountains of the Czech Republic, I almost broke my ankle while hiking up the hill.
I stepped on a loose rock and twisted my ankle. Nothing major just painfull as hell when I step on it.
So I sat down for a while thinking how much pain in the ass this situation was.
For a while I was swearing around and probably scared off few animals running in the forest.
But then, I started thinking that this could happen to anyone and it’s part of what I do.
It makes sense that if you spend time in the mountains chasing sunrises and sunsets all day long that things like that could happen.
Luckily, it wasn’t broken just a bit red around.
The pain was still there, but I decided to keep pushing through it until I didn’t feel it anymore. Only when I stopped. Then the pain came back so I made sure to keep going.
And so, as I’m walking it reminded me about one thing I heard from Chris Burkard when he said something very profound…
“Anything worth that is pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit”
Here is the thing…
The pain will eventually disappear but the gain from the experience that you go through and the photos you take will stay with you forever.
This in my opinion makes so much sense.
Think about it. There isn’t any sport where you wouldn’t feel pain as you trying to progress.
The same is in photography. if you don’t feel pain right now, then there is something you’re doing wrong. You’re not pushing yourself enough.
I could have turned around and give up. Let the pain control me. Stop me from going further.
But I didn’t and because of that I was able to bring home great photographs.
And witness stunning sunset with the Sun setting between two mountain peaks and the clouds turning red. Trully breathtaking scene! (I’ll share the photos with you later)
The pain passed completelly and I stood there, enjoying the moment.
Something the girlie men will never get to see.
Because they quit at the first sign of pain.
So if there is any pain, push through it, don’t give up.
You’ll be rewarded.
P.S. For more understanding get the “The Outdoor Experience” course made by Chris Burkard. Well worth the money
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