After all, what's a life, anyway?

I still remember the first time I saw Charlotte’s Web ( o La Telaraña de Charlotte as it was called in the Dominican Republic), back in 1973. I remember bawling my eyes out when it ended.

A garden spiderweb after the rain…

It stayed with me long after that and since then, I have watched the cartoons multiple times.

I am a grown man and it still gets to me…

The message I get from it, is that we should always embrace and enjoy every moment of your life as it is the last one.

From that book I have learned to be Humble, Terrific, Radiant and Some Human being (Paraphrasing Charlotte)…

We can all use some time to self-reflect and try to be the best that we can be in our lives. After all, what’s a life anyway?

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.
— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

Is Ok to Fail

It’s said that you need 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill.

In photography this is translated to the famous axiom: “Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst.

To me, that means that is ok to fail. 9,999 times to be exact!

It is though failure that we are able to identify greatness. It’s through falling that we can get up, dust off and continue on the journey.

If all we do is successful, we will never know the sweet taste of achievement. It will be a very boring existence.

It’s said that struggle is what makes us feel alive.

When we look back at our failures, we always fell happier. We got over them. We succeeded! “We are better than that”, we tell ourselves.

Of course is scary when we are failing, but we should never let fear run us.

This too, my friend, shall pass…

As photographers, when we look at our pictures from 10,000 images ago, we see how good we have gotten. How much we have advanced, as photographer, editors, human beings.

That is why I say, is always OK to fail. You will become a better person in the end.

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” —Wilma Rudolph