Do you have a hobby? Having a passion or doing something that brings us pleasure is one way to help us Thrive in life. This week in my Over 50 & Thriving Series, I’m delighted to introduce Suzanne Vosbikian from Picture Retirement You can find Suzanne’s links to her website and social media at the end, so don’t forget to pop over and connect with her.
Suzanne has found a way to combine her love of travel and photography to thrive in retirement. I recently discovered Suzanne’s blog and her photos of her recent trip to Europe were wonderful and I felt I was actually there. Today, Suzanne shares with us her love of photography and how it helps her to Thrive.
How Photography helps me to Thrive
Most of us are likely to have had an interest or hobby that we set aside during our working years due to any number of reasons that seemed to apply at the time. Our time and energy was directed toward more important priorities like making a living, maintaining a marriage and raising children.
At this stage of life, there are no more excuses to be made, and we have nothing but time. Why hold back now?
I asked myself that question a few years ago when my husband gifted me with my first ever digital camera. I have always had an interest in photography, but I never took the time to study the fundamentals and experience photography as an art form. Point and shoot pictures were good enough.
Back then, I honestly did not believe that I had the patience or ability to take on a time-consuming hobby. I was wrong to doubt myself.
Age, maturity, desire and confidence have made the difference between being satisfied with good enough and striving toward being better. It also helps that as a retiree, I now have time to pursue a hobby that has quickly grown into a passion.
I realized that to become a better photographer, I would have to take the same approach that I had throughout my adult life when I needed or wanted to learn a new skill – hard work. I took lessons from local professionals, watched endless “youtube” videos and practiced by taking hundreds of photos per week.
When I couldn’t find a local photography club, I formed one.
It attracted both novice and professional photographers and we learned with and from each other. For months, I took two steps forward and three steps back as I struggled through the learning curve to get myself past the Automatic setting on my camera, but I did it
My photography falls into the category of hobbyist, but I have received pay for some of my work. I regularly contribute my time on behalf of local charities and am called upon in my community to photograph special events. It is rewarding to do something that I love and have it appreciated by others. Having my circle of friends expand just because I pursued a new hobby has been an added bonus that is immeasurable.
What I learned from this experience and why I am thriving over fifty sixty, is that when you set aside self doubt, judgments and negative thoughts, and simply trust yourself, it is possible to create a new dimension to your life, at any age.
Photography is my new passion. Have you discovered yours?