This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get and have decided to write a whole post about it. I want everyone to know that it isn’t a hobby, definitely isn’t a sport or anything else in between.
The way I look at it is, it’s a lifestyle. It’s something I do not just because I enjoy it, not because it helps me (even though at times it’s much needed), but simply because it has become my way of life.
I’ve been laughed at for it, believe it or not. I remember back in Richmond, prior to moving, I would walk along the James River with my friend Hermione. We would talk and enjoy the views, and some guys from the park nearby would start laughing at us and calling us a couple. Now, we were a couple of girls, but definitely not together, if you know what I mean…
One of my biggest friends and mentors was actually Hermione’s dad, Melvin. He actually gave me a free photo shoot at his studio, prior to retiring from photography and starting his photo booth business, Photo Booth Rental Richmond. Feel free to check out his website by clicking the name of the company.
Melvin, was one of the most important people in my life as I was growing up, following my immediate family of course. He taught me how to be mentally strong when challenges hit, how to resist urges to buy (I used to have a pretty big problem with shopping back in the day) and essentially, how to be kind to others.
My life hasn’t been very tough when it comes to money, but I have definitely been through a ton of emotional suffering…
My whole life, I was a chubby, and have been made fun of by most of my peers. I suppose that all of my emotional issue, have turned me into a pretty hateful person at times.
For example: I remember screaming at my sister for doing things that are nothing to everyone else, but I would get extremely mad at her. Now that I think about it, I was mad at myself and jealous of her. It’s hard to admit it, but that’s exactly what was happening. Strange things happen, when you finally grow up. It’s almost like you transform and not just physically, but also mentally and sometimes even spiritually. Things that used to matter, don’t matter as much any longer, your priorities shift. That’s exactly what happened to me…
Since then, I have given up alcohol and partying, got into yoga, meditation and gym. I have also tried out crossfit, but found out it isn’t for me.
All I’m trying to say here is that everyone has their own way of relaxing, and mine is bay and whale watching when possible of course. I have also recently taken on fishing. If any of you get to try deep sea, it’s totally worth it! Next thing on my list is diving, but that’s some time in the future. Gonna take it one step at a time.
Thank you for ready my first post. I appreciate any feedback and feel free to reach out to me via my email if you have any question or just wanna chat. Thanks!