Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Some Things Are Beyond My Control

Back in December of 2011, Lisa bought me a very special gift. A camera. A really great camera. It was on sale. Olympus. Had all the features I wanted without all of the bells and whistles.  Even with the sale price knocking off almost 50%, the total cost was over $200. Since then, I have cherished this camera. Taken thousands of incredible photos. It has served me well. However...

It's over 8 years old. 

Over the past year, it has started to slow down a bit. Malfunction. Cause a bit o' angst. Needed a couple of repairs and new parts. But, even after all of that, it's inevitable that my camera is ready to retire. I'm almost certain that I can't rely on this camera for events that require several hundred photos to be taken.

That. Makes. Me. Sad.

To preserve what remaining time I have left with my trusty camera, I've been limiting its use. Most of the time, I only use it to take photos of the kids or DIY Dog Mom Projects that are up for grabs. 

If I keep that pace, my camera will probably last another year. 

Just recently, I volunteered to be the photographer for a very special event. That was our contribution because hiring a professional photographer can be very expensive.

Between the time I volunteered and over the weekend, I wasn't confident enough that my camera would be able to handle it. The battery wasn't holding a charge and a bunch of photos I had taken did not upload.

I sent the host of the event a message to let her know. I explained the entire situation and a little about the sentiment behind my camera. 

I received a 2 sentence response. 

At that moment, I stood amid the struggle because I understand both ends. 

I know the stress involved with planning a big event and trying to get everything in order and making sure everything goes as planned. 

Trust me. I do.


On the flip side, there are certain things that are out of my control. I did the best I could. I ordered a new battery. I bought a new SD card.

In the weeks and months ahead, I need to do is invest some time into researching cameras. With all of the options out there, that's going to take a long time. 

It will not happen between now and this weekend.

I will do my best.

And, that has to be good enough.

Doing my best and beyond is all that I can do.

That has to be good enough.

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