Ever felt like the one thing that you spend the most time on or you think most defines you (be it a job or a role you play in your life) does not truly resonate with who you are within? Well to put it succinctly, that is the story of my life.
I am a lawyer by profession, or rather, that is what I thought most defined me until last year. Last year I became a mother to a gorgeous little boy and since then I have not been the same. It was then that I realised what I thought most defined me as a person became a thing of the past the minute I laid eyes on my son. In that moment I understood the fleeting, transitory nature of life. It dawned upon me that life is not a moment caught in time but rather an ongoing journey of continuous personal development and growth and that you are never the same person you were yesterday.
This realisation firstly made me want to photographically document every moment spent with my son and my amazing husband, who has been my pillar of strength for the longest time. A second manner in which I document the moments in my life is through my writing. Going back to the things I wrote a decade ago almost feels like I have stepped into a time machine.
I yearn to capture moments not because I want to live in those moments but because I feel like once a moment is thus captured I am free to leave that moment behind as life demands me to do, and fully embark upon the next adventure it has in store for me. Strangely enough, capturing the moments I most enjoy through my writing and photography frees me up to live my life in the present without looking back and to fully embrace the ongoingness of life.
In a nutshell, this is my life (for now): I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lawyer, a budding lifestyle photographer, a writer, a voracious reader, a passionate cook, an art enthusiast, a constant traveller, a Truthist (yes, this is a thing), a TED-addict and so much more. I have realised that only when I reach out into myself to discover and breathe life into all aspects of me and to tap into all my multi-potentialities do I feel truly free and at peace with myself. Happiness is not out there. Happiness is within. Happiness is an inside job. Happiness is the way.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for being a part of my life’s ongoing tapestry, which has been made richer because of all of you.
I can’t smile without you two.