Today marks the end of one long journey and the beginning of another which, hopefully, will also be a long one. The ending is the end of my career as a software engineer working in the corporate world. The beginning is a new endeavor which, at this time, is somewhat ill-defined. I do know that this new venture will include the practice of photography and post-processing with software like Photoshop and Lightroom. Beyond that, it’s hard to say. Video? Maybe. Epubs? Maybe. More website/software development? Probably, at least a little. But the precise pathway to be taken is something I’ll need to discover through a process of exploration.
This is a journey which started some 40 years when I got a gig, to be my first, to do the lighting at a small rock concert. The show was scheduled to take place a week later on a rural stage somewhere in San Bernardino County. The next week I packed up my Toyota Hilux pickup truck with my meager inventory of home-made lighting equipment and home-made electronics. I drove a couple of hours to the site and was surprised not to see anyone except a police officer in a cruiser patrolling the dirt road. He stopped me and asked my business. When I told him, he informed me that the concert had been canceled. Something about the lack of a permit. Despondently, I headed home. That was the beginning and end of my career as a concert lighting technician.
Since that time I’ve had a number of other business/creative ideas including a few which I’ve tried to get off the ground at various times. But for a variety of reasons—all my own failures in one way or another—none ever took flight.
Now, as I begin my seventh decade I am facing my last, best chance to craft a vocation built on passion. I know I’ve left this work until late. But I’d like to believe it’s not too late. In fact, from this vantage point I have some distinct advantages not the least of which is all my experience from years gone by. But as I look downstream at those years that have already flowed under the bridge I am acutely aware that the years that still lie upstream are circumscribed. On the one hand, that could be a limitation. On the other, it can be an advantage as it lends urgency to the task ahead.
I invite you to join me in creative exploration. I’ll share some waypoints of my journey from time to time. I hope to share in yours, also.