Jump!: Ironically, in our world of abundant resources at our fingertips and the emphasis on perfection, comparison and competition, we often delay or not engage in an activity because we don’t have enough training or experience. We are afraid of looking stupid or that our activity or product will not be adequate. Funny that the more information we have available can cause us to be more insecure and careful.
Go for it! As Nike says, “Do IT!”. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Summon the courage to take that deep breath and try something new or something you don’t do well. Remember practice makes perfect. I came to the vlogging project with some experience in playing with iMovie. Do I know the application thoroughly? No. Did I plan out the project with exacting detail? No.
Did I have some reservations that the project might be cheesy and of no interest? Yes, but, ultimately my goals were:
- to offer a simple sharing of daily story, in hopes of bringing a smile to someone else
- let others know that many of us over sixty crowd have similar lives (challenges and points of laughter)
- possibly inspire someone else to take the jump in tell their story either through written or video form or begin a new creative project
Did I fear being judged and putting information on-line? Yes, however, I thought discernment was the name of the game. First, if someone wants to judge that is their issue not mine. I did get feedback from a number of people who said that they enjoyed the vlogs. Even if it was just from one person that to me made it worthwhile.
Second, I would only upload a video that I was willing to share with the world and know it would stay forever. Of course, we experienced sad or embarrassing moments or there moments of dark coloured language, yet those were times I chose not to share in the video.
Above all, in using the iMovie program and the photo editing daily, I did gain some proficiency. As it is said, practice makes perfect. Technology can be intimidating, especially for those of us older folk who didn’t grow up with it from young ages. Using devices and experimenting with other accessories, like iPhone lenses, gives us more confidence to experiment.
The weekly blogging and YouTube references embedded in my blog posts on my website, organizes my posts. It gives me control of my creative content and easy organizational access. Our lives during the pandemic are chronicled, which is kind of a cool piece of family history.
Whatever the creative project, hobby or new adventure carpe diem! Why not document it either through journaling, photos, or technology?