I would like to think we all realize that sacrifices are a part of life. However, all too often they are seen in a negative way – as missed opportunities, as causing hardships or per the ‘dictionary’ they are noted as offerings to god in the form of killing animals or people. Needless to say I’m certainly not killing anyone, or anything, I am talking about a slightly different type of sacrifice.
Due to recent events I am trying to recognize sacrifices as opportunities that can illuminate new paths in life and in our way of thinking & learning. Some sacrifices I have made in the last few days are obvious, I won’t be seeing my family, friends or loved ones, there is no paycheck in my near future and I am giving up almost all of the creature comforts I have basked in over the entirety of my life thus far. I also made some last minute sacrifices that will change the course of the trip in terms of my photography. Due to the problems I have been having with my back ( yes, i know, I am an old man) there was a desperate and dire need to cut some weight, and by ‘some’ I mean as much as possible, out of my pack. So I ditched the tripod (3.1 lbs) and my beloved 24-70mm lens (2 lbs) as well as an external hard drive and a few other useful but not necessary items which in total added up to another pound of weight that I will do without. For anyone who has backpacked, hiked, or traveled in general it is easy to understand how much of a difference six pounds can make. This leaves me with only the essentials: a camera body and a 50mm lens. While this does potentially cut out many photo opportunities, I am excited for the challenges ahead, the struggles to follow and all the good times to come.