Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
– Oprah Winfrey
It’s so easy to let boring tasks fill up your whole life, from morning to night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Especially if you have a family.
And it’s so easy to not find time for yourself and not do what interests you in the name of duty and responsibility.
A couple of days ago, I drove one family member to a favourite activity in the morning then another family member to a favourite activity in the afternoon. As I sat at the second place, waiting, I saw a black-shouldered kite. I felt myself come alive as I watched it. It disappeared, but some time later it appeared again, with a mate. They did quite a few courtship flights and I was riveted.
As it happened, I had my camera in my car, but I didn’t bring it out because they were too far away for good photos. I just enjoyed watching them.
After I dropped the family member home, I decided to go to my favourite bird of prey spot.
I saw a pair of whistling kites in a tree, but the sun was right behind them. It sank behind the trees 15 minutes after I arrived.
I took some photos of birds in flight, but I hadn’t taken photos for so long that I used a wrong setting. By the time I realised, it was almost dark.
I cursed myself, especially as I had seen a swamp harrier and all my photos of it were blurry.
But an adult white-bellied sea-eagle flew overhead and I got a few snaps that weren’t too bad. I like the late afternoon light on its white feathers.
As I focussed on it (literally), I felt the power and the peace that comes to you when you are where you want to be, doing what you want to do.