Today has been a travel day for me off to New Orleans where I have meetings with several customers. What a city. Of course, one of the first things I thought was to grab some photo shots while here after hours.
After a long day (traveling & working from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) the thought of walking around and doing street photography just didn’t settle as well. I was still game, but after grabbing a bite to eat, I took a brief drive around downtown. It didn’t take long to see how the conditions on the streets after 7:00 were not so great. So I quickly decided it would be better to go back to the room and get some rest.
Only a few years ago, I would have gone all over the city, camera in hand, taking shots of everything. Today, not so much. What changed? I asked myself. What is it that causes me now to not want to risk my life for a photo when, just a few years ago, I was ‘all in’?
The only thing I can come up with is that I’ve retreated to the ‘safe zone’. What used to be little cause for concern is now, something I’m much more careful about. Maybe it’s maturity. Or, maybe, I’ve become more cautious because I know, if anything happens to me, there are a lot of folks who will be affected in not so good of ways. Or, maybe I was a bit too much of a risk taker before…
Playing it safe keeps us safe most of the time. We still can’t prevent the acts of God or random walking bridge collapses as I saw on the news tonight. But, it will keep us from going places where the enemy of our soul can hurt us either physically or spiritually. It’s the same way with our hearts.
We live in a world full of temptations, evil people intent on stealing from us, and evil in general. I, for one, have been naïve most of my life, but as I’ve grown older after making too many mistakes in the past, I’ve learned to guard my heart, and life, from the evil that not only wants to destroy me, but everyone I’m close to.
So, tomorrow I’ll get some shots in the daytime. For now, the shot above was taken from my hotel room balcony (not a bad view…). Sometimes, playing it safe is just the right thing to do.
Wishing you all a safe and blessed week-end!