Tonight I was voted onto the committee of my local Eastbourne Photographic Society Camera Club as their new Digital Secretary.
My role will involve collecting digital images from members, preparing them for the competition evenings and projecting them onto a screen on the night for the judging to take place. It is quite a responsibility, but will also be a great way to get to know other club members and to improve my own photography.
As I came away from the meeting, I realised that it is actually quite a daunting prospect and that got me thinking: if something is worthwhile doing, it is often daunting and, if you are not daunted at the start, you probably don’t care enough about what you are doing in the first place.
I started thinking about all the things I find daunting at the moment and decided to make a list:
- Joining the committee of the camera club and becoming the Digital Secretary
- Running my first half marathon, the Poppy Half, in November 2014 followed by the Brighton Marathon in 2015
- Photographing a friend’s wedding later this year
- Applying for an accountant’s Practice Certificate and starting up my own part-time bookkeeping business
- Tackling the huge list of work needed to my property, which is a bit of a ‘project’
- The lengthy recuperation process for my dog, Wilson, after he ruptured his cruciate ligament in his back leg over the Easter bank holiday… just 18 months after rupturing the one in his other back leg
- Fulfilling my dream of writing a book, a fiction novel – they say everyone has at least one good book in them.
These are daunting simply because they are the things that matter to me most at the moment (although in no particular order).
So forget about bucket lists, I now have my very own daunting list to tick off. The prospect terrifies me, but I am already thinking about how it will feel to achieve each one of these goals and I am getting just a little bit excited.
Over the next year, these will be my priorities. No distractions, no excuses, no timewasting…
( … I may have to bin my television and unplug my broadband…)