Bringing in the New Year… between heaven and earth

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As I write this 2017 is drawing to a close. On the new iMac that I bought a few weeks ago a bunch of old tunes is playing on youtube. It’s an eclectic mix. From Boney James to Chris Rea and Cat Stevens to Live from Daryl’s House. It’s music that brings back memories and puts me in a good place.

Music can do that. I don’t get drunk or do drugs but I only imagine that the feeling is similar.  It’s a warm and comfortable feeling. Familiar.

If our souls revisit earth after we pass and have a choice of what I am, I want to be a musician.  A saxophonist playing jazz or a pianist tinkling the ivories in a lounge. Was the path that I took in this life chosen before I arrived? I don’t know but it has always been fun for me to speculate.

The arts are somehow tied to the soul I believe. Music, art and food can all transport us to a magical place and I have no explanation for that. It is like love, I know what it is but I cannot explain it.

My life like everyone else has had obstacles and disappointments. My biggest disappointment is never really knowing my father who died when I was six years old. I knew him as well as a small child. I always envied my friends who could tell stories of doing things with their fathers. For me, there were only foggy memories.

The upside of that is that I was blessed to have a mother who was strong, independent and loved us all dearly. From her I learned that I could accomplish anything if I applied myself.  I also learned from her that problems are put in front of us to overcome. They are never meant to defeat us. My younger sister once told me that God never gives you more than you can handle and she is right.

At the age of 63 I think more often of my mortality. My time on earth is more than half over but it doesn’t make me sad because I have accepted that everyone dies or passes on. It’s the natural course of life. It is a part of our journey both yours and mine. Both of my parents have long since left this place and one day I will too as will you.

What will the new year bring? As the years start to tick down there is a sense of urgency to accomplish things that are yet achieved.

The past few years have been more about discovery than anything else when it comes to photography. We never know it all and that certainly is the case with me. Both knowledge and life experience are a big part of why we are here. Can we ever know it all?

In a way photography is a metaphor for my life. It stopped being about earning an income or impressing people long ago. No longer do I need to have my hair styled or dress in what is deemed fashionable. A clean t-shirt and  pressed jeans are what feels right. The time to worry about what others think of me or my photography is past.

I know that this post is a bit off topic but I promise next year to write more about photography. Really I do. Every time I stop to do that my mind jumps elsewhere and for that I apologize. Instead of writing about photography I write about what moves me. Is that a curse or a blessing? I dunno but that is who I am.

Happy New Year to all and happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on December 30, 2017.

2 Responses to “Bringing in the New Year… between heaven and earth”

  1. Dan~ You’ve written SO much about photography. Probably more than you even realize. I can say that with certainty because I keep a folder with your name on it where I’ve saved all the fantastic, helpful tips and marvelous words of wisdom you’ve shared over the years. So do what most of us do: post a photo that makes you happy and feel free to write about whatever crosses your mind and/or moves your heart. Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. Happy New Year and thank you for your kind thoughts. You are much too kind. I know that I tend to ramble and lose track that this is first and foremost a photo blog. I have a review of some great software coming up soon.

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