They say that every adventure has a beginning, a middle and an end. This seems like the stupidest thing to say as it seems so obvious. But having just been on one hell of an adventure that at times felt like the end was in the middle and the middle bit didn’t fit anywhere and the start seemed so long ago that it had disappeared into a black hole never to be seen again, that statement seems less stupid and more profound.
I’m rambling aren’t I?
I’ll cut to the chase…
I’m writing this post, sitting in our exhibition space, in front of my final exhibition piece for my degree, waiting for the exam moderator to turn up and judge my work. It is the last hurdle to jump before all of this degree business comes to an end and I take that first step on my own into the professional world; breaking those bonds of Solihull College and the safety net that it has provided me for the past four years; time to embark on the next phase of my career; time to start my Chapter One.
And if I’m honest, that scares the sh*t out of me !
Like rock climbing in slippers with no safety line.
But like every daunting task that has been placed in my path over these last four years, it will be something that I will overcome. I never thought that at my age, I’d find myself back in a classroom, learning new skills, challenging myself and making some fantastic new friends.
Hindsight is a fabulous thing and it’s easy to play that “shoulda, coulda, woulda” game. I wonder where I would be today if I had made my current choices 20 years ago. Would I have even stuck with photography? Who knows.
What I do know is that I am incredibly proud of what I have done over the past four years; the work I have produced, the shows I have been a part of and the skills I have learnt.
I am also fantastically grateful to all of those who have sailed on this ship with me – who have taught me those skills, shared their stories, opened their hearts and held me up when the sky went dark.
So now I set sail on a new sea. And this boat is only built for one person.
I guess it’s time to open my journal and start writing….