Project 52 - Week 14 | Push or Pull


When faced with this week’s 52 week photo challenge prompt, Push or Pull, I had a lot of different ideas come to mind. I thought about friction, which reminded me of family, relationships, and just general life. This prompt could have taken a lot of interesting turns since I could’ve chosen either push or pull. I chose to let the moment come to me.

This week I was faced with a lot of stressors – events that I really hadn’t planned for and having to shuffle plans around to make things work. I was told that my man was going to have surgery on Friday, I was asked to shoot a wedding that was moved up on Saturday, and I had already planned on driving hours to get back to Chicago to photograph my best friend’s 6 month old.

Phew. I had to move a lot of things around to accommodate for other sudden plans.

The surgery happened on Friday and it went perfectly – textbook surgery, no complications. Until he was in recovery. His heart couldn’t handle the surgery and went into atrial fibrillation. After a few hours of not being able to get his heart to beat normal, they admitted him and moved him to the cardiatric wing where they would monitor him overnight. Thankfully, after a handful of hours, his heart came back to beat steady and he was good to leave Saturday afternoon.

The wedding was on Saturday. It was moved up to ensure that their mom, who was very sick, could make it. I felt honored to have been contacted on such a short notice for this 2-hour gig and made sure that this day was extra special. It was saddening to hear that she did pass away on Monday afterwards. Though, I know she was elated to have been a part of their wedding day.

I finally made it back to my roots outside of Chicago. Whenever I’m home, I tend to squeeze as much quality-time in with as many people. I have a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and I fret that I won’t get that time back if I don’t spend it well.

By the time Tuesday rolled around and it was time for me to drive home, I was pooped. I had completely forgotten about the prompt! As I drove through the countryside of Illinois, I passed a farmhouse that was littered with chickens, cows, goats, and lambs. But what caught my eye was a duck.

He was floating in the ditch full of water on the other side of the fence. It was blustery out and the weather was truly spring – raining on and off randomly. The duck used the wind and this water to cut under the fence to the other side. And that’s when it hit me.

Sometimes life will throw curveballs and storms your way (actually, it will always happen), but you can always use those negatives circumstances to benefit yourself. More than that, even when there are stressful situations, you make the best of them. Thanks little duck for that life lesson.