“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
I finished! Phew. The 365 journey is a marathon. I almost took a break several times but thanks to the 365 community, I pushed through those lulls. While I’ve been dying to get to the finish line, it was two days ago that it hit me that my 365 journey was coming to an end and I felt a twang of sadness. Today I spent time going back through my project and it was amazing to reflect on all the events of the past year recalling memories that would otherwise have been forgotten. I will treasure all of them.
When I decided to do a 365 project a year ago, I had no idea what to expect. I posted my first photo and the welcoming I got from the members got me hooked. It is very difficult to describe what this community has meant to me and all I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You pushed me through when I almost stopped. You gave me such great feedback along the way. You inspired me each and every day to try new things and just admire the show. But most of all, you were there in my darkest hours to comfort me and lift me to even higher levels. It still gives me goosebumps when I think about how people that I never met before were so kind and generous to my family – this community will always carry a special place in our hearts. I’m sure that Chloe will get tired of hearing about all the 365 stories and friends. Hopefully she will want to do her own 365 project in the future.
So what’s next? While I’m certainly tempted to do another 365 days, I don’t think I have the time or energy for it, at least not right now. However I’m excited to announce that I am joining The Seven (http://365project.org/theseven/365). Teaming up with 6 of my favorite photographers on 365, I will be posting a self portrait every Thursday. If you haven’t seen The Seven’s profile, please check us out and follow along.