down by the lake by pocketmouse

down by the lake

See large version here: http://teresasimonetti.com/category/landscapes/

Wow, can I just say... a gigantic thank you to you all. :) Yesterday I was feeling pretty down and overwhelmed with everything, and your comments honestly made my day when I woke up this morning. :)

To put things into context, part of the reason I'm struggling is that I came to the conclusion midway through last year that this career isn't for me. At least not now, at this point in my life. Medicine requires HUGE sacrifices and investments - financial, emotional, family, continued exams and study... and those are things I'm just not ready for (and may never be). I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person - if I do something, I do it to the best of my ability, or not at all... which is why this career path is so troublesome for me - there is so much to do and know and cover and complete, that I fear I would not enjoy it and start doing things half-assed just to get through it. If I were to go into this, I would want to do it with 100% of my heart... but my heart's not in it.

So yes... there you go. Sometimes it breaks my heart to tell people this, but it is how I feel.
Liz
This is beautiful. I love the slightly spooky feel
August 28th, 2012  
wow this is amazing! i love the mood! im so sorry about everything, but you should be happy doing whatever you do! hope everything works out soon! oh and fav (:
August 28th, 2012  
love this, faved. hey I hope you get through this situation and come out smiling.
August 28th, 2012  
Eerie
August 28th, 2012  
This shot is amazing! fav. I hope you feel at peace with your decision, whatever it may be, really soon.
August 28th, 2012  
Fantastic shot, can't believe it's made using a digital camera, not a film.. It always hurts to make such decisions even when you've already achieved a lot, but the most right thing is to follow your heart. *hugs*
August 28th, 2012  
FAV FAV FAV!!!! :) and: i know this feeling so well... i started study social sciences in 2008, failed, in 2010 new try: history and philosophy, failed with philosophy now in october i will start at a new university german language and literature studies and continue with history... it´s so hard to find ones path... but we will made it! i am sure! best wishes to you! :)
August 28th, 2012  
you are an amazing photographer Teresa! beautiful shot.
August 28th, 2012  
gorgeous!
August 28th, 2012  
beautiful work Teresa
August 28th, 2012  
This is absolutely stunning, fav for me too. I hope you find the right solution to your heart wrenching decision. I think at the end of the day the right thing is always to go with your gut feeling.
August 28th, 2012  
Well you can always take up photography! This is gorgeous and this would sell as a print. Fav.
August 28th, 2012  
It's beautiful Teresa.
August 28th, 2012  
Gorgeous and tranquil shot! Fav'd! I hope you find your place. Medicine I hard, but as the saying goes, so is just about "everything worth doing". I almost failed out of vet school my first year and decided to repeat my first year so I would have a better foundation. An expensive & difficult choice all the way around, but I believe it has made me a much better veterinarian. good luck in whatever you decide to do. Having a creative outlet certainly helps!
August 28th, 2012  
This is beautiful
August 28th, 2012  
Rob
Beautiful capture!
August 28th, 2012  
Wonderful, fantastic, unbelievable!!!!
August 28th, 2012  
Gorgeous shot! Tranquil and serene
August 28th, 2012  
I completely love this. The fine lines in the trees are amazing and the birds top it off. Perfect light...great catch Teresa. Calm and slightly creepy...awesome!
August 28th, 2012  
I love this picture. I missed yesterday's but just went back and I have to say: I have been in a similar situation (although not that far through my studies) but I can feel your pain. I forced myself to some exams back then when I already knew I was going to quit, just to get a certificate and not just giving up. You have worked so hard over all those years and you've already sacrificed so much - I am sure you can pull yourself together this one last month although it will be incredibly hard. You just need to pass and I am sure you will succeed. All the best. x
August 28th, 2012  
So beautiful!
August 28th, 2012  
Amazing picture. Good one for looking at while contemplating. Fav.

Sorry to hear you are struggling. Hope you find a path that is right for you.
August 28th, 2012  
Fav!!! Your photos are always amazing and inspiring. I wish you peace as you decide which path to follow.
August 28th, 2012  
Love the atmosphere! It's hard putting all that time and effort into something only to realize it's not what you want. I did the same thing, but mine was only a 4 year degree (and far too much money!) Here's hoping you figure out what you want :).
August 28th, 2012  
waw, bella foto ... romantica
August 28th, 2012  
This has a very spooky halloweenish or maybe eventhe movie "THE BIRDS" type feel to it!
August 28th, 2012  
Hello there Pocket Mouse. Listen sister, this shot is nothing short of magnificent. Truly beautiful and a favorite for me. Listen, I can't offer any advise, in regards to your situation, but what I will say is, "making the right decision is not always easy". Keep your chin up. I think there's symbolism in this photograph with you and your situation. Gonna' be keepin' an eye on you li'l lady. You got good stuff! x Betsie
August 28th, 2012  
Such a peaceful looking place! The reflections are beautiful.... I love the softness, the birds & the light. Wonderful capture!

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11
August 28th, 2012  
FAV -- amazing capture...simply amazing. Sounds like your heart is leading you to another place. It will all work out perfectly. Peace to you.
August 28th, 2012  
Tia
Gorgeous shot; all those birds flying free!
August 28th, 2012  
F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.A.
August 28th, 2012  
FAV! Unbelievable, atmospheric, poetic...
August 28th, 2012  
So stunning & moody.
August 28th, 2012  
This picture is amazing! A fav! Very beautiful. And it's understandable what you're going through. Sometimes what we wanted isn't always what we expected. And when that happens it's hard.. I hope things get better for you! Fantastic job on this one! :)
August 28th, 2012  
Instant fav... this shot is truly amazing.....
As for your situation well my heart goes out to you...you have been given some wonderful advice.
At the end of the day its really your decision and if you are not at all happy with what you are doing and cannot commit 100% then maybe its not really not the path you should take... I think you need to think long and hard and maybe talk with family/friends and see if they can offer any advice.....
You are only on this earth once and so therefore you need to do what makes you happy..... I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all okay for you... but only you know the answer to this situation... please think long and hard... sending you much love sweetheart.... ♥♥
August 29th, 2012  
Nice photo!
August 29th, 2012  
Lovely photo, that bird at the bottom with out stretched wings creates a smile. Stick with it, do the exams, achieve what you set out to achieve, then you'll be able to take a well deserved rest and decide what to do next.
August 29th, 2012  
just awesome!
August 29th, 2012  
Wow...stunning!
August 29th, 2012  
Whoa, this is just breathtaking! Everything about this picture is perfect...the birds, the sun, the reflections of the trees in the water...a fav for sure. I hope whatever you decide to do, you're happy doing it. As long as you're doing something that you love, that's all that matters.
August 29th, 2012  
Gorgeous capture! I hope whatever you decide brings you peace.
August 29th, 2012  
Instant fav!!! Brilliant capture! I also wanted to study medicine, but I ended up at different university. Then yes I was sad, but looking back now, I would not chance a thing! If I would study what I wanted to study, I would not be where I am now and I would never meet my husband. It might be easy to say and sound cliche but do what makes you happy, follow your heart. Your photographs are a inspiration to me Teresa :-)
August 29th, 2012  
love the atmosphere you've captured Teresa!
August 29th, 2012  
I love this shot Teresa! It seems to represent a little of the lost feeling you are experiencing. It is difficult to come to such realisations about your decisions, I do hope that everything works out just as it should for you! Oh, and Fav for the amazing shot!
August 29th, 2012  
Such a beautiful shot. fav for me! I hope things get better! Medicine is such a tough career in so many ways! Good luck figuring out what is best for you!


August 29th, 2012  
Hello Teresa! We have been paired for Get Pushed. You have such gorgeous photos. How about trying out a light painting? using a longer shutter speed to get streaks of light into a shape or something else entirely creative? I can't wait to see what you come up with!
August 29th, 2012  
Thanks for all your comments! This shot is really great. Love the contrast of the sharp birds against the misty background. This morning I heard on the radio that parts of the province I live in, was misty too. So I tried to make a fog shot, but could hardly find any fog.
August 29th, 2012  
@bookcasefrenzy Oooh, that sounds like fun! The cogs are already turning in my head with ideas of what to do... xD
August 29th, 2012  
Love, love this! Fav
August 29th, 2012  
oh wow.this is outstanding. i LOVE it... absolute fav..xx
August 29th, 2012  
Amazing...what more can I say...just stunning!!! Big Fav :)
August 29th, 2012  
I missed this one yesterday. It is gorgeous, Teresa.
August 29th, 2012  
This is an amazing shot, I actually said "wow" outloud when I saw it. Amazing!
August 29th, 2012  
Ira
This is so beautiful, it almost made me cry.
August 29th, 2012  
Wow, I instantly faved this! It represends your words under the picture so well! I think I know how you feel. I also wanted to stydy medicine or pharmacy, but ended with a degree in health management. Looking back now I would never choose medicine in my list. I work with doctors now and see what it's all about. Definately not for me - I am too sensitive to see all this pain of different people and try to stay calm and help them. I totally agree that what you do, you have to feel it with 100% of your heart, especially if you're becoming a doctor! I myself am not happy with my job now and my heart is somewhere else - in photography and graphic design.. All that stops me for leaving my workplace is money and insecurity what comes next... But we should dare .. I think! Good luck in finding the way ahead! :x :x :x
August 29th, 2012  
Love this shot Teresa, and so fitting with the mood you've shared with us. Fave!
August 29th, 2012  
Teresa....to start....this may probably be my favorite photo of all time. Most people have dreams of Hawaii, or some Caribbean Island beach somewhere. Me....my dream would be to live in a land of perpetual fog. I'm weird like that, I know. This is amazingly beautiful on so many levels. Fav'd obviously.
As for what you're feeling reminds me a bit of my brother. I haven't seen him in years. But I have the upmost respect for him and I'm honored to know I'm his brother. His whole life he's always gone head strong into something he's loved, and accomplished it fully. But if he realized he's not into it, can't do it %100, he walks away from it. Finally found what he was looking for, and is now one of the most respected and accomplished members of the US military. But none of that matters to him, cause he just loves what he does. Its your life, do whats right for you.
August 29th, 2012  
Hands down one of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen. I love the sillhoettes that the trees and birds make, how the water and the sky merge as one, and the globe of light that the sun makes through the fog.

Best of luck in finding your way. xxx
August 29th, 2012  
Oh just beautiful, peaceful and calming.
August 29th, 2012  
Oh dear!! I feel a little foolish having just left an encouraging message on your last shot! You must do what you feel is right and the best for you though. This shot is awesome. An absolute instant fav for me xx
August 29th, 2012  
Instant FAV... so glad it made to PP so I got to see it...
good luck be happy
August 30th, 2012  
okay just looked at yesterdays post. You need to finish or at least try...
8 years ... even if you don't end up in that field you need that piece of paper for all your hard work.... just my opinion
August 30th, 2012  
@lesip Oh yeah, definitely plan on finishing, no questions asked - I've come this far and I'm like 99% of the way there!
August 30th, 2012  
This is a beautiful picture! FAV for me. As for your other issue, I say follow your heart! You'll never regret it, regardless of the investment you've already made.
August 30th, 2012  
Wow this creates quite the mood, spooky? edgy? calming? It does all that for me. I don't usually comment about people's lives but I think I would say what my mom always said to me,"Finish what you start". then if you want to go a different direction you will have at least gotten the feeling of accomplishment before you turn your new direction.
August 30th, 2012  
FAV! And yes, some times we end up making strange decisions half way through something. It's good you are honest with yourself! Hugs!
August 30th, 2012  
Wow, this is AWESOME!!! If only mine were half as good! Fav.... hope you are feeling some weight lifted... I dropped studies last year too, if you're heart isn't completely there it's really hard to continue.
August 30th, 2012  
Wow! Instant fav!
August 30th, 2012  
Stunning shot, awesome comp & I know you'll make whatever is the right decision for yourself & whatever it is it'll work out fine :)
August 30th, 2012  
Absolutely stunning!
August 30th, 2012  
Ray
FAV!!
August 30th, 2012  
Amazing. The picture just speaks louder than words.
August 30th, 2012  
stonking Fav Teresa
August 30th, 2012  
Awesomeness! I'd love a print of this...

Maybe write down the reasons that inspired you to take up your field. Look through other things you can do with your career
Check out this, if you haven't- http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Think of what you can do when you're done... you've come this far
August 31st, 2012  
one of the best shots I've seen on here...perfection...beyond that, actually
August 31st, 2012  
Add me to the Fav Parade. Magical capture. Congrats!!
August 31st, 2012  
love the ghostly ambiance of your misty lake !
August 31st, 2012  
just marvellous. a fav
August 31st, 2012  
Such a beautiful photo! Instant fav.
August 31st, 2012  
Wow Simply stunning - Fav x
August 31st, 2012  
I can't believe I haven't been following you before now but I sure am now, this photo is stunningly beautiful.
I have no advice for you except to say to follow your heart.
August 31st, 2012  
65 favs out of 229 views did not get you on the Top 20?Wow. That's harsh competition! What is up? I did not see this...working too much/too hard. I love this! Instant FAV FAV FAV for me. It is like an Edgar Allen Poe story...
September 1st, 2012  
Beautiful shot. I don't know how I missed it.

You are correct, Medicine demands huge sacrifices and 100% commitment. Very difficult when your heart is not in it. Part of the college experience is to find the path that makes you happy. Follow your heart and I am sure you will find that path.
September 1st, 2012  
wow! this is art!! love it! fav for sure!
September 1st, 2012  
Wow, this is amazingly awesome and a fav!
September 1st, 2012  
Fave. Gorgeous.
September 1st, 2012  
Unbelievably gorgeous shot. Fav
September 1st, 2012  
Wow! This is frickin' amazing! Let me help out with another Fav! Awesome, Teresa!
September 1st, 2012  
Sweet
September 1st, 2012  
Magic.
September 1st, 2012  
A lovely photograph,Nat Geographic quality. +F. I don't know you, or you me, but I ready your narrative and thought what a tough place you are at. I think we are only on this planet for a short time. In the blink of an eye, my children have been born and are now 15 and 13, so life whizzes by and can deal some cruel turns of fate along the way. You can easily find yourself looking back thinking why did I do that for so long when I didn't enjoy it. If you are not constrained by family or financial needs, you really should concider making the necessary changes to bring you fulfilment and contentment.
September 1st, 2012  
This is totally brilliant Teresa!
September 1st, 2012  
Jim
Just saw this on Favorite Favs blog, and all I can say is that it's simply perfect. Gonna have to join everyone else by Fav'ing it!
September 1st, 2012  
Fabulously atmospheric :-)
September 1st, 2012  
Amazing shot! Yet another fave!
September 2nd, 2012  
Pam
This is an amazing capture!! Perfect! All or nothing kind of person is the way to be:)
September 9th, 2012  
WOW. THIS IS AMAZING! Totally love it!!! Definite fav!
October 24th, 2012  
Wow, this is a fabulous photo!!!
November 27th, 2012  
Fav & good luck with the photo contest
November 27th, 2012  
One of your best. This could be on Canvas to sit in people walls in their sitting rooms. F__king stunning shot. I'd buy it. Fav.
November 27th, 2012  
awesome!
November 27th, 2012  
Outstanding photo! Fav! Best of luck to you in the contest!
November 27th, 2012  
Fav! Lovely photo!
November 27th, 2012  
Stunning - fav and now following!
November 27th, 2012  
Amazing - Fav!
November 29th, 2012  
Fantastic shot. Love it.
November 30th, 2012  
Lyn
I remember seeing this and reading what you wrote then. . .my heart just tugged at your pain.
December 30th, 2012  
I came. I saw. I faved.
January 18th, 2013  
Fabulous shot FAV
January 18th, 2013  
I could've sworn I faved this when you posted it...taken care of. Amazing job!
January 18th, 2013  
Oh my, this is just gorgeous and I have to add a fav too!! Don't beat yourself up for discovering medicine may not be the career path for you. Better to realize it now, than invest the time and finances into it and feel compelled to make it your career because you have already invested too much. I was going to go to Vet. School and was somewhat in the same boat at the time. I look back now and realize it was the best choice for me to have chosen a different path. I am a Microbiologist, but work in a local hospital. I am able to work part time which allows me to be with my young family more and now have time for my photography. I sure wish you luck in whatever you decide and you are just so talented!
January 18th, 2013  
I'll just add to all the other's comments -- made it a fav as soon as a saw it. And, as I look to retirement having loved what I've done in my career, I can only say to hang in there and find what you really want to do. You'll spend a long time working and it's worth taking the time to find what you want. I had a similar crisis (I'm in education) when I realized I didn't want to teach. I had looked into grad school in business or law, but one of my professors encouraged me not to give up on education, but explore other options where I could feel like I was contributing in the ways I'd enjoy. I did end up staying in the field, but my life and career took a totally different path and I've never regretted it. Take your time to decide what will make you happy -- it's worth the wait. Best to you in your decisions -- you clearly are so talented that you will have many options, I'm sure.
January 18th, 2013  
Totally awesome shot!
January 18th, 2013  
fav! :)
January 18th, 2013  
Beautiful shot Teresa, what amazing light.
January 18th, 2013  
This is truly amazing !! Fav :)
January 18th, 2013  
Oh that is just A MAZ ING!!!!!!!!!
January 18th, 2013  
Look Now! You are up to 120 Fav's !!!!
That is wonderful.
January 19th, 2013  
Just saw this for the first time in the forum, and wow! I hope it's hanging on your wall someplace, cause it's beautiful!
January 19th, 2013  
wow stunning congrats on so many favs as i fav you too,,
January 19th, 2013  
I think this is magical. I just wish you had a larger version: the details gets lost in such a small picture. (Yes, I did look at it 'up large'...)
January 19th, 2013  
This is a beautiful shot. I'm trying to fav more photos to give me more inspiration and ideas for photos. This one is a fav for me.
January 19th, 2013  
Wow. stunning fav!!! xxx
January 19th, 2013  
Beautiful - l wish you well in your choices whichever path you take!!
January 20th, 2013  
Awesome!
February 23rd, 2013  
This is simply stunning!!!! FAV!
May 18th, 2013  
Wonderful. fav.
May 18th, 2013  
So atmospheric . . . fav!
May 18th, 2013  
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