|At the beginning of August I returned home from an amazing few weeks abroad – back to the cold and wet of Cape Town after some of the hottest weather I’ve ever encountered in Europe!
But the weather is not what this post is about.
This post is about the power of perspective, and how distance can be the fuel that sparks your inspiration, creativity and confidence.
I had every intention of ‘doing work’ while I was overseas, but the warm weather, warmer people around me and the warmest feeling in my heart kept me away from work and deep in the thickness of the moment.
From playing cards with my 95 year old Nan, to driving through beautiful country lanes, to playing in the garden with my niece or taking in the sights and sounds of the streets of Amsterdam.
Honestly, work was more distant in my mind than it has been in years.
Yes I did some networking and yes I did a photoshoot while I was in the UK, but on the whole, I chose to let go of control and trust that everything would unfold as it needed to. And that’s exactly what happened.
As I type this in my dressing gown in my studio apartment in Cape Town, while the rainclouds and wind dance outside my window, I’m eternally grateful for the distance I put between myself and my usual routine.
Yes, I’ve still got mountains of emails in my inbox, and yes I still have loads of photo and video editing to do, but what I have now, that I didn’t have before we left, is perspective.
Personal Perspective as a Tool for Confidence
Perspective on my old habits and routines that were keeping me attached to self-imposed limitations. Perspective on the environment I’d created around me and how it wasn’t serving me. Perspective on my misplaced priorities.