Preparing this post I found a letter I had written to myself just shy of a year ago. I like letters, so I hope it's ok that I share parts of it with you.
...It's going to be a big year and not just on paper. I can feel it inside. Deeper than the obvious. Let me lend you some advice from a previous version of yourself who wasn't scared and didn't worry about being safe or doing the right thing. Hike up your skirt and be bold. Don't worry about getting a little dirty and taking the long road - easy is for the weak and boring. You are neither of those things. Remember stripping buck naked, setting the timer on your camera and jumping into that pool beneath the waterfall in northern Laos? Do that everyday for the rest of your life. Don't forget how that felt. Do whatever it takes to get the shot and don't be a chicken. Stand your ground a be true to what you believe is right. Tell people how you feel and be gracious in humility. Think with your head too, your heart can be kind of a dumbass sometimes. Keep looking to the future, planning for what might come next while being alive in the moment. And after all this, get off the fricken computer and go hug that man you love!...
When Tammy and the other muses invited me to be a part of the anniversary posts I felt that same rush as the first time they asked me to be a part of the muses in the beginning. I feel honoured to be a part of this alumni. I even got a little teary thinking back.
Of the ladies that I mused with every week, I can't say enough about you. I love you all. Big-boob-squishy-hugs love you all, you pushed me everyday to be a better photographer - I thank you for taking me in and can't wait to follow you into your new endeavours. To the new muses, be bold, hike your skirt up and jump into that water. I can't wait to see what you will come up with here.
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Michel of Ampersand Grey
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