Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

ChiveBlossomI’ve wanted to break my camera out for forever. Wanted and been afraid.

For a while I was convinced there was something wrong with me, and I simply couldn’t use it. For a while after that, I was convinced there was something wrong with it. It just wouldn’t take photos. Like, it had a lens and a shutter and a button to push for the actual picture-taking process, but for some reason I’d never manage to make it work. Then I thought it was actually, actually broken. So I let it sit on a shelf.

Guess what? Just took it to get repaired. There’s a hair on the lens I can pay $60 to have removed, but that’s it.


The real problem, it seems, is that I’m afraid of taking pictures. Because I’m not Ansel Adams. Silly, right? Only Ansel Adams was Ansel Adams … and by the way, he was really good friends with my great-grandfather. True story. More on my claims to fame later.

The point here is this: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. It’s one of my favorite sayings by Gretchen Rubin over at The Happiness Project. And she is so right. So I broke out the camera today. Took some winter shots. And I’m not sorry.




2 thoughts on “Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

  1. Your shots look pretty good. I rarely take photos. I forget to and then later I’ll think “Wow, I should have taken some pictures”. Taking your own photos can make for a nice library of illustrations to use on your blog.

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  2. Merci beaucoup! And yes, I find that I don’t enjoy trying to find images from elsewhere, so since I’ve got the camera and there’s … mysteriously … nothing wrong with it, I may as well put it to good use!

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