Where’s my package?! That’s what I’ve been silently screaming for the last week.
Now I know that delays are par for the course here in Italy; nothing, and I mean nothing, moves quickly here. International package delays of at least a couple weeks are nothing new and I once had a package held up in customs from Switzerland – 1 hour away- for an almost unheard of 3 months! Believe me I was just about swinging from the rafters by then (and yes, we do have rafters in our home). But the problem arises when I try to apply my rigid Canadian standards to the very flexible Italian way of doing things. This requires a continuous shift in acceptance on my part, and, in order that my creative flow not be blocked I had to figure out a way to live with the schism between what is and what I expect (which sometimes can feel like the ocean that separates the two countries).
Enter digital photography 101.
Being a rather impatient person (couldn’t you guess by the title of this post?) I had to try to find a way to manage this new dynamic – I’ve been here 4 years and to me this is still new. I had to learn how to flow with it instead of against it and photography seemed to be calling me. It’s taken me years to clue into this tool to go with the flow, to use my own eclectic nature to my advantage. So now at times like these when things held up in customs, or when I get writer’s pause, or bitten by technical issues, and I need a creative outlet I can pick up my DSLR and go shoot something, instead of someone.