Changing the Outlook on Life

When you’re on a trip or vacation with me, you might need some patience.
I can’t “just” walk the streets or run around town.

When I visit a new place I’m on the lookout for the small things, the beauty that is often hidden at first glance.
I search for unusual perspectives and angles that will alter how you see the world.
That’s why you can often find me kneeling or stretching somewhere trying to get a good shot of something.

I don’t consider myself a good photographer, but I still like to capture the world in photos. Very often I forget about these photos, they just get lost in the depths of my phone gallery.
But once in a while I stumble across one of them. And once again, I marvel at the perspective and the outlook on life it provides.


This picture was taken in Worthing, England in May. I visited some friends and we went for a walk along the coast despite the expected stormy English weather.
The sky was covered with dark clouds, the wind blew through our hair – and yet it was a perfect day.
I was in a season of doubts and unanswered questions. There were so many new things ahead of me and yet so much uncertainty. I had no idea when a door would open, and more than that, what would be behind it.
Walking along the pier that day and talking to my friend was a perfect representation of my current situation at that time.

So I took a picture.

Only a few months later I stumbled across this picture again.
So many things had changed in the meantime.
Doors had opened.
Questions had been answered.
Not all of them, but I feel there’s a bit more certainty in my life.

And I marvel at the perspective of this photo and the message it carries.
Some clouds have lifted and don’t seem so heavy anymore. There will be more tough days ahead and many more doors to open, but also so much beauty to discover.

Welcome to Day 13 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.
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Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

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