I’ve been putting this off for as long as I can.
I didn’t want to admit it. I didn’t want it to be over. But it is. And there’s not much I can do about it.
My Project 366 went by way of the garbage.
When I did the Project 365 in 2010, I struggled. Many times. But every day, by hook or by crook, I took a photo. Sometimes it wasn’t good. Sometimes it was awesome. But every day … a photo.
At the end of the project, I swore I would never do it again. It was one of those things I was happy I did, but I knew there were too many times where I dreaded worrying about a photo. I live in a rural area, so I can only take so many shots of flowers, trees and mountains before I get bored.
With this year being a leap year, I thought I’d try it again. Why the heck not?
Yeah, now I remember why I said I wouldn’t do it again!
The first part of the year was awesome. I was all over it and really getting some good stuff. Then I started hitting a wall. See, this job search thing takes up a lot of time. There were times I just didn’t feel like snapping a photo. But I pushed through it. However, this was earlier than the first time around. I knew doing it this year was in jeopardy.
I struggled through the summer months — where the nights are longer and there’s more chances to get images. I got through August. And into September. And then it stopped.
The reality set in that despite being only 100-plus days shy of completing this project, it was over.
It’s not like I am happy about it. I truly was hoping to do it this time around. Alas, I knew a month or two I wasn’t going to make it. When I was struggling with half the year to go, I knew it was over. I kept battling as much as I could, but when reality takes over, it’s only a matter of time.
Still, to say I am fully disappointed would be a false answer.
I took a lot of cool photos this year that I wouldn’t have without this challenge. When I was pepped up in the early going, I was really challenging myself. For that, I’m happy. I have very cool images from this year because of the challenge.
In the end, I guess I held true to my original statement after the 2010 challenge — I’ll never do it again. Who knows? Maybe I’ll try it again one time in the future when I’m in a better place, personally and professionally. Maybe I’ll have that drive to do it again.
Or maybe not.
With all that being said, I’m glad I gave it a try again. It just wasn’t meant to be.
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