My super-fabulous 11-year-old son and I had a bedtime chat last night about a few missteps he'd made in recent days that were weighing on his mind. He's an extraordinary soul with a caring heart and a sincere desire to do what's right. (NOTE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW ME: Yes, I'm sure he's my son.) Anyhoo...being the household expert on missteps, and a master of armchair philosophy, I shared this excerpt from the opening of the NY Times bestseller Zen and the Art of NASCAR.
"Every professional race car driver knows that, when their car begins to slide towards the wall, looking at the wall guarantees they will hit the wall. The key to avoiding a crash is to remain steadfastly focused on where you want the car to go, not where it may be heading."
There's a great line from the epic 1976 movie The Gumball Rally in which Italian driver Franco rips out the rearview mirror and tosses it out of the car exclaiming, "What's-a behind me is not important."
Mistakes usually aren't fun, but don't let them distract you from your goal. Stay focused. If photography is something you want to be great at, embrace your mistakes then toss them out the window and leave them where they belong...in the past. As Rafiki tells Simba in The Lion King, "Yes, the past can hurt; but, the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it."
(Oh, before you start searching Amazon.com for the NY Times bestseller Zen and the Art of NASCAR, I should probably point out that it's not a real book, far as I know. Sounded good, though, didn't it?)