Sometimes inspiration can be hard to find. It’s always there, but sometimes I forget where to look. Writers get writer’s block. I get photographer’s block. I keep taking pictures but nothing seems to click (no pun intended). The photos may be technically sound, but they’re missing something.
Then, when I least expect it, in a small sliver of 1/200th of a second, there it is! All the things I’ve been trying to say, right there in the photo.
Lisa is a regular at the coffee shop. We’ve known her several years. No matter how early it is, what the weather’s like, or if she’s had her coffee yet — she always enters the room smiling.
When she was diagnosed with cancer last year, she broke the news to us with a smile. We didn’t see her as much while she was undergoing chemotherapy, but when she did make it in, there was that smile. Her positive energy was an inspiration to everyone.
On Friday, to commemorate being cancer free — and to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure — Lisa dyed her hair pink. Bright, candy-cane pink.
As her daughter ran her hand through her mom’s new doo, there was Lisa with the most content look.
1/200th of a second is all it takes to find your inspiration.