This past week was exciting for me, I got to attend Wilsons x Meedah creatives hangout so will be giving you guys a recap of my week. If you follow my Instagram especially insta story, you would have realized the life of a blogger is not as glamorous as you think. I don’t go to events all the time and most days are spent in front of my laptop.
But, this past week was filled with a lot of activities. It’s not every time I get to take on a photography project, visit a place filled with childhood memories, reunite with my friends from uni after 2 years and attend a Wilsons creatives hangout all in a week. Life was fast-paced but unexpectedly, these events left me with valuable life lessons which I will like to share.
1. Never Downplay Struggles
Carrying out my first paid photography project has left me with a new respect for photographers. The art of knowing how to capture a story in an event is a difficult skill that can take years to hone (salute to all photographers). And being a self-taught amateur photographer, armed with just the passion, not the skills. it can be maddening.
I underestimated the skills and perfection needed to capture a good story. After all, all you need to be a photographer was a camera and basic knowledge of using Lightroom. I had a rude awakening. Doing professional photography is a different ballgame to taking blog pictures, it made me appreciate photographers more but the lesson learned is; if you have not walked a day in someone shoes you should not underrate the skills. I am learning to look from peoples perspectives and not undermine or compare struggles to each other.
2. We Always Forget NOTHING Last Forever
Do you ever feel a sense of nostalgia looking at your siblings growing, getting smarter and graduating from primary school? I wish life can go back to when I had no worries apart from passing the science class. Attending the ceremony transported me to the simple days. But, it also reinforced that, nothing last forever. I know this is a common life lesson but you never really pay attention to these lessons in the middle of pain and storm.
Seeing the kid’s faces filled with anxiousness and trepidation while waiting for their results, praying they don’t fail which to them, will be the BIGGEST PROBLEM. Makes me want to tell them and the 16-year-old me; “even if you fail it is not the end of the world. I used to fail mathematics but graduated first class from my field. Never let Life struggles and failures define you, instead use it as preparation for the future”. What seems to be a huge problem will be meaningless in a years time.
3. Friendship can never stay the same
We all have our versions of how things should be, how events should take place, but it doesn’t always go that way. However, the disappointment leaves a bad taste in your mouth which is hard to swallow.
That was the case, reuniting with my friends after 2 years. I had the preconceived and romanticized idea of how the reunion will be. I was expecting us to spend every minute together forgetting to factor in the changes, their plans, work and other friends. The factors disrupted the plans I had in my head but despite all that, it felt good reuniting after 2 years apart.
At any rate, it was a slap for me to wake up to reality. Everyone is growing, uni life will be different from after uni and everyone has a new mission, a career, and a life. We can’t remain the same…it still doesn’t mean I don’t wish for those moments we spent going round uni, crashing each other classes and camping in one room just to spend every minute together.
4. I Am Not Alone
The true highlight of my week was the creative hangout organized by Wilsons juice. I have always admired Wilsons social media presence, their interaction with their followers is amazing. So when they reached out to me for the WilsonsxMeedah event, I was excited.
Even though a lot of hiccups happened while commuting from my house to the beach, I am glad I was not deterred. I left the event feeling good about being a blogger. It was stimulating to be able to connect with and learn from photographers, artists, and bloggers.
One of the major lessons is I am not the only one experiencing blogger issues. I know social media can be a depiction of just the good. But I sometimes feel I am the only one going through blogger problems. Interestingly, people had a lot to say on the issues raised like money and hypocrisy in the blogging community.
Some also shared different tactics for making money. How to approach a brand for collaboration and how blogging has changed them. You can also use this website here to calculate how much to charge for a sponsored post.