Accidents, Curiosity and Lessons Learned

I took this photograph a little more than a year ago. Who’ve I showed it too has asked me how I took it. I told them some bullshit that I overexposed for the sky and wanted to get the reflection of the patio inside the glass.

All of that is bullshit. It’s just is. I took that photograph on accident. I was playing with my camera and something just happened and even though I have the metadata to go back to take that photograph again, it just wouldn’t be the same.

The Process of Accidents and How We Can Grow From Them

We at times do things that we know how to do or do things the way other people have taught us or shown. That is okay and at times we feel that if we do it exactly this way than we will be fine. When we do something different we feel that we may be doing something wrong because we aren’t used to doing that very thing that way.

The Mechanic Example

It was years ago where I would look at a car and know that the mechanic was the person to get my car in working, running condition. Even if I didn’t know the problem of the vehicle, the mechanic would have my car fixed and I had total trust in him.

There was this one day that I was curious. I wanted to know exactly how they were fixing my car. The mechanic called me over to show me another problem with my car and I stayed in the background watching him. The work he was performing didn’t seem difficult. He explained it in a complex manner and that was where it started to piss me off. I began to do research and my brother knew a thing or two about doing the simple things on cars. So I took interest. I learned from him, read books on my own, bought equipment and tools so I can experiment on my car and soon was able to do the things the mechanic was doing on my car. In some incidences I wasn’t saving much money, but other times I was.

The biggest thing for me to get past was if I was truly ever doing it right. Always thinking that the mechanic had a special touch that I never had. I wondered if the car was going to stop on the road or whatever because I wasn’t capable. But as time kept going on my confidence continued to rise and I trusted myself even more. Other people even trusted me to do the very thing that I used to willingly let a mechanic do.

What’s the Damn Point of the Story?

Everything happens and matter for a reason. We can look at any part of our lives and realize that we can learn something from it. We can also be different people of the decisions that we make. Things in our lives happening on accident or just for curiosity sake can have a defining moment in our lives and for us to learn even more about ourselves we have to relax, think about it and see the lessons we have learned from the situation.

2 responses to “Accidents, Curiosity and Lessons Learned”

  1. I can see your point. Maybe I can take your concept and apply it to whats going in my life now. I’ve been studying for months now for this certification I want. However through the months of learning I’ve realized I can read something and afterwards I couldn’t tell you a word I read. But if I watch a instructional video on it over and over again the concepts become more clearer to me.
    Now I was told you need to read the info in a book and thats the main source of your information, however I’m realizing I’m a visual learner and the best way for me to get the information is to to watch someone do it over and over again.
    So similar to your situation I found a alternative on how to do something.

  2. Yep. I’m also a visual learning. Shannon makes fun of me being the engineer that I am because I don’t like to read instructions of things to put together. I just look at the picture and can, for the most part, put the damn thing together. It is just like when I was studying for a class in high school. I hated history because it was plenty of remembering, but as soon as I visited places my memory was impeccable because I was experiencing it all.

    If we don’t try different things we wouldn’t know if we like it, learn better or to have a different approach to a problem.

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