Remember when you were young and someone would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? The only answer I can ever remember giving was "a photographer for National Geographic". Lofty goal, I know, and unfortunately I did not continue down that path as many told me it was unobtainable and unreasonable as a career option. As fate would have it I found myself leaning towards another career which allowed me to play with optics, care for people, and bring beauty to the world in a different way. I enjoy what I do as a professional optometrist and find it rewarding to be able enhance the way people see the world. But in that profession it's easy to spend too much time in a dark little room with no windows, and it's no wonder that I'm starting to crave the sunshine and fresh air I always had when I actively pursued my photographic activities. I also recently had another birthday and in reflecting upon my accomplishments over the years, it’s time to open up a childhood dream and see if I can make it possible. I may not make it onto National Geographic’s payroll, but perhaps I can become good enough to be featured in the magazine.
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