Life Lesson in a Medal, But Not The One You’d Think, Alps to Ocean Virtual Bike Ride, April & May 2020

Fit To Ride & Photography & Thoughts

Awareness of the outside world. I was almost sociable. Gasp. Clutch pearls. Had plans yesterday to walk with a friend. My first social event since March. Person had unavoidable, last-minute work commitment. Non-bubble encounters have been mostly brief ones with store, doc, or husband’s co-workers. Weird.

A photo of this medal was supposed to accompany the trip post back in July. [Virtual New Zealand, A Screenshot Slideshow, Biking Virtually, New Zealand]

I want you to envision a bucolic yet athletic image of my bicycle resting against a tree, medal draped artfully over the handlebars. You know what’s hard? Getting a big thing, such as a bicycle, in focus at the same time as a small thing, such as a medal.

No problem. I’ll reshoot and use the photo as a second post. Found a lovely spot.

I want you to imagine a bicycle resting against a scenic, rustic, wooden fence. In the distance, a shaded pathway leads through a patch of woods. Close at hand, the medal is draped artfully over the handlebars.

Yeah, because it makes sense to add a third element to the focus equation when I couldn’t handle the first two.

Don’t invite unnecessary complications. Do what is needful and move on. That seems to be my life lesson lately. The upcoming Saturday & Sunday posts have a similar message.

Does my standard hay bale background work? Yes. Do I need a more elaborate photo? No. Do I want that beautiful, technically perfect image that could double as a bike advertisement? Of course. Could I achieve a decent approximation if I devoted the time & effort? Yes … well, maybe. Is chasing that image the best use of my life energy at this moment? No. Good to go. Onwards.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

2 thoughts on “Life Lesson in a Medal, But Not The One You’d Think, Alps to Ocean Virtual Bike Ride, April & May 2020

  1. One of the hardest lessons of my office career was to learn, per a management course, to get 95% of the job done and move on. Very hard to let it go.
    Good decision. Good photos.

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