You are a Pokemon

I've spent a good deal of my life in front of a screen.  As a child, most of my screen time was dedicated to Pokemon.  Of all the video games I've played, I've never come close to spending as much time with them as I have Pokemon.  It is just simply the best game of all time.

As I'm sitting here waiting for footage for my upcoming "vlog" series to import, I've had some realizations:

1. I've always wanted to make or do something and photography is the first thing I grabbed. It has shaped much of who I am, much of my aesthetic, and many of my current interests, but it isn't the end game.

2. I've been experimenting for a couple years of ways to evolve photography into something else. I've finally cracked it with the most obvious solution that's been staring me in the face the whole time: video.  

3. Figuring out what you want to do is hard, but it's less hard if you think about it in steps.  Think of yourself as a Pokemon with 2 other stages of evolution.  (If you don't understand what I'm talking about, Google it)  

Charmander

Charmander

For instance, Photographer Will is a Charmander.  He's new to art and the business of art. He makes stuff, and it's kind of good but mainly just alright.  He works at it and works at it for years and finally hits Level 16.  His aspirations grow, the path becomes slightly clearer. He's Charmeleon now.  

Charmeleon

Charmeleon

Charmeleon is a little more fierce, but still has a lot to learn.  He's got a little more experience with a dash of confidence and attitude.  He's not completely there yet, and he's still kind of a puppy.  Also, he's only level 16, which means he has a lot to go to get to Level 36. (Which is Charizard)  

I still feel like I'm just getting started, but I feel like I have a little more direction then I did a year ago.  365 projects take you a long way in what I think is a actually an accelerated crash course in daily education.

In 2015, I've had a big realization almost every single day.  A lot of them obvious that many people would think, "Duh", but they don't really mean anything until you realize it yourself.

2016 is going to get harder and crazier.  It's the next evolution. It's my Level 16.  

Here's the thing though: I have no idea what my Charizard looks like.  I probably won't for a while either.  Level 36 is a really really long way away.  I have a lot of path to clear off before then.  Whatever it looks like could be pretty dope.