I have a miracle product that can make you fit, creative, and smart. This product will help you make friends and get more attention from your spouse or help you find a lover. I imagine you’d pay good money for such a product. However, this product can be free if you just use your smart phone already in your pocket, although it can be quite expensive if you get GAS (gear acquisition syndrome).
This product: Photography. Allow me to offer a testimonial.
How Photography Has Improved My Life
1. Photography Helps Me Stay Fit
On days that I take photos, whether I’m walking the streets of a big city or hiking to a waterfall in the woods, I almost always get in at least 10,000 steps, or five miles of walking. It doesn’t even feel like exercise since my mind is focused on taking photos and enjoying the world.
Photography motivates me to move even when I don’t want to. Sometimes I want to chill at home in the evening, but I am enticed outside by dramatic clouds that promise an epic sunset. On vacation, I sometimes wake up before dawn and hike to famous places in order to capture them at sunrise.
I’d say that on average, photography leads to an extra 10-15 miles of walking a week, and an extra .25 miles of running since sometimes I have to flee surprised bears or angry people.
2. Photography Is A Stress Reliever
I used to work a stressful job in the Alaskan tourism industry. Like most seasonal workers, there were days when I dealt with that stress by drinking beer and complaining with my co-workers at the bar. While therapeutic – and necessary at times – it wasn’t the healthiest outlet for stress.
For me, photographing a sunset after work always brightened my mood and wiped out most of the anxiety and frustration of the day. Sitting on the shores of a river, lake, or ocean waiting for the light to get just right, enjoying the sounds of nature, and being away from cell phones and work, was restorative.
Even if you don’t live a stressful life, remember that sunsets and sunrises happen all over the world, twice a day. Go out and enjoy them.
3. Photography Makes Me More Creative and Boosts Brain Power
All types of photography require me to think, anticipate, and react. It doesn’t matter if I’m photographing a basketball game, shooting an exotic festival or taking snapshots in my neighborhood, photography challenges my brain to think differently and look for interesting ways to capture the world around me. The more I shoot, the more I think about light, color, and composition. It is a mental challenge that has been a boost to my aging brain.
4. Photography Opens Doors
When I am taking photos in the streets, I am open, I smile at people, and I make eye contact with strangers. It is necessary to act this way, I think, since taking candid photos of strangers is a little weird. I don’t want people to think I’m a creepy sex pervert so I try to project my most wholesome self and engage with people if they notice me.
As a result, I have had countless experiences where having a camera opened doors and led to exciting adventures. In Kolkata, a man invited me to his house to see the preparations for the Holi Festival; In Sri Lanka a woman asked me to photograph a ceremony at a temple where she was giving thanks to Buddha; In my Bangkok neighborhood, a monk and his assistant saw me taking photos and invited me to their temple, which led to an exciting two-day adventure.
I would not have had these experiences without a camera in my hand.
5. Photography Makes Me More Observant
Photography opens up my perception to the everyday beauty in the world. I notice colors, smiles, funny social interactions, reflections, and dramatic light, among other things. The world is beautiful when you start looking more closely.
6. Photography Has Made Me More Attractive
Since photography has made me incredibly fit, creative, social, positive, and reduced stress, I am now very attractive. My wife has to beat the girls off with a stick. I mean, look at this sexy photo of me with a camera:
Has photography given you any of these benefits?
*Okay, I’m really not that fit but more fit than I would be without photography