It’s all a matter of time.
An insight that I recently was given on a silver platter. Matter, according to the dictionary, means 'what it is about'. Suddenly, I saw my life in that light. For as long as I can remember, time and taking my time are what it’s about for me. A while ago, I said goodbye to an organization for whom I worked for three years. Yes, I took my time. At a certain point, I’ve learned, you know when it’s time to move on. Recently, I reached that point: I knew that I had to go. My time had come. It was a farewell to the organization, the surroundings, and most of all saying goodbye to the people I was in contact with, with whom I worked there with my heart and soul. I don’t know any other way.
At the same time, it was a farewell to the hectic world, saying goodbye to an organization who, due to their core business, is unable to take their time for something. I reached the point of knowing that I had to leave. By then, it’s not a choice anymore, you just know what to do. I took my time and waited until that exact moment. My matter of time, I suddenly realized, deepens that what I am working on. I need it in order to develop. This is most clearly visible in my photography. Taking photographs is a matter of time. Of course, there is the shutterspeed, but there’s more than that. Taking photographs is taking your time, time to observe, to see what is, to get in touch with the landscape, and realize where you are. By doing so, you will be able to see your surroundings, and yourself, in another way, in another light.
It’s all a matter of time, and that’s what takes me further in life.
My new website is a good example of ‘worth waiting for’. A website which was supposed to be published a long time ago, but needed time to be ‘born’. Waiting, taking time hasn’t always been easy, but in the end, the result is so much better than if I had not let time take its course.
'Everything comes in time to him who knows to wait.'
(Leo Tolstoj, with thanks to Linda Graanoogst)