Taking a break
I often felt the need to take a break from making or processing photos. Every time I took that break I felt guilty and forced myself to make or process more photos but everything was going very hard and I made many mistakes. Finally, I took the necessary break by focusing on other ongoing or interrupted activities.
After a while (a day or two, a few months) I was returning to photography with love and resentment. Something had changed all this time and I did not know what. Although I was using the same camera, the same lenses, I went mainly in the same locations, under the same lighting conditions, the pictures were different, composed better, I was trying different exposures, I was willing to experience more. Why are the pictures differently? What has happened all this time?
Then, after a while, I was hitting the wall again and leaving everything, focusing my attention on something else. And again I went back to photography and the results were clearly better.
I noticed that the same process took place with the other activities whether it was hiking, drumming, climbing, cycling, etc. Each time I restarted one of these activities I did things differently, better, more exciting, more creative even if I used the same equipment under the same conditions. What happens in all this time I take these breaks?
Well, something extraordinary happened: I grew up, I matured, I was evolving.
All this time when I take a break from certain activities, what really changes is ME.
Now I do not feel guilty when I take a break. Now I look with interest and curiosity at what will happen after every break I take.