Patience with Tied Hands


This image was not planned out per se or edited to be coherent with a certain theme. I often plan my shoots and photograph and edit to address a meaning or a subject matter. With “Patience with Tied Hands” it was one of those instances where I shot what I liked and the meaning became clear during the editing process ;)

Sometimes life forces you to be patient, sometimes patience is a wise choice. Either way, patience doesn't always come easy, especially when you don't have another choice but be patient! But it is a handy tool for our journey through life. Often being patient, taking a step back instead of the next one forward, is the smartest thing to do – when it comes to your business, your job, people in your life, life changes that you feel a big urgency about, or changes in yourself. Some things cannot be rushed.

It becomes difficult, though, when being patient is not your own choice but is forced on you. This is essentially what I see being represented in this image. She calmly accepts the fact that she is forced to wait, she looks off into the distance, maybe looking towards the future and to what presents the end of her inability to take action.

I intend to practice my own ability to be more patient and find myself looking into hobbies or interests that require me to be more patient. The first thing that comes to my mind is my vegetable garden. Over two years ago I moved and jumped at the opportunity to create a vegetable garden. We all know that there is almost no greater lesson in patience than growing a garden. You start from seed or very small plants, take care of them for months. It seems to take forever until you can reap the benefits of a lot of work. And a lot of patience. But in the fall, when you enjoy a meal with your family and prepared it with your own vegetables and herbs, the satisfaction is simply immense!

Because to me patience and nature are strongly tied together, I picked the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson to accompany the image: “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”

If you want to share your thoughts about patience, feel free to use the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!

Full size image here ! :)