2017 - Being Yourself
Without sounding too much like the Time's Person of the Year or the New York Times' Year in Review, I'm reflecting my 2017 on Feb. 14th, 2018. A little too late, you say? I have my perfect reasons (excuses). First, it's not until 16th, Chinese lunar calendar turns to 2018. As a Canadian-Chinese, I should obey this grand tradition. On that note, Happy Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog) everyone! Second, I'm a wedding photographer hence I'm naturally romantic at heart. What's a better date to do this than on the Valentine's Day? Last and probably the only true reason: I have only recently and finally had a chance to really see, digest and reflect what I have done over the last year.
Somewhere, someone said marriage should open a new world to you. On multiple levels, this is so true to me. The ceremony and celebration of marriage, wedding, capture my passion and stimulate my creativity. Foremost, that's what brought my better half and I together as one. I'd not be the photographer I aspire to be today without her unconditional (albeit sometimes conditional :)) support and encouragement.
Let me end with a verse of poem our officiant (wonderful Shirley Reay) read in our wedding before we exchanged vows and rings.
"I love you, not for what you are, but what I am, when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but what you are making of me.
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself."