Thursday, 21 February 2013

Your Life Is How You See It

So. The other day, I was sat in my flat watching the sunset from the colours hitting the windows of the flats opposite me - unfortunately, I don't get a sunset view, so I have to use my imagination a little ;)

The skies were lovely and blue, if you didn't notice the cold it could have been summer. It's been a while since things felt special like that, even though I always used to tell myself to make an effort to make it feel special anyway. 

I got up, got in my car, wound down the windows and put the heat on full steam to trick myself into thinking it was baking hot outside, so hot I had to have my air con on full blast! ;) I slid a nice song on, this was my choice for the day:

In my mind, and in my memories, I will remember that day as the day I had a winter's summer day. It reminded me of a lesson I've learned throughout this sometimes-fun sometimes-not little adventure called life.

Your life is the way you see it. 

When I'm older, I will not live in a mansion in New York, I will not have a series of flashy cars. I know exactly how my future will be - purely because I truly believe that our lives tend to swing towards what we imagine for ourselves. If we let ourselves feel like we are failures, we will end up as them. 

When I picture my life in the future, I see myself living in the countryside with open fields, having kids running round with the sunlight in my face, not in a reflection of my neighbours window. I will have this as my future. This is what I am working towards, this is for me. Not having this is not an option. And I will work so hard for it.

What do you see your future as? Where can you see yourself living? Who do you want to be? Are you happy?

Failure is only an option if you make it one. You make your life - if you want to achieve the things that inspire you to get up in the morning, then make a plan and go and do them!!! I want to take photos which get recognised - I want to photograph famous people, I want people to find something unique in my imagery and I want people to say that those photographs inspire them. I don't have too much of a care for being famous myself, but I hope that in being a successful photographer I can achieve my house in a field of sunshine. I hope I can help change some lives, inspire some paths and make people re-consider where they want their life to go.

I will do all the things I want to do - purely because I will. My life will be the way I see it. 
Similarly, money is great to have and takes away stress, but money is not the only thing I would like to have in my life. You can have plenty of money and life can still be dull, full of muted colours and crappy music. Roll down those windows and let that sunlight in. Got no car? Legs still work.

Sometimes in my life when I feel sad, it is because I have not let myself enjoy the world for whatever reason. We all get so caught up in what is happening currently - even though we're all fully aware that life is short, circumstances are temporary and we can all get through it. Nonetheless, we are all so busy stressing and thinking, sorting and planning, doing and running, that we forget to look down at our fingers on the keyboard and realise how pretty the light looks on them today. We forget to notice how young our hands are, and it's only when we see the wrinkles and the veins that we wish we'd appreciated it.

Your life is how you see it. I am not going to look back and wish I had appreciated everything that is going on around me - my youth, the feeling of the world, the fashions, the weather, my parent's laughter and the feeling of hope for what lies ahead.

Someday this will all be over. Everyone always talks about making every day count, living in the moment and all the quotes we hear over and over again, agree with - but somehow the days pass and it's tomorrow that will be better.

When I am old, I will be lying in my bed at home preparing to take my last breaths. I will be thinking about all the bizarre things that I swore I'd never think about, wondering which bizarre thought would be my last. I just lost The Game, dammit! But I will feel like I have finished my life with the peace that I have appreciated so much, forgotten so much, lived so little and yet have lived so much. Life is what you see. Your life can be whatever you like, a winter's summer day or a life where you only see the sunset reflected on your neighbour's window. I know which one I'm going to have.


  1. "life is short, circumstances are temporary and we can all get through it"

    Rosie you've no idea how much that spoke to me right now. Love your never ending optimism, thank you for this post :D x

  2. My parents laughter... That made me smile just thinking about it :D

  3. Rosie this is so beautiful, it almost made me cry

  4. I really needed to read this right now. Thank you so much. You're always a huge inspiration xxxx

  5. This is wonderful Rosie. I always love hearing your thoughts. They are a great inspiration to me. I know you definitely will achieve that countryside house. :)

  6. :) thank you rosie. the days when i have an attitude like this is when i actually genuinely smile and feel content in my heart, and when i start to have some faith in the kindness of the world and what i can do to further it. so thank you for this. i'll think of your words when i start to feel down and want to give up. i'll think of these words when i don't feel like i can love myself, or when i feel like i don't have the power to make myself happy and achieve my dreams. i know i can do it. thank you rosie.

  7. this is so true, i always believe that your life turns out to be exactly how you picture it and i'm sure that you will have a lovely house in the countryside and that you will enjoy every bit of it! your writings as well as your pictures are inspiring and i wish you the best of luck for what's coming next :)

  8. It's true. All of it. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  9. Rosie, I really needed this. As the song played, I absorb every word, feeling things I was afraid to feel until I knew someone else felt the same way... if that makes any sense.

    Thanks for your positivity and love for sunlight and life.
    Thanks for sharing your unique view through your unique artistry.


  10. Wow.
    I'm really flashed at the moment.
    Those words are so true and I thank you so much for reminding me that I was letting go on my dreams and recently just got kind of swallowed by reality.
    Your an inspiration to me. And I thank you so much for this!

  11. Rosie Hardy! I love you girl, thank you.
    Thank you for being one of the first people (even though I dont know you & you dont know me) to inspire me to start photography. For encouraging me to keep going and push through, for reminding me to see and appreciate the beauty of the present moment!

  12. Love your work. Keep it up - you should update your blog a little more often though!!! ;)

    Ps. hate to admit im a fan of charlie simpsons!!

  13. Beautiful. If you weren't a famous photographer, you could have been a famous writer. :)

  14. thank you so much for what i've just read.
    you are amazing, and i know that you're gonna have that house in the fields))