I went for a hike this morning along the Greenbelt. I left before sunrise hoping for some beautiful morning light, but unfortunately it was pretty overcast. Not one to be dismayed, I trudged on. After all, an early morning hike on an beautiful, uncrowded trail is always a great way to start your day. 

I’ve lately been thinking a lot about one of the (many) principles I try to live my life by. I always preach that you should do what you want to do with your life. Don’t settle. Do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place. This, of course, is easier said that done and I can certainly tell you that I don’t always feel so confident in my own beliefs. 

But perseverance is a virtue that requires strength, faith, and above all patience; and over the last few months, I’ve started to really see and feel some of that perseverance paying off. 

There was a point in my hike today, where I didn’t think I’d shot anything worthwhile. The light was flat and dull; and the humidity had dampened my spirits. But towards the tail end, as I was getting close to my car, the sun crept out and gave me the beautiful morning light I’d been craving and I was able to get this shot. 

It was a reminder not to let myself be dismayed when things aren’t perfect. Sometimes you just have to persevere for a little bit longer.