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How To Find Balance In Any Situation

Most of us are far too worried about our fears and emotions. If you want to avoid the emotional roller coaster, practice meditation and a form of mindfulness meditation — without the mental chatter — to gain a stronger foundation for your life and a better understanding of how you really think.

This year has been quite an adventure. I’ve moved from having many of my heroes on my vision board to meeting nearly all of them in real life, and in many cases sharing conversations in their living rooms, during long in car rides together or even in their bedroom (don’t worry, nothing risqué was involved).

I’ve traveled around the world with my camera, got to know many of the biggest and most promising musicians and many incredible people I’ve never met before, and discovered the many new aspects of the digital age and how they have impacted our lives as we know it.

I have become an author and have released two books (one of which is on my blog ), and have had the honor of traveling around the world as a panelist on the first-ever TED Radio Hour (you can listen to it here  (link to download)).

In my opinion, the best way to live is to just enjoy your life as it comes without thinking about how you’re related to what you see, know, and do in whatever situation. I have found that many of the most difficult moments in life are those where we are forced to think about our identity because things are going well, or when we’re afraid. I think that the most critical thing we can focus on is just being there with other people and enjoying themselves, and with those situations and encounters, we can better understand our nature. That’s why I do not need my “logic,” my rational thought processes that keep me grounded and in check. I feel as if I can get more creative and more alive when I simply follow my heart.

As someone who has seen both sides of the camera and who has had a lot of experience in the professional world on both sides — that is, working for media companies and working at my own company as a photographer and videographer — I have had a lot of perspective about our society, how it has changed over time, and what might be happening in the future. The digital age has introduced some new dangers, and given us more opportunities. But we are still living in a world where many people feel insecure and uncomfortable, and where the power of technology is still being overused.

This is the most important lesson that I learned as a photographer and videographer: You needn’t get overly frustrated when you run into a technical issue. I’m not a perfectionist by nature and I am not afraid to fail, but when I do, I don’t give up. Sometimes that failure makes me realize that the problem is with me instead of with the technology. On the flip side, I have also been successful with very basic technical issues that have never been addressed before. These failures sometimes reveal a problem with my software or camera hardware, and have given me the tools and techniques I needed to be better in the future.

One of my favorite quotes ever is from Richard Feynman: “I would like to have the power to turn my life into a movie and then watch it in the quiet of my home after a few months.” He was right. It was such a powerful way to capture his story and my experience. And that was the idea.