The Preservation of History and Life Lessons
My family recently had the opportunity to visit The Midwest Railway Preservation Society. Ever since I can remember, my father has had a passion for trains like no other. The basement had a train set from when he grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s. He would drag us to train museums as kids. At the time I felt like it was dragging, I never shared his passion. I honestly dreaded the thought of the mere sight of another train.
I am now In my mid 30’s and have successfully stayed away from trains since I was a teenager. A couple months ago my father said there was an open house for the Midwest Railway Preservation Society. He asked if I would like to go along with him. At first I started to cringe, but then the light bulb turned on. With having a passion for photography, I thought this would be a nice opportunity for me. So I agreed to go and see things from my perspective this time.
I am really glad I did, for once I was able to enjoy my time looking at trains. I found a way to incorporate my passion with my father’s. Part of my style of photography, is showing people the things they miss when its right in front of them. It was a lesson I learned again myself that day. I missed so many beautiful details all those years, because I couldn’t get passed my own self. As human beings we are constantly getting in our own way.
So what’s the life lesson here you ask. The lesson here is that it’s okay if our children don’t share our passion. It’s okay if our parents don’t share ours. As parents its our job to cultivate our children’s passions and find a way to connect with them through ours. If we don’t open our minds up, we could be missing out on many opportunities with our kids.