Green Tea and City Limits


At the time of writing this post somethings in life are spiralling out of my control but I have decided to turn this in to a positive post and look forward to the future.

In truth I have a lot to be grateful for. There are times that you have to stop yourself and realise that. I've been lucky enough to find a job that I love, one that stretches me to areas I never knew, tests my boundaries and one that I can be creative in many ways. I'm grateful for the unbelievable experiences that I've had over the past few years. I'm very grateful that I get to travel with my current employer and I get to see some fantastic things, meet some outstanding people and immerse yourself in a different culture for a week or so.

This is my third time of visiting China for business. I'm sure when I landed back home I probably commented negatively on the long flight, my heavily damaged luggage, the jet lag and the bad turbulence. It wasn't until I sat down to edit my personal photos from my trip to realise that I'd had yet another amazing trip on the face of it. I get to call myself an international photographer, getting on a plane and being flown half way round the world to take photos. This is something I always dreamed of but never really believed would truly happen. There are far worse jobs in the world and this is something that I never take for granted.

I am grateful to be a creative artist. To be able to pick up a camera and do something artistic with it. Over the last 12 months I have met people who aren't able to see things the way I do. I've also met people who have changed the way I view things. I have met people who don't get it at all and can't see or imagine what we do or are capable of. Being a creative person is something that I am becoming immensely proud of.

I am grateful that I get to sit on the side of West Lake in Hangzhou China for a few hours soaking up the atmosphere drinking green tea and chatting with colleagues. Half the world away with 2 hours on the clock until I need to leave for the airport.

I am grateful hat I have an awesome group of friends, incredible family and a multicultural mix of colleagues that make up my support network to come home to.

I am grateful for all I have right now because you never know when it might be gone.

Today...I am just grateful.

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Andrew James - Cheshire & Manchester based Commercial Product, Fashion and Wedding Photographer

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