My Investment

Today, I made an investment. I bought a good, rather expensive camera. My mother thinks I’m crazy and my dad thinks it too, but you know what, I don’t. I love photography, but I haven’t been able to do it much since my access to the high school cameras were cut-off at graduation. Today, I decided to use my hard-earned money to buy something I wanted and to put myself in a position to feel happy. I think perhaps that’s what my parents don’t understand. I didn’t spend a lot of money on a camera to take cute, high-quality pictures for Instagram, although that is a plus. I purchased this camera to capture the memories with my college friends during my last year here at URI. I bought a camera to remember the holidays with loved ones who are growing fragile. I now have a way to freeze time even if it's just for a moment. I can capture the sunrise on those mornings I can’t sleep. I can capture the moon during nights spent with friends on the freezing beach. I can take a high-quality picture of a wall of trees and unveil beauty in something often overlooked. So yes, I spent a lot of money, but if you were to ask me if it was worth it, I would say yes, yes, and then some! Photo Credit: https://image.shutterstock.com/image-vector/camera-photo-lens-vector-ill...

While writing this I also realized, I shouldn’t have to write this. I shouldn’t have to feel as though I need to explain myself. I worked fifty hours a week for two summers from the week classes ended to the week classes started. I sacrificed nights with my friends and family vacations. It is MY money. It’s not like I spent all of my mom’s money on a camera, I worked hard to be able to have the luxury of affording this camera. Here’s to all the moments I will capture with this new camera and here’s to the ones I’ll be enjoying too much to even remember to take a picture! 

                              Photo by: Ashley Wellman