John Paul Caponigro is one of my favorite modern day photographers and teachers. His work and teachings are among the finest you can find. I occasionally peruse his site and blog to see what new work he has posted. Today I was looking at some of his material and I read this quote and wanted to share it with you:
Freeman Patterson offers excellent advice. List all of the rules of
photography. And break them. If you do this, you’ll develop a better
understanding of the medium. I recommend you take this advice one step
further. List all of your rules of photography. And break them. You’ll
either find confirmation that what you’re doing is right for you or
you’ll make new breakthroughs.
While JP was referring to photography, you could take this quote one step farther, especially with regards to how we live our lives. Those of us in our 40's, 50's, and onward grew up with a set of rules that formed the foundation for how we thought our lives should be lived.
I believe that in the modern day world, 2012, those rules no longer work. That it is imperative for each of us to seek out new ways to live our lives -- new ways to find peace, happiness, love and yes, even prosperity. So, go break the rules, change your life, find a way to Live.