What I Learned from my Supervisor in 4 Weeks

A few weeks ago I found out that my supervisor was leaving the park service to start a new life in another state. I didn’t really know how to feel because we had only known each other for a couple of weeks, yet he knew so much about me and my story. Now that it’s been a month and his last day is this week, I am sad that he is leaving but grateful that he taught me many valuable skills and lessons.

Though learning about graphic design and publications are extremely valuable skills, I think the most important lesson I learned from him was that I need to start taking more pictures. I tend to be very hesitant to take pictures of myself because I feel awkward and out of place, but on our last field trip to Circle X Ranch he reminded me that I am going to want to remember this experience. I immediately thought back to all the times I did not take pictures of myself in places where I kinda wish I did, how I cannot remember what I look like at certain times in my life because I did not keep record of it.

One day, I would like to look back on my life and see myself through time, through all my adventures, through my struggles and my successes. We tend to forget the small details of what our life used to be, and I don’t want to forget. From now on, I will take more pictures, I will pose, even if I feel awkward, and I will post them, even if I don’t completely like how I look. My image of myself will no longer stop me from capturing the most important and beautiful moments of my life. Huge thanks to my supervisor for helping me realize this, you will be missed.

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