If you give a man a camera...

Photography by Victor Hernandez

Photography by Victor Hernandez

Most of the women I know happily explore their creativity. I don't find that to be as true for the men in my life. I'm not sure why there seems to be a disparity. 

I've written several blog posts on creativity. I listen to podcasts, read about it, and love quotes dedicated to the creative process. I believe that creativity is an essential part of our lives. 

Recently my husband and I became empty-nesters. But faced with the extra time, my husband didn't know what to do with himself. He's a happy person by nature, so his unhappiness was disturbing. I knew he need a creative outlet.

For Father's day, I bought him a DSLR camera. I don't speak the language of photographers - aperture, shutter speed, or exposure. I take pictures I think are museum quality with my iphone, but what do I know?

He started taking photography classes online. He joined a photography group and has gone with them on several outings. His smile is back.

Recently on a trip to downtown Austin to shoot some city scenes, he met a parkour enthusiast named Collin. Collin was running along the top of the light poles in the park. 

With Collin's permission, my husband shot him in action then they looked through the results together. I can't think of another time that the two of them would have crossed paths, let alone interacted.

His new hobby has been wonderful. His photographs are getting better every day. But the best thing has been the joy that he has experienced in the process.

If you don't have a creative outlook, find one. In my opinion, it's an essential element in a happy life.