|In awkward poses but with a camera. We must suffer for the art.|
|This is the last thing my old Canon Rebel ever saw. Read about it here:|
I'm about an unsocial as the rest of the BJD hobby. Even now I have no idea what to do when someone asks too many questions. I mostly just stand there awkwardly, mumble a bit, and then fight-or-flight kicks in and I run away back to the safety of
Yet, I still go outside. I like my yard mostly because I have trees and cool aging things that make neat backgrounds. I like to challenge myself to make the same areas look different. Plus my neighborhood is used to me by now.
All of that aside however……
- Sunlight produces vitamin D. We need vitamin D to survive.
- Being in nature is proven to improve mood and help alleviate depression.
- Walking is good exercise.
- Yoga is also good exercise. And you will be doing yoga poses trying to take photos of your dolls.
is an excellent way to relieve yourself of negative energies. There's few
better ways to ground than, you know, getting your knees and feet in dirt.
Artistic endeavors, like photography, also raise your good mood. They get positive, creative juices flowing. Combine that with the energies of grass and trees and it's a recipe for Good Vibes.
Here's the deal. I have like, 0 confidence most of the time, but I've taught women's self-defense classes and I'm a huge proponent of the Fake it Till You Make it school of thought. There's a few things you can do to make yourself feel more confident:
- Hold your head up.
- Walk with long, powerful strides.
- Square your shoulders.
- Fake it. Faking confidence is the quickest way to actually building it.
- Know that it only takes about 10lbs of pressure to break a trachea. ;) Take a self-defense class. It'll make you feel like a badass. It'll make you safer.
- JUST DO IT.
Generally speaking, the average thug is just like a mountain lion or a bear. If you seem big and threatening, they're going to leave you alone.
You can also mitigate these fears by taking your doll to a decently public place, where there are people around so you don't get mugged or whatever. Time your visits around less busy times of the day, when there is less chance of heavy foot traffic. In my area, this is pretty much all day on Sunday and the hours between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM, and then from about 7:00 PM onward.
I've never actually had anyone other than some school kids point at me when I was out and about with my doll. And in all fairness, I would have stared too. After all, it was January and I was hiking up a snowy hillside from a river. The kids were on the bridge, coming back from school. I must have been a pretty funny sight.
Here's the truth:
Instead of thinking of the worst case, think of the good what-ifs. What if you inspire someone else to get out there and do what they dream of doing? What if you make a new friend?
So get out there. Get some nature. Play with some crazy doll angles. Use some trees. Use some playground equipment.