If you’re in North America and feeling a little blue what with the lack of sunshine and good television programming, follow my lead.
Install a bird feeder right outside your kitchen window. Install might be a bit dramatic. It makes it sounds as though you’ll need power tools, an instruction manual, a six pack and some bandaids. In my case all I needed was a pole with a hook on it. Take a look and see what you need, then go get it.
Birds have a really hard time finding food in the winter, and people have a really hard time getting cheered up.
So when it’s dark and gloomy and there isn’t even the fun of a big snowstorm and you’re thinking you can’t take winter one second longer … you’ll glance outside and see a bird. The only time this will worsen your mood as opposed to improve it is when you attempt to take a picture of the bird in the feeder. And fail. For an hour straight. Because the bird keeps flying away. Eventually you’ll pack your camera away, and upon your return to the kitchen you’ll find the bird actually hanging out in the bird feeder for minutes on end. Putting on a show really. Primping and preening and doing weird mating dances looking like something from the documentary Earth. You will then sneak away to get your camera again. Only to return to find the bird feeder empty again. So, yeah … that’s really the only downfall to having a birdfeeder outside your kitchen window. But if you can get past that little annoyance then you’re gold.
My birdfeeder where just moments ago a bird sat.
However, all is not lost. And I don’t want you to leave this post thinking well … hell … if I can’t get a picture of the bird in my newly installed kitchen window birdfeeder then what’s the point?
Do not lose hope. All you need is patience. There are very few things in life that can’t be accomplished if you show a little patience. Whenever someone asks me how I made it in television I tell them, I’m not necessarily the most talented … but I am the most patient. I stuck with it. Through good times and bad. Through every dry spell or rejection I never gave up. I showed patience.
And as with any other thing worth having in life, patience saw me through my birdfeeder debacle.
Behold … the money shot. Which I never would have got, had I not been patient.
p.s. Expect to be humming Guns N’ Roses for the next hour or so.