In China the peony is a symbol of prosperity. Here in Hawaii a lot of folks know it as a “good luck” flower. I just enjoy it for its beauty– lush, translucent, petals unfolding like layers of lace. It’s a striking flower with a delicate, almost ethereal quality and it is impossible to ignore.
After two decades as a news reporter and anchor for the local CBS affiliate in Hawaii I knew it was time to quit. I had a son with special needs about to enter middle school. He needed my time and I was more than ready and willing to give it to him. It was time, I thought, to refocus and prioritize. My mission (to paraphrase the words of a childhood hero) was to explore strange new worlds, to seek out a new life and new possibilities. To boldly go where I haven’t gone before.
Of course I still have a connection to journalism in the weekly column I write for a local newspaper. And I discovered a new and exciting passion– photography. After so many years in front of a camera I was reveling in the freedom and creativity behind the lens.
When I consider what life is like after a no-holds-barred career in a stressful but gratifying field, I see possibilities unfolding before me like the petals of peony.
I don’t know if photography will bring me prosperity. I do know it’s already brought something priceless to my life– the ability to capture a bit of beauty and share it with the world.
See? The peony has already brought me good luck.