So if you read my blog a few months back on the trials and tribulations of setting up the DJI Spark you will know how excited I was for my first foray into droning and drone photography (Spark of insanity ) But almost as much as it excited me the littlest drone in the DJI line up did leave me frustrated for the 4 months or so I did own it. Flying through a WIFI connection to the phone, the biggest bug bear I had was that the furthest out I could get it before losing signal was just over 100m at the limited height of 120m. Limited battery life was addressed through multiple batteries and the ease of flying with the remote was actually quite impressive. And then, in almost an ultimate act of insanity and almost to fulfill the prophecy I laid out in September, on the 30 December, the little spark flew out about 70m over the waves of Nature’s Valley and about 4m high then started to come back in reverse and decided to spit its own battery out and plummet into the knee-deep water of the Southern Indian Ocean.
Its my birthday next week you know…
Yeah of course I know
It would please me much if you were there…
Yeah I know that as well
So will you come?
But what do I come as?
It’s not a costume party, you don’t have to dress up but…
Shut up you know what I mean
…you can come as Hermoine dressed in her Gryffindor uniform perhaps?
Be serious! You know what I mean!
No I don’t actually…
Who do I come as? In relation to you?
Do I have to spell it out then?
Come as part of the friendship that they can’t comprehend, a bond that only you and I understand,
As my biggest critic who keeps me honest,
The person I can achieve anything with when you are standing beside me,
The one I wish was on every one of my adventures.
Come as the girl who smiles through the pain,
Who my heart breaks for only to be rebuilt by your strength and courage,
Come as the reader, the writer, the swimmer, the hiker,
The sister, the daughter, the scrappy street fighter.
Come as the person I would miss the most if you didn’t,
The part of me that would be missing if you were not there.
But mostly come as all that makes you YOU,
The person I perhaps hardly even know but who I want to spend every minute learning…
One of my quotes of all time is from Albert Einstein that goes “I have no particular talent, I am merely extremely inquisitive”. Now I make no claim to be anywhere close to the genius that was Einstein but I would say that I too have no particular talent except perhaps for being curious. And that can get you a long way sometimes but perhaps curiosity is not all you need (cos we all know that love is all you need). I’ve, in the last couple months, been having a recurring conversation with a few different people on the topic of natural talent versus hard work towards a goal versus having the better tools on hand to finish the job and buying some luck with that. The conversations seem pretty pointless because they inevitably lead nowhere because this debate is as old as time. I mean I’m sure even the early cavemen had hunters who made more kills because of a better spear or fishermen who caught fish easier because they were fishing 7 days a week. But let me give you my take because you’ve already read so far in, you might as well read on…