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Do you know that feeling? The fear of not being good enough? The will and aim for perfection? And have you also realized that with this mindset, nothing will actually change? You’re kind of stuck. Not moving forward nor developing. And eventually you may end up frustrated and regretful since you didn’t even try.

That’s exactly how I often felt about my photography skills. Over the last couple of years, I’ve intensified my interest in documentary photography. Yet, I’ve always thought I would need to be better, kind of perfect to start sharing images with the public.

But there’s this quote that got stuck in my head lately. It applies to both starting something, such as initiatives, social businesses and other sorts of ventures, and in general the creative person:

“To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.” ― Joseph Chilton Pearce

Young Kenyan boys playing outside the streets of Pipeline.

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Young Kenyan boys playing outside the streets of Pipeline. Eldoret, Kenya 2014

So yesterday I went through my pictures of the last couple years. I’ve traveled and seen so much!!! I’ve become richer in experiences, developed a better understanding of cultural differences and I got aware of problems people face in other parts of the world. So instead of prioritizing the want for being perfect, I’ve decided to start sharing stories. Stories of hope and inspiration. Stories that I think are worth sharing and that could interest the one or another. I might not end up being a National Geographic photographer, but I’ll have done something for my own peace of mind, and that might be much more valuable than anything else.

Tailor in Eldoret_Melanie Akerboom Photography

Female tailer working with her sewing machine outside the building while chatting to a young lady. Eldoret, Kenya 2014

So have a look and tell me what you think. Every now and then I’ll post and share a new picture via my profiles on Instagram and Facebook. The principle will be the same as with this blog: work in progress. 🙂