I was talking to a friend of mine today and I made a realization about me and my love of tools.

Now, I’m talking about tools in the broader sense and not simply hand tools. Things like computers, storage, cameras, and the lot count as tools by that definition.

The realization I made as I was riding back from the office was it’s not the quantity of the tools (though I love having more tools!). It’s that I don’t want to be held back by my tools. I want my tools to be better than me so if I can’t get something to work the way I want it’s simply my own fault.

My own fault due to error or simple lack of understanding of the problem.

The tool, even if it’s a craptacular Harbor Freight tool, as long as it’s better than me, is good enough.

That’s why my camera kit winds up being what it is: I fancy myself a fairly decent photographer. I don’t want my gear to be the limitation. Limitations that I impose on myself are another thing entirely though.